OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured black with a tan head. Bitter brown ale aroma. The flavor is a nice mash up of bitterness and adark chocolate.
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with some light nuts and minimal roast. Sweet malt dominating the flavor with some hop bitterness. Lightly coating mouthfeel. Sweet, big ABV brown ale. Okay.
joshwoodward (567) - - MAR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a pint on tap at Billís Beer Garden. Delicious. Charming and easy to drink, but full of flavor.
zach8270 (3625) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Lightly roasted and nutty aroma. Flavor is roasted malts and a subtle nutty middle with a roasty and slightly bitter finish.
PhillyCraft (3514) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at bainbridge with remy Martin, pours amber clear with full sheet of lace and small creamy head. Aromas of grape juice, toffee, malt. Taste of cherry malt, bitter hops, molasses, fig, caramel, and light coffee. Medium bodied.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby color. There really isnít much head, sadly - not even a fingerís worth. The khaki-colored film (not really a head) doesnít even last that long, but on the plus side, it tries to leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass.
S: Lots of mildly roasted nuts on the nose. Beneath all the nuttiness lies some brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Some hoppy wisps also appear. While itís not a massive aroma by any stretch, it kind of reminds me of what the archetypal brown ale should smell like - and thatís a good thing.
T: Flavor-wise, it generally reminds me of hazelnut coffee. And not the artificial crap from some brown ales (LOOKING AT YOU FRANGELIC MOUNTAIN BROWN >:(), but a genuine roasty-yet-nutty-yet-vaguely-sweet profile that just works. It has a crisp, mineral water finish (with exhales of piny hops) which Iím not quite as fond of, but hey, it makes it really drinkable. The fact this is more drinkable at 7% than many other brown ales at 5.5% is a testament to its quality.
M: Crisp, clean, and dry. Really good dryness for a brown ale (a style that tends to be too sweet), actually. The finish is quite long, and carbonation is prevalent enough. No complaints here.
O: This style is quite hit-or-miss, and thankfully this is a near-unqualified hit. It doesnít hit all of my buttons perfectly, but it *is* one of the better brown ales Iíve had so far.
wxman (1491) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark garnet with a full light tan head. Aroma is dark fruit and spices. Taste is sweet roasted malt, caramel, raisins, plums and a bit of bitter chocolate and coffee. Like a cross between a brown and a stout. Quite good.
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 7-24-2010. This draft beer pours a small tan head with a lengthy retention, opaque body and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, nutty, and roasty. The taste is lightly bitter, caramel malt and roasty. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a nice malt backbone in the aroma and flavor It is easy to drink, worth trying if one likes this beer style and a beer I would drink again.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a foamy tan head. Big toasted malt aroma with nuts and toffee. The malt and nuts are very pronounced in the flavor Hints sourdough are balanced out by caramel, molasses and a somewhat earthy finish. Well carbonated with a dry texture. Pretty solid representation of the style.
obguthr (4166) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pecan and maple syrup nose. Hazy brown, thin head. Pecan and hazelnut flavor. Medium body. Rich, nutty, a bit sweet but not cloying.