RobKormal (36) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can pour at home. Poured bark brown with cream head. Tastes of slightly bitter malts, with a rich aftertaste.one of the best.
JJSuds (16) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilllianty balanced palate. Spry, strong ale-ish. The malt carries the bitter in a satchel. This will be my new session beer. Bravo HA for hitting it so early in your brewmaking.
superspak (1475) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, nuttiness, light roast, brown bread, slight pine, and floral hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, toast, nuttiness, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, light pine, and earthy floral hops. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, light roast, brown bread, brown sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! Very nice balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Roonai (135) - - FEB 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours clear amber brown w a honey brown edge and yellow head. smell is sweet hops and a well balanced malt. I am loving this beer. Easy to drink with enough flavor to keep me interested throughout.
jstraw (1654) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2011 Hazy red-brown with decent, creamy, beige head / Sweet, malty, citrus and toffee nose / Medium body, zippy carbonation, some sweetness, malty but with good balance and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, coffee, lemon, grapefruit, and dry hops / Really more of a brown ale or a black ipa.
jaymobrown (1508) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting this reads that it is brewed in Wisconsin when the brewery by my house is now operational. Not sure if they are still contracting here. Pours a very deep copper color. Minimal head. Nice malty nose. Has orange and hops flavor. Some nice crisp yeast and sugar notes as well. Could probably drink a ton on tap. Nice.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Omni Hotel bar in Chicago. Poured clear medium garnet with a creamy beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up sweetly-toasted nutty and earthy notes with accents of fresh pine and citrus.. malt-forward at first, but I like how the hops came into play. The flavor found mostly nutty notes at the core with touches of caramel and molasses accenting.. medium-plus bitterness surrounded (pine resin and citrus primarily).. drier, earthy finish. Medium-bodied with fine balance on the palate.. very tasty, easy-drinkin’ beer!
nbutler11 (1261) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Palmer House in Chicago. Pours a dark shade of amber with a tan head. Smells predominantly of toasted malt. Tastes of further malt, assorted nuts, caramel, and faint bourbon. Suprisingly good. Does not approximate an ESB to me at all, though, so they might have had this mislabeled. Much more like a nut brown.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can thanks to thetomG. Nearly perfect appearance - clear deep chestnut brown in color with a large lasting khaki head and great thick lacing. Nice nutty aroma with a bit of caramel in here. The flavor has a lot of what I love: delicious nuts, which exploded in my mouth. I love it. Hazelnuts mostly, along with toffee, coffee, and toasted malts. Medium-bodied with softer carbonation and a very good smoothness. This is excellent for the style - I’m impressed.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Edgewater Lounge. Pours a coppery brown with a sticky head. Nose is herbal and grassy, very continental. On taste, bready and quite bitter. Clean bitterness that is soft but distinct. mild EKG notes. Light metallic note and again, bready. Nice minimal roast as well. Tasty stuff.