madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 22nd January 2009
Dark brown clear beer. Smooth and rich. Creamy malt. Just a light touch of hop in the smooth finish. A plain beer but flavoursome and well executed.
10th June 2012
A bottle from the same batch as my original tasting. So nearly 4 years old. Semi sweet malts - nice mellow chocolate and coffee. Whisper of orange. A little cream. Can’t detect any oxidisation. Pretty well aged and rounded off. Still very enjoyable.
MiP (12989) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 Bottle, 7.2%. Vinous aroma, roasted, smells a little lagered. Clear dark brown colour. Small stable light brown head. The flavour is nicely roasted, slightly sweet. Not as vinous as the aroma, but still a bit vinous. OK balanced. Roasted aftertaste with a good deal of barley bitterness which gets a bit rough after a while.
cgarvieuk (12785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Cask GBBF ... near black ... lovely sweet rich sweetie toffee nose ... sweet rich fruit malts ... toffee and coffee ... mellow and rounded. THe best of the US casks at GBBF. Would love to try again.... 4.2
Tk2 Bottle... nice but not the same as the cask ... Deep brown ... rich woddie malt nose... rich toffee ... again woody ... a little burnt malt ... caramilzed suger... 3.4 shame its didnt like up to theCask but its still not bad .
Theis (12530) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear red/brown head - white head. Roasted, berries, caramel, nut, pleasant, light hoppy finish.
harrisoni (12484) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle from a trade with a non-RBer. I mean in what way is this a brown ale? Yes, it’s a nice beer, but really an Indian Brown Ale, what is that? It’s a malty choccy beer, a strong (stout) porter perhaps, but a brown ale? Growing up in the pubs of 1950s East Cheam, brown ale never tasted like this, or am I confusing myself with Tony Hancock again? Innit marvellous! Or perhaps there’s a joke here that I’m not getting? It’s got some American hop on aroma and then a rich lush dry malt mouthfeel and flavour and yet remains with some juiciness. Crunchy milk choc malt. As much as I like the US beer scene, sometimes I’m left in complete disbelief. Anyway, forgetting the IBA problem, is the beer any good? Reminds me a bit of Wychwood Hobgoblin with a bit more hop and alcohol, an Imperial Hobgoblin perhaps. Bit too syrupy on the malts maybe.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Brown ale that pours with little to no head. Medium body with a descent flavor with a hint of brown sugar.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2000
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
While it is totally unique, I just couldn’t get into this for some reason. I think it was those bubblegum notes. Where the hell did they come from?
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 (draft) Clear mahogany with tan head. Aroma is sweet, raisin, caramel, roasty. Taste is medium sweet, malty, light caramel, roasty. Wet, light/medium body. (bottle) Very dark brown body with minimal head. Rich caramel and chocolate malty sweet aroma, a bit of bitterness at the edges. The taste is sweet but hoppy. Assertive maltiness (caramel/chocolate/coffee), the brown sugar is evident as well. The sweetness diminishes at mid-taste, and some spiciness and the English hops begin to assert themselves. Alcohol is always at the periphery and finally makes itself known in the aftertaste. Good beer, though taste- and strength-wise it's much more a doppelbock than a brown ale.
jcwattsrugger (10918) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours arich light brown head and color is black with a tint of red. Aroma is malt, dark malt with coffee notes. Taste is dark malt, creamy, good carbonation, backed up by hops. Builds a coffee aftertaste as I progress through the beer. This style is not quite my taste, but well done, good occasional beer.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: August 19, 2000
Source: Total Beverage, DC
Appearance: hazy brown, whispy tan head
Aroma: rich candy sweet malt aroma
Flavor: well balanced complex malt flavor, light bitter finish, dogfish house character from the bottle
Overall: a clean well hopped brown ale with aromatic barley, carmelized brown sugar, and whole leaf liberty and goldings hops, 7.2%
Date: April 10, 2007
Source: brick store
Score: 3.1 to 3.2
Aroma: lightly sweet nutty chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor well balalnce with an earthy and citrus hop blend
Overall: rich and flavorful but more brown than IPA
Date: September 10, 2008
Source: summits woodstock
picking up more of the hops in the aroma but flavor is still on the brown ale side but well balanced with plenty of hops,
Date: October 14, 2008
Source: summits woodstock
chocolate flavor is coming through big time, hops have a light citrus character but are taking the back seat,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20