Barnoloid (157) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. The bottle reviewed has a good 6 months on it, so not exactly fresh. However, the malty scotch ale notes really shine through here. Muted hops, as to be expected, but the roasted backbone is very enjoyable. Coffee and english toffee undertones with a definite sugary feel. Has a caramel note to the aroma. This is a complex, easy drinking yet eminently powerful brown ale. So much going on in here yet nothing is muddled. Would love to try this against a fresh bottle to see how the hopper element sits here but I can say that with 6 months of aging this is a delicious beer.
ColovianTrader (267) - - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty. Caramel, toffee and chocolate flavors blended with brown sugar and spice. Notes of dark fruits, ginger root and cinnamon. Good carbonation.
coyforce (599) - Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great ale. Flavor is a nice malty roast. Aroma is light. Smooth on the palate with a light aftertaste.
BrewGoblin (282) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A swell dark leathery murk with an off white head came out of the tap. A dry earthy and smokey chocolate, like raw cocoa nibs accounts for a lot of nose and taste. Everything about this beer is brown. Brown sugar, mud, burnt brownies, cigars. The kind of brown you want to take downtown and pound while making clown sounds. Loved it.
screigh (455) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark cola color. Thin off-white head that goes away quickly. Aroma is malty and sugary Flavor is all over the map...malty, roasty, sugary, molasses and a nice bitter balance.
Darkmagus82 (872) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From BA review on 2-5-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Appearance – Pours a deep-brown color. Upon pouring there is a billowy tan head which forms which slowly fades over time to produce some nice lacing and a very thin persistent foam film on the top of the brew.
Smell – A huge caramel aroma meets the nose. While overwhelming at first, it gives away a bit, revealing aromas of roasty malt and a bit of nuttiness and some alcohol.
Taste – A semi-sweet malt flavor first hits, which seems to sweeten over time giving way to a very caramely flavor and some brown sugar. A roasted malt flavor with nice toasted nut and a little bit of of coffee flavors round out the taste, leaving a rather satisfying taste in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – The thicker body suits this beer quite nice. Mixed with the slightly linger carbonation it allows the brew to linger on the tongue; creating a very nice mouthfeel.
Overall – This is one very nice beer. While not the most potent, the sweet maltiness mixed with the thicker mouthfeel and roasty flavor make this a great brew to sit and sip slowly over a relaxing evening.
HippieFee (62) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Nutty flavor, malt and a little bit of hops on this one. Kind of a woody taste as well. While it does have a high alcohol content, it doesn't taste of alcohol.
joejames (123) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to tumbler. Pours deep red. Two finger head, nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, black barley. Tastes nice bitter, with sweetness in the back. Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy. Finishes candied sugar, more coffee and chocolate followed by nice long bitterness.
jsnicholas (109) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2014 Bottle (12 oz): comes in six packs. Very nice brown ale that is a regular in my frig.
Smokey taste with a slight scotch finish.
6/21/14: Dropped the rating slightly after a few more. The smokey taste is sometimes almost burnt. Coffee taste also present.
JanLaursen (3052) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske, 355 ml. Mahognybrun. Maltet næse. Sødlig opvaskevand. Letristet malt. Brød. Chocolade. Ikke dårlig eller ublanceret, men vil alt for meget på een gang - ofte et problem med Dogfish Head. Kedelig prog-øl.