bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby brown color with a light cocoa-coloerd head. Slight fruit, slight cocoa aroma. Caramel malt flavor with plum/cheery fruitiness and backing coffee tones. Medium bodied.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle served just a minute or two removed from the beer fridge in a Duvel tulip. Very dark brown color, short lasting khaki head. Aroma is malty, nutty, chocolate, brown sugar, a mild smokiness and herbal aroma. Smells good. The intial taste is malty, nutty, and woodsy followed by a mild bitterness that offsets the malt. The flavor is not overly complex, but very quaffable. The body is full, but not overly so. Enjoyable beer and a nice compliment to a bowl of chili.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. Aroma: light toasted malt with a bit of coffee. Brown sugar and toffee and a bit of toasted bread. Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a thin light beige head. Not much lacing. Flavor: Very mild in flavor with some toasted malt, toffee, a bit of dark fruits, slight chocolate. No hop flavor to be found. Palate: Medium-light bodied and watery. Carboantion seemed higher than it should be. Overall: Bland, boring, uninteresting. Need I continue?
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a so-so head. Not much aroma, a faint smokiness comes through. Nutty flavor with coffee and slight burnt notes. Not too shabby.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fairly decent brown ale. Pours brown with some head. Tastes of nuts, some hops, and a touch of malt.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep brown pour w/ hints of ruby in it w/ a nice tan head w/ avg lacing. pretty common brown ale aroma some light nutty notes hints of carmels. Palate is about avg some ok coating and a light carbonation. Flavor has a good amount of nuttiness w/ a decent amount of carmel and light toffees finishes a touch dry. It’s not a bad little brown ale.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours uninteresting brown, thin and dark. No aroma. None. Zip. Nada. Tastes like nutty hops. Spreads along the tongue nicely. Oi ve!
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark/reddish color with tan thin head. Nice hop/malt balance. No standout flavors or aromas. If you could keep the hop balanced and may add a defining flavor, this would be a good brown.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 Decent start, but comes up a bit short. Pours dark brown, light head with a light malty aroma. Slightly nutty-malt taste is good, but a little weak and quick to go away. They should spend more time on the recipe than the marketing.
ClarkVV (4853) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Undated bottle, probably early-mid 2006, consumed on 8/3/06.
Fizzy head is light-beige and rapidly recedes to cover and ring, leaving no lacing. Deep, polished- brown-leather body is extremely filtered (clear) with big bubbles rising.
Light shoe polish and hay in the nose, combine with dry toffee and pasteurized yeast dustiness/staleness. Medium to medium-weak strength, with no alcohol apparent nor any hops, save for a light floral scent in the background. Chewy, chocolate graham crackers provide some very minimal relief from all of the dry, papery, hardness and it looks like I spoke to soon, as now I do get a whiff of alcohol (light).
Horribly fizzy, harsh carbonation delivers a nutty, woody, lightly oily flavor of dry chocolate, hay, light grains and some fleeting caramel sweetness. Acid of some sort, hangs about on the end, which in unison with the harsh texture and rather weak body, goes nowhere fast. Alcohol is mildly apparent again in the flavor. Some soft choco-caramel notes are the only saving grace. Some light meatiness and perhaps even some veggies on the end as well. Not terribly complex. Filtered, pasteurized, Olde Saratoga...what did you expect? Poured most down the drain.