tillmac62 (677) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOD 12/19/15. Dark brown cola like pour. Slightly below normal head volume, normal lacing and retention.
Outstanding rich nose of nuts, molasses, light roast char and a hint of dark chocolate.
Light medium body with a smooth texture with a few creamy hints and aspects. Superb carbonation with a fairly effervescent middle and a nice finely bubbled prickly finish.
The flavor profile is quite good and rather flavorful for a brown ale. The flavors of the nose all appear with a nutty molasses serving as the base. It begins with a wave of light roast char that hints at chocolate. The middle brings a low bitterness that fades allowing a light sweetness to emerge. Here is where chocolate makes its strongest showing over a growing toasted grain influence. The finish has a hint of dryness and a slow fade of nutty charred grain.
FROMTHEBOTTLE (67) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pour into tulip glass. Lack of head is typical of brown ales. Beer appears to have some body to it. Taste is rich and sweet. Hints of roast malts, nuts and even cola. 7%abv well balanced with all the sweetness before dry aftertaste kicks in. Above average in my opinions for a brown ale. They tend not to have this much flavor. Would buy again for sure.
Maarten1993 (867) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank with Thierry at my place 18-2-2016. Liked this beer. Has a rich taste, sweet aftertaste. Has more components than the average brown ale.
climberbob (405) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into tulip. Dark ruby brown almost black. Thin tan head. Nutty, malty but also slightly musty aroma. Similar taste notes but with hints of resin and hop bitterness. Dry. Ok. Would drink again but not go out of my way to track it down.
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chinchill (4113) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours clear dark brown; translucent. Small, semi-durable head.
Malty aroma with more complexity than evident in the flavor. The flavor is slightly bitter and a touch more dark roasted in flavor than average for style. In fact, there’s a faint touch of char that comes out in the aftertaste. Flavorful.
Smooth, medium-full body with medium-light carbonation.
scarletfire65 (1320) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at Hackney’s Printers Row. A standard brown ale with an herbal, leafy hop note. Bit of tea and cola as well. Not very good, but I’ve been here all day, so maybe it’s better than I think. My palate may be fatigued.
Stylurus (17) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown color and short creamy head from a 12 oz bottle. Aroma of slight caramel and roasted grains. Initial creamy mouthfeel followed by carbonation on the tongue.
Marduk (6004) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Deep muddy brown color. Medium size, beige-tan head, stays. Sweet, malty, caramel, mellow grassy hops in aroma. Nice malty roast, hazelnuts, sweetish, fruity hops in taste. Nice malts and hops in aftertaste. Mellow bitterness. Beautiful brew.
FatPhil (13298) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle (Bierfox, Riga)
Lovely rich husky aroma, branny. Reddy brown, persistent tight beige head. Lovely rich malty body, classic US brown ale - rich malty and spicy too. Hint of nettles. Sweetish, but nicely attenuated too. Finish is nice and spicy, even reminds me of rye. Gentle dry leafy hopping. Lovely brew. This is why I like dark horse. This is a simple beer done very well. Totally shits on the boring English traditional brown ale formulations. Would happily drink a full pint and want to go back for another one. 7% - no way.
DocJitsu (1587) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2015
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a barleywine color with a very large caramel colored head. Cow tail candy and cola on the nose. Way over carbonated. Hard to drink. Cola flavor, some chocolate, too bitter for the style. This one’s ready for the drain.