AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber brown with red brilliance through the light. Slight nose of sweet toasted malt with a bit of smoke. The flavor is the same, but there’s a sort of crystal malt sweetness that stands out making it too sweet.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (Tucson) - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is cola, toasted caramel malt, and light chocolate. Flavor is roasted and chocolate malt. Palate is kinda dry and the roastiness lingers a bit. To be honest, I didn’t get much nutiness out of this one. Medium body. A good beer.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
05-Aug-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 06-May-08 for $3.49 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) I always expect good things from Full Sail, especially with the Brewmaster Reserve series, but I seriously underestimated this beer. This is not your basic brown ale with a bit of nuttiness, no, this is big and bold and utterly delicious. The beer pours dark-brown in color and clear with a deep ruddy, translucent glow through the center. The light-tan head build to barely a half-inch in height before settling to a broken film and bubbly ring. The beer’s aroma is evident without even sticking your nose in the glass. Concentrated aroma of nuts leads the way and dark-roasted, smoky malts immediately follow with almost equal intensity, with smoked meats, dark chocolate, dark bread and a bit of ashiness making contributions as well. On the palate, this beer is rich and full-bodied with medium carbonation. Dark-roasted malts, mildly sweet chocolate, earth, blackened toast, all hit the entry running, finishing dry and almost tannic, with bitter roast, ash, smoke and a hint of sourness. What a joy to drink. Easily one of the better nut browns I’ve run across. Don’t underestimate this impressive beer, it’s worthy of the Reserve designation.
OldMrCrow (1810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at browers.
Pours a very dark brown pushing black with a robust head. Way too much burnt coffee and chocolate, not nearly enough nutty malt. What a mess.
BeerFanDan17 (986) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hands down the best Nut Brown Ale I’ve ever tried. Sick and tired of "nut" ales that are flavorless and watered down. This ale has flavors of amaretto, almond, roasted pecan, caramel, and chocolate. Also smooth as can be. On draft at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. Nice 4 oz sample. I brought a bottle home all the way to Tampa!
Headbanger (3280) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-A dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toffee, alcohol, and a little roasted malt. Taste of nothing until the back end which kicks up some roasted malt. A very thin beer with not much flavor. Was expecting a lot more.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle in pint glass. Pours a dark brown, wtih a thin ivory head. No lacing. Aroma of chocolate. Flavor is almost Imperial Stout in nature...high malt, chocolate, and alcohol...some nuttiness as well. Trust me, this one has far more alcohol in the flavor than the ABV would suggest. Palate is spritzy on the toungue, and finishes a bit watery. Palate becomes progressively smoother as it warms. Overall an interesting Brown Ale, but I’m not sure its one of my favs.
ChainGangGuy (4362) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark brown body with a small, thin, ivory-colored head.
Smell: Malty, chocolatey nose with slightly lesser notes of caramel and roasted nut husks.
Taste: Dry, nutty flavor with a bit of chocolate and a light caramel sweetness. Mild spicy hops and bitterness. Nuts all the while. Obligatory nutty, relatively smooth finish with a final taste of chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A fine, respectable brown ale. Better than most, even!
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep brown, brilliantly clear, large, lasting, off-white head. Aroma is rich roasty malt. More rich roasted malts dance on the tongue. Body is medium. No bitterness or hops detected which is fine. Nicely crafted.
hopscotch (9100) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear, dark brown ale with a large, frothy, khaki head. Small, creamy, everlasting retention. When held up to light, copper/ruby hues are revealed. Rich, hearty aroma provides chocolate, tropical nuts and a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. Nutty, malty, chocolaty flavor with a whisper of coffee. Medium sweetness, modest bitterness and light acidity. Finishes well-roasted, balanced and lightly tangy.