Bulk_Carrier (2587) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewpub, this was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some foamy lacing in a messy way.
The smell had a semi-sweet dry roasty nuts, caramel, toffee and a light cocoa combining into a light sharp resin.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine initially and then as it warms more resin starts to kick into a decent little hop bite. Lingering resin and nuts lead into the aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body so it becomes pretty sessionable. Carbonation comes across fairly smooth and allows the resin to be the bitterness over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Brown Ale, hopheads might even like it.
Leighton (13605) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the brewpub. Pours clear, reddish brown with a beige cream head. The aroma holds light roast, coffee and toasted pine. Medium sweet flavor with nice floral and piney hops, moderate earthy bitterness, cocoa, slight espresso. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Good balance on the finish, slight piney resins, more toast, cocoa and pine. Solid.
Braudog (5978) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Overall, I’d call this more of an amber ale, and am surprised to see it’s medaled (12 years ago). Moderately nutty, quite smooth, but really not much to say about it. Middle of the road. (#5796, 10/8/2014)
Mep3222 (800) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2014 Nice roasted malt aroma of a brown. Taste is quite nice. Fairly full flavored. Maybe slight watery palate (when I had again it didn’t seem like a watery palate. Pretty full) with a bit of a bitter finish. Good brown. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
merc7186 (2487) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer looks amazing with a nice brown color with a slightly reddish hue to it, has a beautiful brown head and clings to every inch on the side of the glass (even half way through the pint). The beer smells great with a great balance of dark malty smells, mild coffee taste and a blend of great hoppiness, not too citrusy, not too piney. The tasteis is amazing with a smooth blend of dark roasted malts and a great smooth hoppy finish. Just outstanding blend. The mouthfeel is decent as the beer is well carbonated and you sit with a mild bitterness. Overall, WOW. This beer earned every honor it has won (and will win) in its existance. Amazing. If you are ever in Albany, this is what you should come for.
coldbrewky (1492) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Wundarbar in Hudson. Perfectly poured. Gleaming brown ale with active fermentation that leaves a lasting thick head. Malty backbone is an apt description as it gets just a bit on the toffee tone after the biscuit and cereal tone down as the hops light up. Hops are mellow but biting none the less. An easy first of the day.
blipp (6722) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pour deep amber with an off white head. Sweet and lightly roasted malts, light toffee notes, and just a hint of floral malts in the finish. A bit on the sweeter side and not quite roasty enough. Not bad, though.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very solid brown. Beautiful pour with a nice, but fleeting, head. Some mild chocolate, a nice maltiness, and an even hops taste make this a nice, pleasant drink. That said, there are browns in the area that edge it out (Davidson’s, Brown’s).
UDBeernut (2059) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from my notes, tasted at the Pump Station in Albany, poureinto a pint
a: nice tan color, nice off white head with good retention
s: nut and citrus hop, mild caramel
t: nut and caramel on the tip pierced by citrus hoppyness. Deffinatly a nice take on the brown ale
m: medium bodied, slightly drying and sticky
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aromas of spucey pine, floral hops, and some toasted cocoa and sweet malt. The flavor is very similar; a little piney, a bit roasty, and overall quite drinkable. Good.