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A rich, robust American style brown ale. Brewed using roasted and chocolate malted barley. Four stars in The Great Lakes Beer Guide! Notice the malty aroma, some fruit undertones and the roasty finish. Deep and complex, this beer is great with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle from OhioDad Thanks!

Pours a murky brown with a nice head and clinging lace. Aroma is a sweet smoke aroma, with hints of roasted nut and bits of chocolate. Actually, the more I smell it the more prominent the smokiness is. Flavor is a sweet berry-like boquet, with some caramel and candy thrown in the mix as well. The flavor and the palate roll on the tongue in waves; high intensity, lower intensity, high intensity, and rounded out by a subsiding cascade of flavor. I am enjoying this beer. Dad: Send more, eh?!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Draft at brewpub. Brown color with an average creamy off-white head that lasted. Moderate sweet toasted aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Good toasted flavor with an average well balanced finish. Good solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2006
bottled. Nice deep burgandy-brown crystal-clear pour. Nice roasty-toasty aroma thatís not overdone(like lots of microís browns). Flavor leads with understated chocolate malt, hint of brown sugar and finishes sweetly with nice toasty malt. Nice residual sweetness leaves the impression of a rich luxurious beer clear through the clean finish. Wonderful!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) This bottleís a little funky, Iím getting some a mild amount of sour, stinky cheese with this one, both in the nose and flavor. The funky cheese poofs away quickly, but while the sourness mellows (or more likely, Iím just getting used to it), it never really goes away. Perhaps thatís part of the nutty flavor, some nuts hint at sourness. The other flavor and aroma that jumps out is a freshly roasted coffee. Itís just a little bit, but itís enough to notice. Behind that, itís nutty, chocolaty, and only mildly sweet. The beer is medium brown in color and is topped by a half inch of light tan head that settles to a wide ring. Only a few spots of lace on the glass. Meh, the beerís okay, but too much sourness kind of gets in the way. Perhaps I should retry this again, and if the sourness isnít an issue, I really think Iíll like that nut, chocolate and coffee flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Thanks to OhioDad for the 12 oz. bottle. Scott must have part ownership in this brewpub, heís sending it everywhere :)
a reddish brown pour with a very fast fading head. aroma is sweet with roasted malt. flavor is of sweet brown sugar, roasted malt, hints of chocolate and molasses. a little thin on the palate but overall a very nice beer. I wish I had tried this one with a roast pork dinner with some brown gravy, it would have been a perfect compliment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!). Bottle opened with a loud psst and a small gush - needless to say, this one poured all (and I mean all) head. The head never fully settled (the best I could get it was 4 fingers of head vs. 2.5 finger of beer). Color was a medium to deep brown. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and light caramel. Tastes of nuts, lighter chocolate, roasted malts with a lightly bitter finish. Thinner body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Thanks to OhioDad for this beer.

Bottle was a gusher... lost about 1/3 of it all over my bedroom floor... thanks Scott, you heartless bastard! (JK) Poured ruby with a tall off-white head. Smell is intriguing... earthy, woody... almost like a stew. Taste is somewhat smoky and a little tart... perhaps already showing signs of infection (which would explain the gushing). Probably a decent session beer if fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Poured brown with huge foamy white head. Nose has malts and some earth, wood? Tast is pleasant, sweet malts, and some raosted flavor, maybe a bit of smoke. Nice brown ale, thanks to OhioDad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Courtesy of OhioDad. Roasty/nutty aroma. Deep brown with a dime thin head. Nice roasted barley flavor, but feels a bit thin and finishes on a not entirely pleasant tobacco note. Still as I drink it I notice a bit of malt/grape sweetness and the tobacco notes fade as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle Pours a medium dark clear brown. A fine light tan head and sparce lacing. A dark roasted aroma with a thin slightly sour chocolate hint. Flavors were sweet roasted and slightly metallic. Easy on the fizz as well as the hops. A decent brown. Thanks to Ohiodad for this one.

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