dmac (4340) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft during Saturday lunch during Campground Brewdown. Poured a orangey/brown body with a small tight light beige head. Aroma of brown bread and light chocolate notes. Medium body with average to strong carbonation. Flavor of brown toast, light chocolate, nut shells and a hint of diacetyl. Meh, the aftertaste is a bit better than the initial flavor.
EithCubes (5138) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at EC, 5.8% abv English Brown; light brown, short white lacing head. Sweet nose with tons of oily fruit, that carries over into a light sweet taste, where the gentle roast and brown sugar eventually overtake, tons of good mini-caramelization expressions, medium and refreshing body, essentially a cleaner Newcastle on steroids, without loss of style or dignity. Well done!
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - MAY 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From BA review on 1-29-12 -
Had on tap at Zeno’s served in a pint glass
Appearance – A deeper brown beer. When held up to lights, some of the rays do get through, but does indeed have a nice darker color making it very dark. Not much of a head on the beer upon serving with a very light amount of lacing.
Smell – A nice sweet aroma of caramel with a very light toasty aroma first encountered. While the sweet aroma persists the toasty aroma fades away to a very light bitter hop at the end.
Taste – Sweet caramel and toffee with chocolate hit the mouth. Some breadiness and maltiness of barley come through with a very, very light hoppiness. The flavor profile has a beautiful balance.
Mouthfeel – Creamy and smooth with the perfect somewhat lighter level of carbonation.
Overall – This is one very enjoyable beer. It had the perfect balance of sweet and malt flavors and aromas with the slightest bit of hop to round it all out. Superb!!!
klk343 (93) - - MAR 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A dark beer with caramel, malt flavors. A little bitter but also a little sweet. A thick palate.
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Crystal clear dark brown body with medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some nut, light milk chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some milk chocolate, light nut. Light-medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scanning the tap list at Zeno’s I decided to start out with this local beer. When in doubt in a new city always go with a sessionable beer from a small unknown to understand the beer scene. Based on this I would say that my time in State College was not wasted.
Aroma / Appearance - The bronze opaque body possessed a bubbly off white head the color of eggshells. Chocolate, peanut butter, almonds, and the smell of rich sun drenched iced tea were a good combination.
Flavor / Palate - Iced tea with a heavy emphasis on malts forms a good first impression. Next comes dry noble hops that brighten up the mood. Hanging in the air like the last days of summer it balances drinkability with flavor in a way that works well.
SudsMcDuff (6313) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on draft @ Zeno’s Pub, in State College, PA, USA .. i was the only person there .. . quite a robust brown .. medium lacing .. deep tan brown, medium lacing .. nothing offensive here- just a quaffer .. . . Put a sock in it, Roy.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Zeno’s Pub in State College, PA. Pours a lightly clouded, deep brown colored body with a finger-width, dense, frothy and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is lighter caramel and chocolate with a touch of nutty toast, toffee, and grain. Flavor is similar. Some nuts, a light caramel, and grains up front before a bit of a toffee bread comes in. Chocolate comes out more at the end with some toast and a very light roasted grain. Finishes dry with a light earthy hop bitterness and a clean, simple malt. Medium length aftertaste following a very smooth, soft, medium-light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent brown. Nothing special, but it does have a light nutty toast and chocolate with a balanced hint of roast and hop bitterness. Not bad.
DiarmaidBHK (3597) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours brown with a thin white head. Faint whiff of caramel on the nose. Didn’t get a ton of malt on the tongue. Finishes fairly clean.
johnmeier1 (13) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caught this on tap at the HopShop so I grabbed a growler. Knew my wife would like it and I had it before. Yum.