StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ GTMW. Beautiful deep chestnut in color with a thin, foamy grey head. Big caramel and nutty whiff with some chocolate dinner roll hints. Full, nut laden quaff, lining itself with the likes of hazelnut casings and caramelized pecans. Carbonation might be a little too accentuated, but the rest of the balance is achieved. Otherwise, itís about as good as a brown can go.
heemer77 (5007) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Thin, slightly tan head. The color is a very dark amber with some brown coloring. The aroma is pears and light cinnamon with a hint of oranges. The taste is bread crust, oranges and high waulity dried tobacco. Very nice and satisfying brown.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown with a small light tan head. Light cardboard and nutty aroma. The flavor also has some cardboard as well as nutty roasted malts. Lightly hops. Watery body. This bottle was past its prime but it seemed rather uninspiring regardless.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a brown color with a small white head. aroma is malt. flavor is not too great. body is alright but this is just pretty bad.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thin looking brown color with large chunks of floating sediment and a small tan head. The nose is a malty mix of toffee, some chocolate, raisins, alcohol and a hint of hops. Light bodied and watery. With roasted nut and a touch of coffee and hop flavors. Not a bad brown ale, but far from a classic.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very nicely done brown ale. Rich malty aromas mix with hops in the nose. Deep chestnut color. Thin head. Malts dominate the taste, very rich and nutty. Hops show in the tail end nicely. Recommended!
JoeM500 (1900) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Mike at the brewpub ( a customer) for an old bottle! Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Chocolate and toffee nose with some bitter hints! Rich and chewy body, I think this has aged well, pure toffee aftertaste and some dryness, coffee hints, alcohol and bitter chocloate. Very good all warm and straight out of a car trunk!
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
good beer overall....very dark pour with beige head...toasted nutty taste, with a smoky aftertaste; an enjoyable beer
jtw (1039) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
small beige head on a dark beer--closer to black than brown. nutty, toasty, malty, almondy. flavor is very almond-like, plenty of toasty malt with only a tiny bit of hidden bitterness. earthy, soily feel, some woody tannins. good brown ale.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer bottle brown color, nearly opaque with rusty edges, thin tan cap adorns the top A thin collar keeps and the lacing is spongy in strings. Nose is mild with a slight roasty malt and a bit of caramel and toffee. Taste brings out much more, thank goodness for that, and whats there is quite nice for a brown. Well rounded taste, mild and foregoing, lengthy and bold. Roasty, husky, earthen malts speak easy across the palate, moderately sweet with a dark toffee tang. Some astringencies are present, but not eagerly so, just right I think. Feel is good with about a medium body and a peppy carbonation. Lightly dry roasty touch slips into the finish. A fine brown ale to be sure, not as sweet as others which was good. More of a straight up roastyness with a small earthy, raw grains taste thatís nicer then most browns.