GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber courtesy of mhewes poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark, dark chestnut brown that shows deep clear mahogany when held up to the light. The head is off-white and remains a small cap throughout, leaving small bits of lacing.
The aroma is really nice with a dark roasted malt backbone that has lots of sweeter chocolate hints.
The taste is dominated by a bit more of the bready malts with less sweetness and chocolate than the aroma. The finish is dry and there are plenty of nuts in there as well.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a tad thin for the style.
A very good brown ale from Full Sail that had a great nose and a good taste. A little more body and this one would have been great.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I will start this off by saying I should have purchased more of this beer. It was dark brown with a good white head. Very nice nutty chocolate flavor that almost made me think of their top sail porter. Full Sail reserves consistently deliver especially for such a good price ($3.49).
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-11-2008 03:43:04
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a pint glass. Deep brown with copper-red highlights. Modest but creamy and lacy light-tan head. Bready malt aroma with sweet cream, peanuts, and toasted grain. Flavor is bready with some caramel, then roasty with peanut skins on the finish. Dry and lightly bitter. Body is just under medium. Good carbonation and a solid flavor profile make this a pretty drinkable brown ale.
garthicus (2878) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared by Jerc and Mabel with Blankboy, GregClow and I. Appearance: Dark brown/orange body with a pancake mix colour head. Aroma: Sharp malt, hazelnut, shoe polish, kind of ídustyí. Flavour: Dusty, malty, somewhat cardboardesque. Not my cup of tea Iím afraid.
blankboy (7072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22oz) shared with garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of j&m. Pours a very deep orange-red-brown with an average size tan head. Slightly sweet aroma of caramel malt, cold coffee, milk chocolate and some nuts -- perhaps a tad stale. Flavourís roasty along with cold coffee, some chocolate and light hops. Average to medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-01-16. Dark mahogany brown body with a nice beige head. (3+) Sweet aroma, mild malt, light fruit and roast. (6+) Light roast flavour, sweet malt, light hazelnut and tangy malt. (7) Average palate. Decent. Bottle from Brown Jug, Anchorage
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another brew from a couple huge boxes sent my way courtesy of russpowell, thanks again Russ! A standard pour produces an impressive two + finger beige head sitting atop a clear but dark chestnut body. Mahogany highlights show up when directly backlit. As the head falls very slowly it becomes dense and somewhat craggy leaving a good deal of chunk lace on its way down. Full Sailís Brewmaster Reserve Nut Brown is a very good looking brown ale.
As I stick my nose in the glass Iím instantly greeted by toasted grain, toasted pecans, brown sugar and a well done floral hoppiness all in that order. A mild clean alcohol is present in the background. All these aromas are very well integrated and none outdo the others. Iím a fan of the more pronounced hoppiness when compared to other brown ales.
The flavor seems to follow the aroma stride for stride although the flavor is a bit more subdued. A toasted graininess and toasted pecans start things off in equal parts and last throughout. Brown sugar sweetness comes along mid palate before the floral hoppiness and clean alcohol show up to finish things off. The brown sugar and pecan nuttiness linger around after the swallow. Starts a little on the soft side but grows as it works through the mouth.
Body is moderate with a healthy carbonation. As a matter of fact Iím going to be picky and say there is just a little too much carbonation. This beer moves through a little too quickly. There is a nice creaminess though that keeps me coming back.
This bomber is emptying pretty quickly so Iíd say this is an easy brown to put away. A solid sessionable brew with good flavor.
I donít drink too many brown ales for whatever reason. I need to get back into the swing of it because I really do like them. This is another high quality brew from Full Sail with a great balance of flavor. Thanks for the treat Russ!
alexanderj (3500) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, sampled at Christmas during family beer tasting. Color was a dark brown with reddish hints to it. Aroma was very nicely blended with chocolate, nuts and caramel. Flavor was equally as impressive with cocoa dust, caramel, some fruit and toffee. Palate was a tad watery, but this is only a small complaint from a very impressive beer.
hayduke (4458) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a very dark red that looked muddy brown from the front but was very clear held up to the light. It raised a robust rocky tan head, and left very sticky lacing like carpenters glue on the sides of the glass. Nose was of roasted malts with some light coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel was very smooth and rich tending to being almost slick. The flavor is mostly of the roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt toast, and the nuts that give it the name. The finish is long and dry This is a without a doubt one of the finest brown ales I have seen. A worthy brew. I know I am going to be one of the highest raters, but I loved this brew.
anders37 (21888) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Full Sail Brewing Company. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has roasted mlaty caramel aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty caramel flavor with some nutty chocolate hints. Has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate finish.