wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mostly amber ale flavor. Lightly sweet caramel malt flavor throughout. Grain and bread flavors and aroma as well. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nothing special.
Petelovesbeer (5) - Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 Very well balanced, with hop assertiveness but not over load. Very drinkable.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Pony Bar, New York
Brown color. The aroma is too light. Dry and dark caramel flavor; strong bitterness; the final is very dry. Boring.
cazort (516) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My favorite beer from Geary’s yet, and the first that I would be happy to buy again. Rich, very malty, full-bodied. Perhaps a tad sweet for me but not too much so. Noticeable hop presence, especially for this style of beer which tends to be weaker on the hops. Totally dissimilar to the porter...much less carbonation, smoother, almost flat, but it fit with the character of the beer.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Poured with a very small, light brown head. Body is brown, but actually looks more like a deep ruby color when held to the light. Completely clear.
S: Nice aroma of mostly sweet malt; the caramel seems to be quite heavy. Maybe a little bit of chocolate coming through as well.
T: Flavor is lightly sweet (again with the caramel), but it finishes slightly bitter. First few sips seemed almost harsh to me, but as it warmed up a bit it really smoothed out, and started to grow on me. Long duration for the flavor; this is a beer that stays with you.
M: Light-bodied with a slightly oily texture, and average carbonation.
D: By the end of the beer I decided I had enjoyed it... little skeptical at first, but as I said, it grows on you.
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Ruby red pour with a thin head and mild carbonation. Aroma is malty with a mild caramel hint along with a very nice nut flavor. Chestnuts and perhaps almonds. Flavor begins with a roasted malt and lightly bitter flavor. Smooth and mild nut notes come through in the middle as the bitterness increases into the finish which is crisp and mildly fruity with a very light hint of roasted malts. Aftertaste is very mild. Smooth and easy drinking.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour with a thick but fast-fading tan head. The nose is quite cocoaish with a distinct herbal spiciness. A nice light sweetness and a good balance of toasted malt and soft hoppiness. This is a simple but tasty brown ale.
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, reddish brown appearance with a medium size tan head and good lacing. Sweet, caramel malt aroma along with a dose of nuts and soft fruit. Earthy, nutty, toasted malt taste, supported by herbal, floral hops. Smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel, leading to a bitter, short lived finish.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours a dark amber in color with ruby/copper if held up to the light. Very small off-white head that (surprisingly) does produce minor lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly sweet with plenty of lightly roasted malts. Not that much on the hop side. Flavor is also quite malty, somewhat sweet, but the hops fill in some of the background to keep it more balanced. Roasted malts is still the dominant flavor. Slight sourness at the end
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a dark brown ale. Some chocolate notes and a dry flavor. The color is similar to a light porter (i.e. darker than the typical brown ale) Decent head that leaves ample lace.
Crystal malt is the main aroma, but there is a very present hop bouquet providing an excellent balance. The flavor is very rich. Not a bitter beer from hops. The body is also rich, but the carbonation is above average preventing a malted thickness. The aftertaste has elements of black patent bitterness.