AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown in color, just some red, with a thick, tan head. Aroma is milk, chocolate powder, caramel, and a nice, warm nuttiness. Flavor is not as good as the aroma. It is unidimensional and there is a chalky, hardwater character that distracts from the palate and flavor profile. Softer water could make this exceptional.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma has a decent roated malt backbone. Black body with decent head. Flavor is malty and somewhat weak. Malted water. Somewhat of a coffee aftertaste. To much malt not enough balance.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium head. Very dark crimson, clear with worthy carbonation. Aroma is slightly sour, metallic. Taste is caramel, bitter leafy hops, subtle dark malts in the background really round out the palate. Finish is metallic, with caramel notes still hanging around. Nice flavor up front, the rest was a little off.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours deep coffee brown with a half inch tan head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, malt, and some hazelnut bite after it warms a bit. First taste nice and malty. Malt is bold and rich. Pear, apple blossom, and maybe the slightest hint of toffee. Finishes with more of those rich coffee/toffee malts, light hop bitterness. Great texture: the consistency of 2% milk, with subdued carbonation that leaves noting but the flavor. Well, they certainly got the malt right. The hop side of things is nowhere near as interesting, though the whole package is pretty well balanced. Yea, I could have another. Not quite sure if I’m offended by the shtick (probably not) which is both cute and slightly creepy at the same time. I’m sure Adonai could care less.
patrick767 (3724) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Amusing marketing campaign... I’m going to assume the brewers are Jewish as I’m not sure anyone else could get away with it. Now on to the beer. It’s got a medium head with some legs. Flavor is malty with a dry finish that’s really quite nice. Unlike many here, I like a good brown ale once in awhile and this is a good brown ale. It won’t blow you away, but I don’t think it will disappoint either. Huzzah!
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
red when held to the light, dark brown at other moments. puffy cream color head with a touch of yellow that clings. tootsie roll note in the otherwise vacant aroma, and by tootsie roll i mean wax paper included. fruity strawberry flavor with a rich brown sugar note. very watery. thin chocolate in the finish. caramel is present too. this is like a darker michelobe amber bock.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized long lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was semi-transparent and dark brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of brown malts. Its mouth feel has a lingering malt bite in the finish. Its flavor contained dark beer brown malts notes. Good flavor but needs to be thicker.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Uneventful dark brown ale. Good dark color, nice balance, nothing particularly exciting.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep chestnut with a beige halo for a head. Smells of roasted malts, nuts, and slight floral hopping. Very roasted dark malt taste, light caramel, nuts, and a splash of coffee. The finish is dry and bitter. Okay.
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bkurtz (955) - PERU - DEC 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a reddish brown wothout much head. Nice balance, nothing overwhelming, but a little watery. A decent brown ale.