ElBastardo (13) - Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I hate brown ales -But this one makes up for the style in general.Wonderfull vanilla nose and a massive malty body(for a brown)make this a American Brown ale masterpiece!
jaustin72403 (3) - USA - APR 30, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an excellent example of an English Brown. The toasy malt character is amazing, I love that in a beer. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a lacy off-white head. The beer itself has an amazing malt profile, with a great balance. This beer won first place in the Brown category at the World Beer Cup, so that tells you something. This is quite a beer. This is year round on tap at the brewery.
Kevin (2031) - Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i had to ask the good looking woman working the bar if she got the wrong beer. i thought it was a stout in front of me. this was almost black with a light brown head. even had a hint of coffee in the nose. caramel aroma with some light syrup or molasses too. great rich velvetysweetness, definite molasses flavor and light chocolate with a great caramel aspect. a nutty roast finish with a background hop presence.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber, just released. What? I can’t believe how good this beer is. I’m a sucker for brown ales, but this takes the cake. Dark brown, great dense head, rich complexity. Stunning. Really.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 Tap at the Station. This may be the best brown ale ever brewed. Black as a train plume, thicker than Oil! Nutty, molassesy, caramelized, darkly sweet. Not at all thin, grainy or secretly a porter. Blow the whistle! And keep on blowin’! WOO-WOOOO!!!
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is really enjoyable. Makes me excited to take my first drink and then the next. The pour is a awesome dark brown with tan head. Tons of malts in the taste. A perfect amount of sweetness from the malt and then it finishes pretty dry. There is almost a soapy quality to the finish. Extremely tasty and awesome brew. Proud its here in Illinois.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 this by far is the best brown ale i have ever had. made with molasses and 7 differnt malts poured the color of porter deep dark brown almost black small head but lots of lacing from this thick creamy monster of a brown.taste of molasses nuts and lots of malts aromas abound very complex. this from a small brew pub very impressive. better than rouges and you can get your own now that they started bottling if you can find it voted best small brew pub in 2006
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating 111, Bomber via trade with BBB63, thanks Mike for another great beer. Tons of foam on the pour, had to let settle. Nose is huge like the foam. Pours brown with a wonderful head. Nose is great, with big notes of molasses, brown sugar and sweet malts. Taste is sweet and sticky with a lot of flavor. Its always nice to find an exceptional brown, because in my opinion it is a style that is usually very flawed. This is very nice, very rich and incredibly smooth.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to psprings for sharing this... pours a dark cola brown color with a small head which needed some help to get going. very rich aroma of chocolate, coffee nuttiness, a light lactic sourness, ash, caramel, earth (which i now know is the oats) and nearly metallic maltiness (metal dissipates). the flavor caught me off guard and i had to keep checking the label to make sure this wasn’t listed as an old timey porter... chocolate, ample amounts of roasty coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, ash, a touch of sourness similar to coffee and a plethora of floral hops on the finish which linger into the aftertaste to mix with coffee. the medium body leans on full but is in no way sweet or sticky. it’s very smooth and creamy yet a nice balance is made from ash and roasty bitterness. there’s something very familiar and comforting in this brew...8/4/8/5/18/4.3
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Draft. Well, after sampling what they had on tap, this is the one that went home with me and a friend. Good English-style hop bitterness and complex shades of coffee, nutmeg, maybe even hazelnuts and prunes... it's just a different taste with each sip. The glass I'm having out of the growler right now has a burnt coffee taste to it. Chocolate malts apparent, a roasty malt smell on top of a hop aroma and a warming alcohol presence, this one is a winner.