mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear light brown with a good 2-finger head with passable retention and a nutty, hoppy aroma. Not bad! Tastes surprisingly balanced for a brown, especially one with "sweet" in the title - nutty and chocolaty, but with enough hops to balance things nicely. Moderately creamy body and good carb, dangerously sessionable!
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a deep brown color ale with an average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel and toffee malt is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some caramel and toffee malt notes with a medium dry hoppy finish. Full body with some good carbonation. Very well done over all but was hoping ( and would have like) a hoppier finish.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - roasted nutty aroma.
A - full brown colour
F - Sweet and bitterl flavor.
P - Smooth.
O - sweet and nutty, very New Castle esque.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and mahongany tinted, under a perfectly rusted and rocky cream toned head of foam. Nice.
Aroma: lovely stuff, an enticing mix of nuts, soft cocoa, light spice...big malt, plenty of caramel, and light hops. Mmmm.
Lets taste íer!
Lively carbonation, malty sweetness, then dry...some bright fruity flavors, some cherry speaking up, very tasty...full flavored, roasty-toasty...feeling like the character of a dubbel, here, and no wonder...British crystal malt, plus Belgian Biscuit and Chocolate...very good. Golding and Cascade hops, fairly small in the flavor, but they sparkle in the finish.
Sweet, yes, and just a little bitter. Mmmm. I like it, and it reminds me of my beloved Bender. Beautiful stuff, here. Iím sure, just like Nikki.
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 660ml bottle.
Pours a dark brown with a frothy off-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing Smells of sweet caramel with citrusy, floral hops, and a hint of coffee. Feels light on the tongue but smooth and satisfying. Flavours start with malty, dark chocolate coffee that transitions smoothly into floral, citrusy note. Aftertaste is similar to the start with a nutty chocolate biscuit flavour. I like it.
oakbluff (406) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in my basement. yahoo. Been looking forward to the second go round of this tasty seasonal. Pours out a deep chestnut, with frothy off white head. Nose- nutty, and some mocha. Taste- very nutty and biscuity with a woody finish. Some hops come out and play giving a cirtrus flavour. Seems slightly less hoppy than last years, but could be just me. Very rich in flavour, but still light bodies and highly drinkable. Excellent brown ale.
Lubiere (9303) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark clear brown ale with a thick lacing light moka head. A light chocolate and coffee aroma, malty, caramelly and light black olives. In mouth, a good dry powedery chocolate and chocolate bitterness. Medium bodied. Trade with Piscator34. Tasted summer 2007.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown - rather cola like - in colour, slightly murky, thin beige coloured head, some lacing. The aroma is lightly roasty, moderate sweetness, light chocolate, some bready malts, nutty, very light citrus hops. The flavour is of sweet caramel malts, citrus hops, lightly toasty, chocolate, a bit chalky, bread. Dry mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes fairly light, mildly hoppy. The hops that I got in this surprised me, other then that its your basic brown ale but a well crafted one for sure.
660ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>piscator34, thanks Kris.
Opened on March 23, 2007.
No best before date.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit, lemon, orange citrus hops blend well with caramel and chocolatey malts in the nose. Very clear but almost opaque brown body with ruby highlights is topped by a lasting cover of bubbly tan head that leaves some patchwork lacing. Chocolate and caramel malts are sweet up front. Plenty of fruity esters and citrus, earthy hops. Biscuity and nutty flavours emerge along with some dark malt bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (MLCC, Nov-06).
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 660ml Bomber ( Thanks Kris)
Pours a deep dark chestunt brown turbid, ale in the glass with a glorious sticky-rocky mocha-colored 3 finger cap.
lasts and laces the glass sides.( lots of malt protiens in this brew kids)
Wonderful American ale aromas...pungent cascade floral-citrus in the nose is balanced by sweet crystal malt tones and a bit of cocoa from the black malts...delicious!
Light in character but rich and medium bodied with a distinctive balance.
Flavor starts well balanced between chewy nutty malts and fruity esters in balance with sturdy floral bittering from the hops....mid palate the savory impressions develop as the flavors mingle on the palate: walnut skins with biscuit, chocolate, tobacco, tart fruits cedar bitters...then the finish breaks clean with increasing metallic bittering from the hops mingling with the astrigency from the "char" of the black malts....in a blind taste I bet a lot of people would say this was a porter.
A delicious dark brown ale in the American style...I envy the brewer if his wife has the character this beer displays ;-)