jebert (456) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark, almost opaque, brown with a small tan head, mostly dissipating. Nose is not pronounced, mostly alcohol. Very creamy on the palate. Predominated taste is the hops accompanied by a burnt coffee/chocolate taste. Pleasing dry finish. Good companion to a deli sandwich and chips.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz shorty bottle. Deep toffee-brown color, with a foamy head that laces the sides of the glass. Toffee, coffee aroma. Rich, medium bodied, on the verge of full. Mossy, with an odd twangy tartness to complement the sticky sweet malt tones. Piny, with some pungent caramel undertones. A really odd beer, possibly infected. Some harsh brown chocolate bitterness. Lots of interesting ingredients, but a rather poorly executed product.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (3.5 / 5.0) Clear bright amber brown color. Light head. Mild toasted hop front. No nuts. Tangy mildly doughy toasted nut cocoa light sweet fruity citrus body. Very mild flavor. Tangy clean mild hop citrus end. Thin. Sampled 3/18/2004.
2005 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear bright dark mahogany red color. Mild toasted nut hop front. Mild sweet smooth toasted chocolate nut biscuit cherry toffee body. Mild tangy lingering sweet mild hop citrus end. Bottle conditioned. Mild. Nice. 3/31/2005.
2006 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear copper brown color. Toasted mild chocolate nut hop front. Slightly creamy mellow chocolate biscuit doughy mild fruit ester body. Clean refreshing mellow chocolate hop end. English flavor. Sampled 3/19/2006.
2007 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) Bottle conditioned. Light lace head. Clear bright amber brown color. Mild cocoa nut fruit hop front. Smooth nutty mild sweet toffee cocoa mild Brown body. Tangy hint to smooth mild hop end. A little weak but good Brown. Sampled 3/18/2007.
2008 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (3.75 / 50) Mild lace head. Clear bright red brown thin dark color. No Sediment. Bottle conditioned. Mild cocoa hazelnut hop front. Subtle creamy dry sweet mild toasted thin milk chocolate body. Dry mild hop citrus tang hint easy refreshing smooth end. Tasty but a little bland Brown. Sampled 3/19/2008. 6-Pack $8.49.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at college inn during st paddy week. nutty slightly bitter with some malt, but not overly sweet as hoped
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at Hales. Soft copper colour. Partial head. Soft malt aroma. Moderate body with strong nutty flavours. Finish reminds me of peanut butter! My wife tasted it and discounted my peanut butter claim but could not place the unusual taste.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Hales. Color was a slightly darker brown with an off white head. Aroma was bit of fruit, caramel and nuts. Flavor was much of the same, with a bit more nuttiness. Just not a very good beer.
anders37 (15299) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Malty nutty caramel aroma with some hoppy hints. Roasted malty nutty flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty nutty finish.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Riverside AK for sending this one!
Small off-white head over a clear, ruby toned brown body.
Spicy malt aroma.
The flavor is light malt sweetness with a touch of cocoa.
bitbucket (2154) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of toffee, nuts, earth. Light body and moderate carbonation. Lightly sweet taste of caramel, nuts, bread. Dry and lightly bitter finish. A nice, light, sessionable brew, but the lightness of the body is a bit of a contrast to the relatively chewy character of many brown ales, and leaves the finish seeming a bit wanting to me.
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutty sweet malts, with hints of vanilla, dark cherry, and caramel. Slightly tannic. Crisp hop finish. Not as bitter as other offerings from Hale’s.