Cybercat (2912) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Strong aroma has a malty core and notes of cloves and cinnamon plus a hint of molasses. Rich flavor has malty, molasses, caramel, nutty and earthy notes plus a honey-sweet undertone and hints of cloves and woody hops - or is that chestnut? Thick body is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice tingle with subtle earthy, honey and hoppy tones. Excellent! Be sure to get off at this exit.
closey22 (631) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with lasting beige head; aroma is sweet Belgian yeast with some cherry notes; Flava is dry and roasty yet soft with subtle nutty and fruity notes; feels light to medium with some fizz; finishes sweet and soft
unclemattie (3997) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Capped, 750ml bottle. red sealed. Very dark, black brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of mild earthy wooded hops, nutty malts, some dark fruits as well. Light roasty nose. Full bodied, hearty body. Very nice roasted character, a touch of nutty flavors. A touch of booze. Finihses with a sweet nutty malt character along with a touch of spicy tingle and pine. Very delicious. (3358).
keanex (1229) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a trappist glass from a 750ml bottle undated.
A: Dark brown opaque body with light only showing through the sides. Thin tan head with decent retention.
S: Complex with a good sweetness to this. Honey is mostly prevalent but chestnuts come through to balance the sweetness a little. As the beer warms up cloves and a delicate floral aroma come through.
T: Much like the aroma this beer leans sweet. Honey comes first, reminds me a lot of some meads I’ve tried, until the nuts give this a typical brown ale flavor. At the end a mild spice of cloves comes through and a floral finish to balance this out.
M: Full-bodied with light fizzy carbonation.
O: Solid beer with good drinkability at a good price. I paired this with maple bacon cheddar cheese and thought it worked well.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to leftmindedrighty (on BA) for tossing this in my box!
Poured from 750 to Duvel tulip:
Pours deep, dark, ominous brown/black. Very minimal clarity and a big swelling light brown cap. Frothy at first but receding to a neat, dense lid. Perfect lacing.
For some reason I often think "hard water" when I smell brown ales. I get a bit of that here. Also, the use of nuts really translates nicely to the nose but I think walnuts instead of chestnuts. Fresh cream, light cocoa, honey, very subtle alcohol.
Ooh, that’s smooth. It’s hard to think of mouthfeel and taste as two distinct aspects of the beer in this case. So creamy, it really does wonders for all the chocolate milk type notes on the tongue. Light hop presence does a nice job of drying things up. The nuts again have shown themselves in appropriate modesty. Very tasty indeed.
Overall, very grateful to have had the chance to test this one out. Thanks a ton Aaron!
Claymeister (69) - USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Nutty aroma with honey and a touch of pine. The hops balances everything well to provide a full bodied, hearty beer. The taste is a little on the sweet side. Very tasty and nicely done by Flying Fish. Overall, I enjoyed this beer.
mike67 (724) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting beige head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of barnyard yeast and toasted malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is toasted, nutty malt, spicy hops, yeast, dark fruit and molasses. Finish is long and dry. Very tasty brew.
EithCubes (4571) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle is a big ’un, just a crown cap. Beautiful roast nose, heavy chocolate and some wood, nutty with a little slick stout character. Throwing off some heavy fruity and Belgian yeast notes out of the bottle, minimal hops. Deep dark brown with a rocky tan head. Wow, totally unexpected flavor, has the chocolate and roast, beautiful wood and nuttiness, medium sweetness and light-medium bitterness, but nice pine-inflected hops, earthy and quite dank, complemented further by pumpkin flesh and spice - fantastic harvest ale potential. Just this thick, obese malt profile. Overly full body with faint carbonation (pretty flat, actually, but not watery) has a subtle chest warm, as if by syrup slowly oozing its way down. The taste of alcohol itself is hidden. Hearty and very flavorful, brings the best of brown ale to marry a roasty/chocolaty stout and adds some mild, fruity Belgian notes. For me, best of their Turnpike series so far.
Dacrza (448) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: December 8, 2013... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick...OCCASION: preemptive drinking of the first delayed opening of this school year... APPEARANCE: jet black body; thick, spongy, brown head... AROMA: sweet honey with nutty, funky tones; toasted malts suggest the farmlands which the beer seeks to celebrate; some light hops... PALATE: BIG, full-bodied,, cold-storm warming presence; the opposite of the thin, iced tea consistency akin to the usual brown ale...TASTE: somewhat sweet, honeyed start; fleeting oat and grain late; in between. rather clean and brown--some vanilla hints as well--and then the nuttiness takes over and the beer really becomes chewy;overall, a complex beer to chew and swallow...OVERALL: supporting the locals always feels right, and though this bomber requires excess cash--don’t most of them?--the taste matches the altruism of giving; big, bold and flavorful, it’s what a brown with attitude should produce...
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Extremely dark brown color, massive beige head with good retention and decent lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered hazelnuts. Taste is coffee grounds, chocolate milk powder, salt, nutmeg. Nice.