Darkmagus82 (1785) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA rated on 2-16-12 -
Served in a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a mid to deep-brown color with a white head. Upon letting sit the head fades leaving a little white foam on surface of the brew as well as some nice lacing on the glass.
Smell – Get some chocolate and a little bit of coffee in the beginning. The chocolate aroma remains throughout, but the coffee seems to fade to a sweeter aroma of a bit of toffee and even the slightest bit of dried fruit.
Taste – The taste is a little bit on the dryer side then I was expecting. A nice roastiness of coffee and cocoa up front giving way to a bit of sweetness mixing in toward the middle. The sweetness fades however leaving a more dry roast flavor at the end with a light kick of spicy/peppery flavor.
Mouthfeel –The darker body of the beer is a bit deception as it evokes thoughts of a thicker body. This was a tad thin however and almost rather taunted my tastebuds as I expected a much creamier feel. I would say little to sharp for me.
Overall – Its not a bad brew, but nothing to spectacular. It pales in comparison to their oatmeal stout, so if you are looking for something on the darker side and the oatmeal is on, I say go for it over this, but if not, the brown ale is worth a try.
merc7186 (2207) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark Brown, Almost Opaque, with a slight Reddish Hue, mild Light Brown head, mild Lacing
S: Chocolate and Caramel Malts, Roasted, light Sweetness
T: Chocolate and Caramel Malts, mild Oak flavor on back end
M: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Crisp, mildly Dry, somewhat offsetting
Overall, the beer had a decent nose and flavor but seemed a little bit under welming. Drinkable.
SudsMcDuff (5918) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on draft @ The Gamble Mill brewpub, in Bellefonte, PA, USA .. first stop of the day - light bitters .. some leather and molasses .. a touch off .. aftertaste a touch fruity .. . . Mom, can we go to bed without dinner?
BeerandBlues2 (9992) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours clear brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, light chocolate malt, earthy hops and dates. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dates and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3678) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours clear brown with a copper tint and thin, fizzy off-white head; short retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, earthy notes, and nuts. Flavor is medium roasted and caramel malts, medium earthy hops, and light plum esters; slightly sweet with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.
DiarmaidBHK (3521) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown ale is a genre I don’t get. It’s like everyone wants to pretend Newcastle doesn’t exist but they all pretty much end up tasting like good or bad copies of Newcastle. Brown pour with a slight hint of lacing. Tastes 60% like Newcastle except fresher. Finishes clean. Yawn!
Nate (3759) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Gamble Mill. Roasted grain and barley with light coffee aroma. Mild fruity character. Can’t smell hops, though. Coppery brown clear with thin, off-white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts dry and nutty with roasted barley, dry spicy hop character. Light coffee and chocolate. Bitter finish and after. Nutty, light and chalky.
dpjuart (1078) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at brewpub. Pours brown/red with eggshell head. Chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. Tastes lime a porter. Sweet brow sugar, astringent roast, bitter. Not too terribly bad.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Noses in a nice deep caramelized malt sugar. Pours dark-mid brown, with creamy head. I thought this had above average complexity, with some roast notes from the chocolate malts adding an almost smokey complexity to the beer. This definitely wasn’t your average boring brown, but instead brought a solid suite of well developed malt flavors and a nice spicy hop kick at the end. Next to the pale ale, one of the most enjoyable beers.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a dark brown color with a small tan head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was dry, roasty and had light coffe and fruit. The flavofr was bitter, dryish and roasty with light notges of smoke, caramel, dark fruits and wood. Medium length finish. Medium body. Drier than I tend to care for but decent.