ClarkVV (5130) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2005 12oz bottle shared with SuIIy on 5/23/06. Clear, filtered, force-carbonated chestnut brown with an earl-gray tea-like appearance after it settles, because the head is nowhere to be found. A simple ring of beige head sits on the edge. Cherries arise from the glass at first and even some fair chocolate sweetness. For a while itís sniffable, but quickly, skunked cabbage and black pepper cloud the finish of the aroma, with cardboard and boiled potatoes not far off. The flavor is under-malted, very thin, with rapdily fizzling carbonation. DMS is heavy on the finish, with soily, old leaves and dry, papery cardboard. Very thin and weak.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from eboats. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Nose is dates and chocolate, light fruity sweetness, some vinous and cherry notes as well. Palate is carbonated and fizzy. Flavor is cherry juice, some dirty water, bits of nut shells and leaves. Finishes with a dirty mouthfeel and the tongue is coated in film.
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little more flavor than some of the other brews from Empyrean, but still a little weak in flavor, and thin bodied for the type. A little strange aftertaste, but not that bad.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 06-May-06 in trade with Otter, thanks Jeremy!) Right off the bat, the moderate aroma and flavor of bruised apples mars this beer. Itís not egregious, and the nose shows it much more than the flavor, but even there, itís certainly noticeable and thatís all it takes for me. Otherwise, it seems like a pretty generic brown ale, lightly roasty, some chocolate, moderately sweet, minimally hoppy or bitter. Body is a little thin for a brown ale as well, not really even making it to medium on my perception scale. Light-brown in color and somewhat hazy. Small, off-white head settles to a rim. Not a good introduction to this brewery, I must say. To be fair, this beer requires a rerate, but Iíll wait to see if the other Empyrean beers I have are also flawed. If so, itís probably not worth the time, effort and expense.
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, via BA swid. Pours a clear dark brown with a small off-white head that faded quickly. Light chocolate malt aroma, slightly grainy, with a touch of DMS. Flavor is slightly roasty with a little grainy harshness, finish is lightly bitter. Light to medium bodied with moderate fine carbonation. Another middle of the road Brown. Does anybody make a Brown Ale to get excited about?
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from eboats Thanks!
Pours dark and brown, with midnight highlights. Aroma is a light malted roasty flavor. Chocolate, coffee are also evident. Flavor is a bizarre spike of red wine and sour malt. Nutty, yes, but nutty like an expired coffee cream of the same flavor. Palate is thin. Iíll avoid this in the future.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with eboats! - Thanks Caleb! - Pours dark rich brown with a creamy tan head that stays well and laces some. Aroma of caramel malts, some chocolate, and much nutty character. Flavor is caramel, nuts, chocolate, and brief hops on the finish. Palate is smooth without much carbonation.
hawglet (5) - beatrice, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2005 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not good but also not the worst Iíve ever had. Iím not impressed withit though. Empyrean Brewing Co. makes some great micros but this one just doesnít do it for me. Many others like it a lot.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells malty with some chocolate and coffee notes. Taste has some tarte qualities with more coffee and chocolate dominating. Finish is slightly peppery.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a brown body with a small white head. Aroma of malt and cocoa. Flavor of malt, nuts, toasted malt, and caramel.