ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark chestnut color. The head is a two finger mocha shade. It has a wonderfully soft texture, and as it fades away, leaves behind plenty of lacing on the glass.
S: I donít really pick up a ton of hops...at first. Thereís a pleasant wave of brown sugar, nuts, and chocolate at first. Hops build up as it unravels in the glass, revealing both piny and herbal qualities. Maybe even a touch of mint. I must say, the hops are VERY well integrated within the maltier aspects of the aroma.
T: Aye...this is a bit of a letdown next to the nose. Subdued hops open this up - providing notes of grapefruit, mint, and pine - and roll all the way to the back end, being propped up by caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and faint chocolate. This malt backbone builds up on the finish, slowly but gradually. My problem here is that it seems like a cross between a boring IPA and a boring brown ale - it hybridizes the two styles well enough, but comes off blandly. When people rag on íbalancedí brews, this is exactly what theyíd rag on. Actually, come to think of it, since itís too sweet, that would make it imbalanced...
M: It finishes rather sweet, and unfortunately, the hops donít really dry it out as much as Iíd like. Even worse, it lacks the creaminess I like out of most sweetish brews. For that reason, itís hard to drink. On the plus side, thereís no remote hint of harshness in the feel.
O: Itís not a bad beer. Nor is it interesting, complex, or subtly executed. Basically this is just another average brown ale, only with a hint of hops. I say itís well worth a try for those who like this style, but I wonít be back for this one.
odannyob (99) - Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been 2 bottles of this sitting in beer fridge north for a month or so:
Nice smell. Coffee cola appearance. Taste be just fine, thank you.
Is there a 3rd bottle there, in the fridge?
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown malts and hoppy aroma. Flavor of toast but not roast. Floral flavor with brown malt and hoppy finish.
Gachupines (1090) - USA - JUL 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown with a large tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee malt with a touch of chocolate. Flavor is a little sweet up front with coffee and chocolate malt fairly prominent. Hops appear in the finish to brighten it up just a bit. Extremely drinkable.
KPD (49) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark Amber , smallish head. Aroma is malty sweetness, medium mouth field. Flavor is malt with mild sweetness, nice brown ale.
gyllenbock (5913) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks SirLimpsalot.
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma and taste of light nuts, some roasted malt, toffee and some hints of fruit and hops. The body was medium as was the bitterness.
SirLimpsalot (2778) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Basunen 15-7-11: ganska lagom doft. Smaken šr mycket fin med stora toner av kola och salt toffee. Riktigt gott
TH28 (263) - - JUL 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Appearance: Deep brown, clear, with a thick mousse like khaki head.
Aroma: Roasty, molasses, and dark fruit overpower any hop aromas.
Taste: Roasted malt and bread crust up front, leading into a strong resinous, grassy, citric hop flavor and bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation.
Finish: Hop bitterness is prominent in the swallow, but quickly disappears leaving a roastiness that lingers.
Overall: a very well made beer, that definitely has a cross of ABA and IPA
RasmusOtt (1599) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark sweet malts, toffee, hazelnut, caramel and some vanilla. The taste is sweet with some weak hoppy notes. Also some bitter nuts, sweet malts, weak raisin, toffee and coffee.
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. A dark brown beer, unclear, and topped by a dark beige head. Itís roasted and lightly piney on the nose, some coffee and a touch of the alcohol. Roasted malts, coffee notes, some brown sugar and a good dash of piney, resiny hops and bitterness. Full body, soft carbonation and semi-dry on the palate. Lasting roasted finish with a fine bitterness. A quite wonderful amalgation of beer styles. Iíd say IPA and brown ale, even though the brewery says scotch, IPA and APA. 150621
bunget (688) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at Mondial de la Biere in Montreal. Brown body with small beige head. Aroma of coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, dark berries. Taste of roasted malts, moderate amount of hops, herbs, medicinal notes. Lovely.