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RATINGS: 720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A deep, bold nut brown ale beautifully balanced with rich dark malts and a complex hop character converging to reveal a simply enchanting elixir.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Poured from a 12 oz bottle a deep brown with a slight reddish tint and a small tan head. Aroma was of roasted malts and hops. Flavor was roasted (almost burnt) malts with a good hop finish (coffee like) as the beer comes up in tempature turns more towards a bitter chocolate. Overall not a bad brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, deep brown;almost black, with a small light brown head. There is a small ring of lace that resides. Some roasted malts, mixed with caramel come to mind in the aroma. The flavor is packed with coffee, roasted malts, toast, spritzy carbonation, and finishing somewhat hoppy. A slight chocolate note comes out as it warms a bit. Nicely done brew and something that I will drink again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devilben02 (279) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Pours darker than most porters. Aroma is malty and a bit fruity. The flavor is like a brown ale that is trying to impersonate a barleywine: dry, dark fruit and toasted malt sweetness, with subtle notes of lightly roasted coffee and a bit of nuttiness underneath. A little thin-bodied, but flavorful and enjoyable to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2009
Brune aux reflets rouges. Arômes de malt, de caramel et de noix. En bouche, elle est très maltée avec des notes de chocolat. En finale, on perçoit des notes de caramel et de noisettes. Très légère.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
eRock_2013 (275) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2013
A nice brown ale indeed, solid brown color, chocolate hoppy aroma. Taste is good, featuring chocolate notes with a dry finish, but could be more assertive. Very smooth with a relatively light body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Very nice reddish-brown body. Pleasant aroma with a uniquely delicious nut-brown ale taste. Hop finish that was not overpowering, but heavily prevalent. Caramel flavors were also present. I was pleasantly suprised with this one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2011
From a 12 oz bottle. Color is dark chestnut brown. Frothy thick off white head that diminished to a thin layer that left solid lacing on the glass. There isn’t much aroma when it’s cold, but when it warms its roasted nuts. It reminds me of the holidays. Medium carbonation that leaves the mouth clean. Taste is simple. Roasted malt and nuts. The finish is slightly dry. Very drinkable. But nothing over the top. I would drink again. Thanks for sharing AirForceHops.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a khaki head aroma is mild coffee and picking up a spent grain type bread aroma flavoris mild coffee malty and toast not getting the nut flavors that are inidacted on the label. Finishes dry and clean a drinkable beer for sure not much else to it

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottle. Pours deep brownish black. This clearly emulates Israeli "black beer," a nonalcoholic malt beverage - and does so well. Very dark malt flavors, with some licorice and bitter cocoa. Not exactly nutty like other brown ales, which may explain some of the low ratings. Bonus points for good representation of its nonalcoholic counterpart.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
A nice dark red beer with a modest tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, flavor is understated burnt toast and a bit bitter. Mouthfeel is thin. This is a pretty one-dimensional beer, just a bit of roast malt. But its enjoyable.


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