kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy light brown head. The nose has some decent nutty and grainy notes, but there’s also a bit of a soapy note that’s a bit off-putting. The flavor is decent, but it’s on the lighter side. Toasty and lightly nutty with some sweet brown sugar notes. Some lighter lingering light-roast coffee on the finish. Light to medium bodied,a touch clingy, with moderate fizzy carbonation. Decent beer, but not up there with my favorites from Dark Horse.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown colored body with a thin, creamy, light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is malty with a good amount of chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Some nutty toast, toffee, a light earth, and barely a hint of coffee astringency. Nice, malty brown ale aroma. Flavor is similar with a bit more earth and roast standing out. Lots of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, toasty toffee, and nuts making up a full malt backing. The earth balances the malt sweetness nicely before a distinct, light-medium roast and coffee comes in during the finish and grows in the aftertaste. Finishes with a rich maltiness and pleasant dryness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, smooth, easy drinking body with a light-moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, a very tasty brown ale. Solid malt backing with a nice roastiness that pushes being a porter at times. Delicious.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: This poured a clear dark chestnut body with a skinny tan head. The aroma was dark caramel, a touch of hard nuts, and a quiet earthiness. Pretty roasted flavor for a Brown, a malty taste with a slight charred wood bitterness. Just okay.
j12601 (6927) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dark Horse during our trip there during RBSG. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin beige head. Nutty and full of malt and toast. Toast and nutty malt and toffee. Nice and creamy. Crisp toast and soft bitterness.
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice dark brown. Nice off white head with good lace.
S: Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and hints of nutty toffee.
T: Lots of caramel and nuts. Darkened brown sugar and a touch of chocolate covered dark fruit.
M: Medium in body, smooth
D: Good, pretty tasty little brew.
MrBunn (2510) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a darkish brown with a very thin head and aromas of wet dog and cardboard with a little chocolate in the distant background. Flavor is a watery mix of chocolate, burnt paper, cardboard and something else that is just off. Aftertaste is artificial rootbeer flavoring or something. Blech.
halfonit (1186) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color. Aroma is of malts, roasty, nuts, with some coffee notes in the background. Flavor has all of these present and a little chocolate. Leaves a smooth chocolate malts finish. Not too bad. Not too bad at all.
dmaar (2) - USA - AUG 4, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Poured very, very dark brown (nearly black) with a tan head that quickly dissipated. Barely any lacing, but I blame some of that on the glass which was not immaculate. The aroma was fantastic with lots of chocolate, and I sense some sweetness as well. Thick and smooth texture. Lots and lots of carbonation, lightly bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Another good one from Dark Horse. Let me also say that I love the creativity that goes on dark horses bottles....I wish more breweries were this unique with their labels. My first review....thanks RB!
flatmatt (1162) - Northville, 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.