flatmatt (1056) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is creamy with coffee and roastiness. Flavor has the strong roast coffee with cocoa and some earthiness. This really walks the line between brown ale and porter, and I think at many breweries it would be considered the latter.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown body, full tan head that takes its time dissipating. Nose of choclate, caramel, a little spicy character. Medium body, medium carbonation, nice malt sweetness up front and a little bit of roast and hop on the finish. Lots of chocolately malt goodness throughout. Well-balanced, rich and full of flavor but without overwhelming. Reminds me a lot of New Holland Cabin Fever, which is a favorite of mine.
hopscotch (8841) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… RBSG 2010… Very dark brown ale (nearly black) with a small, wispy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose is nutty and chocolaty – milk chocolate mainly. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavor is a semi-sweet blend of caramel and mocha. Finishes rich, mocha-laden and lightly sweet.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Tiffany’s in Kalamazoo. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, nutty notes and a hoppy finish. The taste is chocolate, leafy bitter hops, citrus and a nutty finish. Medium bodied.
ketchepillar (1057) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dark Horse. A nice malty brown. Slightly smoky. Nice toasted malt character. Special roast perhaps?
Cybercat (3218) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma has overtone of burnt brown sugar and a hint of caramel. Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, creamy fine-bubbled pale tan head. Lip-smacking flavor is malty with tones of caramel and molasses and just a hint of fruit. Texture is pleasingly smooth with a nice subtle tingle. Worth hunting down!
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pretty good. Unclear tootsie-roll color. Aroma is rich, brown sugar, tootsie-roll, bit of roast. Flavor follows, very rich, slight vinous kick, tootsie-roll but more like a dark chocolate. Pretty good but a bit much to drink more than one of.
TheAlum (5555) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from the Binnys singles rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a nice dark murky brown, lighter edges leading to less haziness than I thought, a small medium brown head sits atop, rings and clings and laces lightly. Aromas are a decent brown malt sweetness, faint cocoa and biscuits with light caramel, toffee, and decent breadiness. A very light floral hopping. Simple brown ale with a bit of earthiness to it. Initial is lighter bodied, brown malts and a bit of earthy tobacco mix with florals and earthy hops, light cocoa and sweetness, a bit thin body wise. More bitter cocoa and roast come in, and a decent dose of tobbacco. A decent brown a bit too thin for me.. I’d like it more as a brown porter, the roast and bitterness seem like they are stuck between brown ale and that lighter porter. Not bad, decent flavors, just too thin of a body, can’t hold the bitterne
ss well.. Almost makes it a bit offensive
bigbish (510) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
this is a tasty beer. Great malt flavor, just a touch of bitterness. A good brown beer.
HonkeyBra (3255) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with light off white head. Aroma of brownies, pecans, Brown sugar, cinnamon, malt, oatmeal cookies. Pretty nice aroma. Flavor is awesome. Cinnamon raisin bread, oatmeal, Light chocolate. Absolutely delicious. Leave it to Dark Horse to make a brown ale I’d like. One of the best brown ales I’ve had.