Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ørsted Ølbar. Roasted. Fruity. Nutty. Dry cocoa powder. Nice light hoppy. Light berries. Smokey notes. Light bitterness. Nice dryness.
alobar (3019) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a chestnut brown color with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and bread. Some roasted malts, chocolate, bread, and a touch of hops. Very nice beer! Quite tasty.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared by rateyourpoison. Pours an unclear soft brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, bready with plenty of chocolate malt and a nice toasted grain note. Flavor is sweeter with an even bigger chocolate character, a bit of a burnt roasted note but mostly sweet with caramel and toffee and a subtle but present earthy hop balance in the finish Medium body and a bit of a sharper carbonation. Pretty good brown ale
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz btl. Pours deep brown with a hint of red and a thin light tan head. An aroma of roasted malt and vanilla coffee. Smooth to start with tha sweet lasting maltiness with a nice bitter kick towards the end. I wrote brown ales off at first but this is another great one.
Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown ale is often times synonymous w/ bland and boring and this is one of those exceptions that proves the rule. It is roasty and hoppy enough that you’d probably call it an American porter if didn’t say otherwise on the label. In other words, because it is flavorful, you think it is a different style. The color is dark and porter-like. The head is nice and thick, made of evenly small bubbles. A slightly piny hop pressence hits the nose first but is backed by a nice, roasted character. This is a medium dry beer which works quite well w/ the pale ale-like hoppiness and gentle roasted character. This is maybe slightly less roasty than a good porter or a stout but there are many bad porters and stouts that aren’t nearly so flavorful. A creamy but lively palate rounds out this reserved but excellent brown. If more brewers put this level of attention detail into their browns, maybe more people would give a shit about the style.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful deep chestnut in color poured into my new DFH pint glass, with a thin, foamy tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate with a touch of nuttiness, and a hint of hops. Flavor is malty with tones of caramel, Cocoa and molasses and just a hint of dark fruit. A nice Brown Ale. Creamy and smooth. light bodied for an American Brown. But one I would get again.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very cloudy brown (dark apple cider) with a pathetically-thin warm tan head. Smells of coffee, toffee, chocolate brownie cookie with a mild hoppiness. Flavor is a delcious chocolate cookie with mild spicy hop flavor and bitterness to balance. Candy. Nice full body. This is simple, sweet, malty, and delicious.
nsquishee (629) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, malty, chocolatey aroma. Small off-white head with a deep brown color. Light sweetness, light bitterness combines with moderate carbonation. Very tasty brown ale with complex flavors of oak, malt, and a dash of hops. Solid choice for a fall beer. Go Dark Horse!
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Dark Horse for RBSG’10 - dark brown, thin brown head. some smooth caramel malts, nutty some light soapiness. a bit strange mouthfeel but pretty nice, basic brown ale.
Block (1650) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a think brown head. Smells sweet, chocolate and caramel and just a hint of coffee. Medium body. Initially sweet. Fads to a burnt bitterness. Pretty carbonated.