ChainGangGuy (4274) - 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 (8465) - Vero Beach, 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.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark mahogany color with a thin light-brown head. Aroma is coffee and roasty grains, a touch of chocolate. Flavor is like starbuck’s coffee beans - a bit astringent from the over roasting. This beer is also a touch nutty, and not sweet at all. Finish is a bit of lingering dry astringent-ness...
douglas88 (5482) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bought at the Utah State Store. Pours a dark brown body with a thick and creamy beige head. The aroma is mostly coffee and rich malts. The taste was full of caramel, roasted malt, some sweet coffee and fruit, a touch of tobacco and some nutty flavors. Very nice. Easy to drink and smooth as hell, yet flavorful.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this brown. Aroma generic brown maltiness, & molasses. Mouthfeel superbly smooth. Flavor quite three-dimensional, with a long earthy middle. I enjoyed.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown. Thick off white head with thin lacing. Toasted malt and a hard water aroma (reminded me a Sam Smith.)
Decent enough flavor, sweet at first, but there is no finish to the beer. It just disappears off the tongue, leaving a very slight nutty aftertaste.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-two-finger-thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a burnt amber, dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of sweet grain and browned, toasty malt; notes of concentrated berries, caramelized malt sugars, toasted nuts, touches of roast coffee beans, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and some toffee notes. As my nose gets used to the aromas, the nose starts to become more fruity smelling, with berry notes, some light cherry and prune becoming more noticeable.
Somewhat sweet tasting, which accentuates fruit notes of concentrated berries and raisins. This finishes with a toasted maltiness that tries to dry out the up front sweetness, though it doesn’t entirely succeed. Caramel malts and toasted almost roasted grain notes seem to get quite amplified in the finish. The fruitiness is pretty striking here; it is likely a mix malt and fermentation character, but I am still quite surprised how distinctive it is. There is also a solid nuttiness here that is contributed by the toasted / roasted malt character, it in fact provides a deep, nutty richness to this brew that is definitely needed. As it warms the roasted notes get a touch harsh, with a very slight burnt-vegetal note and a bit of acrid bitterness.
While this has some interesting flavor & aromas to it, it doesn’t quite seem to gel into a cohesive whole. Certainly enjoyable, but some how seems a bit flat noted.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, light roastiness, chocolate, light hazelnut. Taste is lightly roasty, caramel, light hoppiness. Interesting brown.
eaglefan538 (2819) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unintentionally #2000, just another number I suppose. Part of their Brewmaster Reserve Series (2008). Poured a dark brown color, some mahoganey edges, ok off-white head and lacing. The aroma was full rich chocolate, light walnuty notes. The flavor followed suit, strong chocolate/cocoa, a bit dry at the same time, though, and with a touch of bitter roast, surely not sticky sweet, although malty. Finishes dry, and to use BeerandBlues2 lingo, "chalky," sums it up well. An ok brown, but I think this style has really dropped to near bottom on my list of desired styles. Just goes to show, I’m not one for picking milestone beers, as a nut brown surely wouldn’t have been a conscious decision.