ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at clybourn. Poured a dark brown with an amber hue. Lots of malts on the nose with a slight nuttiness. Malty taste with very, very mild hops. Interesting brew that might benefit from more of a punch.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark brown with streaks of red beneath a tightly packed tan layer of foam. The aroma is soft and subtle with hints of nuts, chocolate, whole-grain bread, mild earthy hop character and a hint of toffee. A moderate, smooth body greets the tongue with light carbonation and a hint of astringency. Straight up brown ale here. Smooth, slightly creamy, nice (non-roasted) malty flavors with a light touch of hops to balance at the end. Itís not exciting or stand-out-ish, but itís tasty, easy drinking, balanced and flavorful. Well made.
Frank (2295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the brewpub in Wrigleyville. Nice brown color with a decent head. Sweet and malty with definite roasty and sour notes. It's alright but I doubt I will order it again.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent as brown ales go, though Iím not sure how true it is to the style: thereís a good deal of hopping here (which was pleasant) and some nice roasted malt flavors, without being as sweet as other brown ales.