EdInSaltLake (672) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Release #9:Citrus hops, caramel, light roast aroma. Light citrus, spicy hops and light roasted, bread crust malt flavors. Moderate bitterness.
Release #6, w/ Apollo and Mosaic hops: Citrus, nectarine, berry, herbal/earthy hop aroma and flavor. Nice balance of sweet, bready, and roasted malt flavors.
Fruity, herbal, sort of minty hop aroma, with some bready malt. Similar hop flavor: nice apple-ish fruit and spiciness, plus some floral flavor. bread/bread crust, sweet, light caramel/sweet and light roasted malt flavors. A little of the weird herbal/acrid character that "Black IPAs" can have--but not much. Pretty heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Some bitterness and a little astringency in aftertaste.
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Epic taproom, GABF week 2014. Good malt flavor with some nuts. Dry and earthy. One of the better brown ales, but there is only so much that can be done with this style.
Barreras (1047) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a depp brown color with a roasted malt aroma. Taste is of heavy burnt malt with a tiny sweet caramel flavor. this beer tasted unfinished and was thin at the end of the beer. okay overall but underwhelming.
DrinkinWell (290) - - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear maroon brown. Hardly any head or lacing. Oak earthiness on the nose. Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, decent hoppy bitterness (for a brown ale). Overall, pretty good stuff.
BelgianBeerGal (3241) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
SLC bottle from release #10. Fairly dark brown color with a big, foamy chocolate milk head that lasts a long time. Aroma is mostly hops with a hint of chocolate malt in the end. Big hops in the flavor but it does include some dark malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Pretty much a "brown ale" in name only for me because this seems like a black IPA. Tasty.
Darwenus (568) - Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle was release two, two years old at the the time I opened it. This bottle of beer was fantastic. It poured dark brown with creamy foam, and the aroma was rich malt, apple-butter, caramel, mild coffee. The flavor added bready and nutty notes, and kind of a burnt-popcorn thing in the background, with some hoppy tingle on the finish. This was delicious.
drjay44 (2730) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Release #8. DEN# 1426. Pours a medium, well retained light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 25) body....nose is cocoa, chocolate, light coffee, light herbal tones, no esters, balance to the roasted malts.....taste is moderate cocoa, chocolate, light coffee, dry throughout, light pine, citrus peel, no esters, finishing with a moderate bitterness, balance to the malts....mouth feel, light of medium body, slightly astringent, no alcohol, carbonation makes slight creaminess. This lacks the mid roasted malt tones often found in Brown Ales. The correction would be to add back more caramel/crystal malts. The hops while obviously present are not quite "American" enough in presentation, so perhaps a bit of rejiggering of the recipe would lead to improvement. This is NOT a bad beer, it just can be made better. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a huge tan head that lingers. Aroma is malty with citrus hops, wood, burnt toast. Taste is a bit weak, of roasted malt, wood, and a hint of citrus hops. Lingering light toast. Not bad.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow nice full bodied brown with some big pine resin. A real hybrid beer. Brown ipa? Quality stuff.
floydslip (200) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee-brown beer with a thin beige head that has little retention--disappears almost as quickly as it forms. Semi-dry nose of roasted nuts, unsweetened cocoa, and a hint of spruce. Flavor is nice and malty with some bitter chocolate, light coffee, and brown sugar which then subsides into a mellow bitterness on the piney/woody side. Nice beer.
UncleKorm (887) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle poured a dark brown hue w/ a creamy tan hue. Moderate to bold nutty aromas. Initial flavor is light to moderate sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are almond bark, brown sugar, light grass, and walnut. Medium bodied and balanced body.