gripweed57 (1303) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. Deep reddish brown color. Small beige head. Faint roasted malt aroma with light nutty undertones. Tangy toasted malt flavor has light notes of nuts and cocoa. Thin bodied and one-dimensional. Light spicy hops in finish.
rougeau13 (2493) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear cola brown with a sudsy light beige head that laces lightly. Aroma of nuts and cocoa. Taste is nutty with a very faint sweetness and correspondingly faint bitterness. Light-medium bodied and pretty smooth. Decent, and easy drinking, but very plain.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I still have hope that there will be a few impressive beers from a brewery that I normally expect to mediocre beers. And this is why I keep reviewing Full Sail beers. This is, really, just as mediocre as most everything else that they make.
Although the beer itself isnít much to look at (well, nut brown ales arenít usually too pretty in general), it has a good-looking, fine off-white head that maintains very thinly, but still solid and dense, through the entire length of the glass. No lacing has a chance to form, as the head slides right down the edges of the glass. No, there isnít much residual sweetness in this beer and the only real character of sweetness comes from the nut/vanilla notes in the nose and in the flavor.
Although the aroma is pretty soft and muted, its flavor is much more characteristic, with a soft, gentle, light roasted malt flavor accompanied by some nut-like vanilla. That malty vanilla flavor carries through into the finish and settles into the tongue with notes of wet wood. If this was a little more intensely flavored and was a little sweeter, with a body that wasnít quite so flat, I would really enjoy this. But its shortcomings are too obvious to really enjoy.
There are so many ways to make a really great nut brown, but that requires you to have some creativity, a good palate, and the tenacity to produce it. Thereís no trace of that effort in this beer.
Pith (160) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coca cola color with off white diminishing head. Aroma of sweet floral and roasted coconut or almond husk. Floral is super-sweet like lily. Roasted cashew and almond husk into bitter floral (not sweet). Dark roasted huskl end bitter nutty malt and end classic nut brown ale. Very complex. Still not sold on nut ales, but the best Iíve ever had.
Concealer (1120) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head. Smells of smoke and sweet malt. A nice smokey flavor with sweet malt just like in the nose. There are also hints of nuts.
blutt59 (6445) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, dark brown with thin tan foam, aroma is weak roast , flavor is light , thin maple and walnuts, light roast finish
PorterPounder (7063) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark cola-like brown with a soft, silky off-white head. Aroma has some eggy notes, a hint of milk chocolate. Flavor has some nuttiness, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, some potting soil. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Very enjoyable and tasty.
Chudwick (2737) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle - pours ruby brown with ivory head and decent lacing. Nose is roasted caramel. flavor adds light chocolate. Light sweetness and moderate chocolate bitterness. refreshing and crisp. Easy to drink.
ajnepple (4836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a light tan head, decent retention and lacing. Mild aroma of biscuits, bread, sweet malts, chocolate and light hops. Light to medium body with a creamy smooth feel. Medium sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate malty flavor. Not too bad.
Beerdrinker79 (1978) - Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 12 oz. bottle- Pours dark red to brown with a one finger light tan head that reduces to a collar and some lace. Aroma is roasted malts and some nut. The taste is nutty, creamy, delicious actually, roasted malts and a hint of campfire. Body is medium, creamy, carbonation is medium high, finish is very smooth. I really enjoyed this beer, sounded somewhat boring at first, but was impressed.