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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A deep, bold nut brown ale beautifully balanced with rich dark malts and a complex hop character converging to reveal a simply enchanting elixir.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
A fairly decent brown ale. Pours brown with some head. Tastes of nuts, some hops, and a touch of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2006
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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours uninteresting brown, thin and dark. No aroma. None. Zip. Nada. Tastes like nutty hops. Spreads along the tongue nicely. Oi ve!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, nutty malt with hints of chocolate - quite nice. Medium body with carbonation coming out in the end fairly light and fizzy. Taste starts with all of the characteristics lighted in the aroma. The finish gets a bit of a stale taste and some spicy / woody hops. An okay brown ale, but nothing that blows me away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 2, 2006
The aroma has a smokiness and roasted coffee . The pour is a deep brown with ruby hints and a light tan head of decent size. The flavor is overall roasted with a bit of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Nice brew.... very reminiscent of a porter. The pour is not opaque, but the deepest ruby prune color imaginable. The head is tan, decent and leaves weblacing. The bouquet is of choco malts with some dark cherries and espresso intermingling. Flavors of cherries, smoke, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee predominate. The finish is roasted. A syrupy mouthfeel rounds out the brew, and makes for a very nicely satiating offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
On tap at HDG. Deep dark brown in color with a little thin white head. Malty roasty aroma. Molasses nutty notes. Roasty malty flavor. Caramel roasty notes. Coffee like roast. Medium bodied. Finish is malty. Decent beer. Drinkable.

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