CMUBEERMAN (421) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Much darker than I expected...more of a stoutish feel, but still kind of light bodied. Lots of carmel like the other GI brown ales. Pretty good.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chestnut in color with red highlights and a tan film & ring above. Aroma is rich and oaken with honey, sweet malts and a nutty backdrop. Stout-quality roastiness emerges late with black coffee. Bittersweet throughout with the needle moving towards "sweet" in the finish... it’s a slow slide from roasted grains through chocolate, grape and raisin. Full-bodied and smooth with just enough alcohol to dry the palate so you’ll ask for more. A superior malt experience.
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Zeswaft (1275) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes a lot like a stout, real smoke like. Dark brown, maybe black. Not that great of a stout. Doesn’t taste like a brown ale at all.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of three brown ales that the Clybourn brew pub had on tap today, this poured a clear light brown with a modest white head. The aroma is caramel and chocolate. A bit of smokiness is added to the flavor, making the malts taste mildly roasted. Smooth with a sweet caramel finish.
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DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Clyborn location. Clear brown body. Primarily sweet aroma - dark chocolate, toasty caramel malt. Toasty caramel malt flavor, wheat bread in the flavor. A bold brown ale.
JMerritt (1677) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Dark amber with ruby red flecks. Head is light tan and mostly diminishing. Weak aroma: rye, dark chocolate, smokey leather. Quite a striking tobacco flavor, along with oak, more grainy rye and wheat, and chestnuts. Very soft, delicate carbonation.
1FastSTi (3156) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clybourn tap. Pours to a really deep mahogany red/brown body with a white head. The flavor is really smooth. Light nuttyness. Good light tobacco. The palate is creamy and light bodied. Slick. The aroma is light. Light nutty malts. Very delicious for a brown ale! I’m digging this a lot.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, 2005 version: well formed tan cream above a deep garnet body that is more opaque than not…nose tingling spicy effervescence, heavy on the all-spice and black pepper which is reminiscent of the fruity yeast character of the Christmas ale from this year. Charred cedar and smoky qualities on the front of the tongue. Stays very moist and smooth on the palate and finishes very clean. Lingering berry flavoured malts and a hint of peat…I have been waiting a long time for this elusive brew and am very happy with the result of my wait – a beautiful treat on a cold, snowy winter evening in Chicago.
NobleSquirrel (3313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An interesting brown ale, to say the least. Fine hops in there with a chocolate sweetness that you don’t find in a lot of brown ales. Light nuts, maple. Decent.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clybourn. Deep chestnut brown in color with ruby accents and translucent when put to light. Creamy, tanish-gray overlay acting as the head. Hearty nut profile for the aroma, procured by pecans rolled in dark chocolate powder, natural wood paneling, brown sugar and maple nut fudge. Smooth segueway into the mouth, and easy on the carbonation. Sweet pralines and caramel linger with distant, yet distinct, chocolate milk. Sweet, diluted brown sugar and a sanded-down Heath Bar come to call. Mild bitters register on the tongue’s sides in the finish. A noble brown, but I’d opt for Goose Island’s standard Nut Brown if it ever comes to that.