brokensail (14590) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a chestnut sort of color with some reddish hints and a dense off-white head.
S: The nose starts off with sweet caramel malts and honey. A nice nuttiness and toasted malt aroma. However, this quickly fades into some rather off-putting aromas of booze and rubber.
T: I don’t really even feel like I got the chance to enjoy the flavor. Sure, there is some good sweet malt flavor, dark fruits, chocolate, and nuttiness, but the booze, rubber, and even chlorine are there all the way.
M: The body is medium to full with a lot of alcohol warmth and a medium carbonation.
D: Reading the other reviews, I have to wonder what went wrong. I certainly did not have the same experience, unfortunately, because I tend to enjoy Half Acre’s stuff.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, toffee, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, raisins, burnt grain, chocolate, nuts, toffee, raisins, and grass.
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks dcschiller. Brown pour. Nuts, dark brown sugar, light molasses. Flavor is full and rich. Molasses, nuts, bready notes.
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from nbondi- thanks again, Nick! Pours a deep, dark, hazy chocolate brown color with a small tan head that settles into a ring and leaves a little lace. Aroma of roasted caramel malts, nuts, chocolate, plums, toast, and some grape-like oxidation just starting to set in- I noticed the cap on this came off ridiculously easy so that might be the culprit. Flavor of sweet caramel malts, roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, chocoate, oak, port wine, and a good deal of alcohol. Medium-full bodied with a warming mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Interesting beer and there’s enough in the flavor to make it worth trying.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed deep brown body and a quick to fade head. Aromas of alcohol, a huge brown sugar note, bitter, sweet, raisins, and cedar. Flavors of alcohol, bitter and ashy, caramel and very boozy. Lively mouthfeel for such a big beer.
TheAlum (6696) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery and a full bomber to get the full feel (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark brown near opaque hue, dark with notes of black, some coffee, frothy light brown head sits atop moderate sized, laces well sticks around pretty well. Aromas are a whole bunch of brown malts, coffee cake, bakers chocolate, coffee with cream, biscuits and toffee, touches of anise and light spice. Molasses, sweeter with some decent roasty toasty malts on top, sweet cocoa, caramel, and vanilla beans. Rich. Initial is fuller bodied, warming and roasty toast, toffee and caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and cream. A plethora of brown malts, some nuttiness, earthy, touches of Licorice Allsorts. Vanilla and caramel, decent bitterness and some nice warming alcohol. A thicker brown malt bomb with a decent complexity of malts for the bitter cold months. Roasty and toasty with prevailing sweetness and toffee, breads and chocolate beneath. Fairly large, fairly bitter and roasty, that earthy brown malt that gives a nice play of flavors, not too much sweetness, investing in toast and bakers chocolate, with caramel and toffee playing second fiddle. Tasty, bigger, but still quite drinkable.
nimbleprop (6661) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle scored the BA Gang Bang BIF. 22oz bottle pours a translucent, deep mahogany brown with some creamy, beige head. Nose of brown malts, brown sugar, some pitted fruit, whiskey. Flavor is a little harsh, really sweet and boozy, light brown sugar, a little caramel, a little breakfast cereal. Full bodied, boozy finish. I thought this was a good idea that was poorly executed.
blutt59 (6364) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Pawola22 , nice muddy chestnut brown with toasted tan foam, aroma has some alcohol, roast nuts, cocoa, malt, flavor is nice smooth brown ale, leathery molasses and chocolate, slight heat on the finish
Pailhead (6147) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts, and a hint of grain. It’s a dark cloudy orangish-brown with a small khaki head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a thicker ring. The flavor starts with big chocolate and caramel. The finish has raisin, roasted nuts, and light alcohol. It’s medium-full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this makes me think of what Bell’s Double Best Brown would taste like if it existed...but single Best Brown is better.
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this bottle to me.
The beer pours a brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with some alcohol and caramel notes. Smells like an alcoholic brown ale.
The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. There are also some toffee notes in the flavor. When drinking you can tell that the beer is 12 percent ABV.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.