fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Patomac Grill in Old Harper’s Ferry. I’m not usually a fan of any brown ale. I have found a few I like this is one. That horrible brown ale flavor was well masked with hints of coconut. I’m sure the caramel was in there but I think brown ale has some of that anyway. Decent ale. I liked this one. Always a fan of Du Claw but don’t get it much out in California.
superspak (3406) - Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, toast, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, coconut/vanilla spice, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, toast, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, toast, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, coconut/vanilla spice, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good flavored American brown ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, coconut/vanilla spice, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The bitterness felt a bit too assertive than I would have liked, but everything else was really well balanced. A nicely enjoyable offering.
TheJester (2168) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 mL bottle. Chestnut brown. The beige head begins well, but quickly fades to a ring. Unique aroma of toasted coconut and vanilla, which must be added to the beer. It’s there in the flavour as well, along with some chocolate. Tastes like a Mounds chocolate bar. Weird. Surprisingly, it’s not too sweet. Not for me, though.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the "Drink Moar Beer!" tasting on 06/12/2015: The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, coconut and chocolate. Light-bodied with flavors of toasted coconut, chocolate malt and mild hops. The finish is roasted nuts and coconut. Pretty good all around.
Dal9000 (284) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. The taste of toasted malt and brown sugar shows after a few seconds. With a hint of vanilla? A long finish that ends with burnt sugar.
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yngwie (15381) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. A lightly hazy, brown beer with a small, beige head. There’s way too much coconut on the nose, with caramel, and some notes of cellar and stale hops. It’s full-bodied, nicely carbonated and sort of sweetish on the palate. There’s a good dash of paint in the flavor, with loads of coconut. Some toffee and dark wort too. Lasting finish. Rather horrific this one, way too coconut-ish, way too artificial, way too everything. 150622
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel room, The Latham Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Pours hazy brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, coconut, cocoa and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long coconut, chocolate and cocoa finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
bigben873 (163) - Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coconut really comes through in the aroma and in the taste; not sure if that is good or bad. This is kind of like Malibua crossed with a brown Ale. Not bad, but probably not one that I am going to come back for.
joejames (361) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to shaker glass, pours deep reddish brown, small quick head. No real lacing or retention. Aroma of coconut and faint chocolate. Taste is mainly sweet with just enough bitterness to keep it balanced. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Finishes short and sweet. Tasting notes of coconut, almonds, chocolate.......a Mounds Bar. Not bad but couldn’t drink more than one in a sitting.
radio_nowhere (1145) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into snifter glass, hazy amber-brown color with tan head. Aroma notes of caramel malt sweetness, coconut, chocolate, some nuttiness and light roast. Like a beer samoa cookie. Taste adds some vanilla, faint spices, bakers chocolate with decent hop bitterness. Light-medium body, low-moderate carbonation, dry with lingering coconut sweet and earthy bitter finish. Not normally a fan of coconut things but this doesn’t work too bad, like a lighter coconut cookie beer. Tasty.