musinj6 (371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy brown with 1 finger head with moderate lacing. Mild caramel malt flavor with grapefruit hop flavors. Very briefly mildly sweet then turns surprisingly bitter for a brown. Moderate carbonation and medium to full body. Medium to long bitter finish with maybe some astringency. This is very good, but not expected with the bitterness.
joshwoodward (466) - - 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 Bill’s Beer Garden. Delicious. Charming and easy to drink, but full of flavor.
zach8270 (3175) - 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 (2774) - 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 (747) - 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 isn’t much head, sadly - not even a finger’s worth. The khaki-colored film (not really a head) doesn’t 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 it’s not a massive aroma by any stretch, it kind of reminds me of what the archetypal brown ale should smell like - and that’s 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 I’m 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 doesn’t hit all of my buttons perfectly, but it *is* one of the better brown ales I’ve had so far.
wxman (1327) - O’Fallon, 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 (3737) - 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 (413) - 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 (3389) - Lynchburg, 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a murky brown color with a small foamy beige head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was faintly sweet and malty with touches of caramel, fruity hops and almost cheese. The flavor was malty and toasty with a hint of bacon, a bit of bread and Parmesan and a bit of vague dark fruits underneath. Medium length toasty and bready finish with a bit of dark fruit lingering. Medium body. Ok.
blackflag321 (431) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from bottle to pint. Nutty and malty. Dry with medium palate. Decent brown ale.