beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz brown bottle received as a gift and purchased at Sam’s, Chicago, IL. Spotted in the hilarious Schmaltz Brewery home website. Clear dark brown ale having small diminishing off-white head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Sweet malt, dried fruit and toffee aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt, toffee, and toast flavors. Finishes dry with nutty malt aftertaste and tiny hop bitterness. This is a very good drinkable session beer. Thanks Deb!
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly toasted malt and sign of nuts are found for the nose. Possibly the darkest brown ale I’ve seen or can remember of. Lot of sediment floating about and head had a short lived time span. Flavor is tad bit sweet with bitter aftertaste but a much more prominent nut flavor comes through then in the aroma. Perhaps almond or cashews.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a very small dissapering head. Definately similar to the Jewbelation 8 ale. Choclately, molasses on the edge of a toffe/coffee but not enough to call it a porter or stout.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was actually pretty good. I went in with low expectations and found myself with an above average session beer. I know I will choose other beers to stock my fridge but might find some occasional room for this.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with retentive beige head. The aroma is kind of weak, but seems to be malty with some raw grain. The flavor is raisins and hay with some weak hops. I’m not particularly impressed.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewtopia 11-12-05. This was straight foward. Brown body, hop nose. Hop taste. Decent.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell a lot of nose tickling cascade hops. Dark brown with a bubbly, but still thumb thick mocha head. Nice even malt base. Some nutty notes, but they don’t dominate. Has a toned down porter fell to it. A pretty nice brew all in all.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark brown with a two-finger, quickly dissipating head. Very nutty aroma, with a rich chocolate and caramel sweetness. The flavor begins like the aroma, only weaker, but finishes strong and with a hint of smoke. Pretty boring, but above-average--I don’t know about chosen.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Traces of burnt & roasted malt aromas on the nose. Deep ruby brown coloring. Light disapperaing head. With the set up of the nose & color, the follow up was weakish, hard to describe, thin of context and had a very neutral taste that didn’t hold up to the promise of the beginning. Enjoyed by none in the group.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy, tan head that settles slowly to a thick film. Dark fruit and coffee aroma with chocolate notes, raisin and a musty bitterness. Thickly malted flavor with pleasant sweetness throughout, leading to light hops and roast with a smoky finish.
In my book, a Brown Ale connotes something much weaker in appearance, flavor and mouthfeel than this, which is more of a Porter crossed with a Schwarzbier. I thought this was a novelty beer but I’d buy it again.
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