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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (596) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Bottle pours a medium, light tan head. Aromas of coffee, similar to a porter. Rich, full, well balanced malty flavor of chocolate, with a really bright note lingering. Maybe a bit over-carbonated. At present I see I’m the highest rating on the page. Oy. I like it. So shoot me already.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Dark ruby tinted brown. Soft, medium cap of fluffy tannish foam thats fastly dissolved to its skim and collar. Lacing is minimal in a few spots and strings. Aroma is tenderly sweetened with a light roasted caramel/toffee with notes of vanilla, maple, and molasses. Taste is solid with a firmly smooth maltyness of touch and go roasted hints under some fantastic solid tones of toffee, caramel, molasses, nuts, cocoa, and maple. Very firm and boldly set along the palate. Lengthy with just a breath of citric, piney hops towards the finish and lingers nicely with a moderate coating of toasted nuts and caramel. Firm, smooth, medium body thats very fitting and easy going with a slick malty texture that screams to be drank. And by the pint full! A very solid brown.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Rated 6/12/06: Had my eye on this one for some time, picked up a sixer and boy am I glad I did. I don’t have a long history with brown ales but this one is interesting. Nice mild aroma with a creamy maltiness and ever so fragile nuttiness, there appears to be a faint hop presence. Very pleasant I didn’t rank it any higher since it’s a touch too subtle for me. The appearance is fantastic for this style. Rich deep brown in daylight yet slightly mahagony when held close to the light. There is a soft creamy tan head very similar to a dry stout. Lack of thick lacing holds this back from a perfect appearance. Mouthfeel is decent when cold but grows fuller as it warms up, smooth and creamy it trickles down with satisfaction. Great taste with a nice nutty flavor accented by lightly roasted malt and rounded out with that interesting hop characteristic found in the aroma. At first I wasn’t thrilled but I walked away and let this one breathe and warm up considerably, as I came back I was blown away by the change in aroma and flavor. Please pour a glass and let it sit, as this beauty warms up you will be happy. Mitzvah!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3660) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Bottle. Mahogany and translucent with ruby highlights. Medium-sized head settles to a nice little skullcap. Aroma is great balance of chocolate molasses, smoke, caramel, metallic herbs and other unknowable stuff. Tastes of all that, plus roasted nuts, spicy raisins and just the right amount of bitter herbs. Palate is smooth, light-medium bodied and refreshing. I really wasn’t expecting much from this one based on other Mendocinos I have tasted, but man is this one ever underrated! I love Browns and this is one of the best.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1143) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Good not great nut brown ale. Aroma is suitably nutty in aroma. Taste-wise, tho, the nuttiness and maltiness are a bit weak and overpowered by the hops, leading to a somewhat unbalanced brew. B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours dark brown with a thin, white head. No lacing. Aroma of hops and molasses. Solid mouth feel with tastes of coffee, molasses, with a bitter hop profile to round it out. Really good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours a dark brown almost black with a tan head. Thought it was a stout, unless this rating said brown ale. Has a huge hint of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa. Finished with a roasted burnt taste on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlondeBeerBunE (12) - Lodi, California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
beautifully done! Nice nutty brown ale with wonderful nutty taste too. This Jewish BunE is proud of a well done beer... Oh forgot to look to see if it’s kosher...

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghill1218 (9) - 29 palms, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007 does not count
very good beer, i really taste coffee, and a little chocolate. it’s not a stout but could hang. alot of flavor. one of my favorite beers so far

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Aroma is a sweet roasted scent. Color is a deep dark mahogany with good carbonation and a thin tight head that looks a little off white. Taste is rich, malty and roasted. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a easy creamy feel. Finish comes in malty with sweet caramel notes and a nice roasted nutty flavor. In the after taste the roasted gives way to a mild bitterness. This is a very good Brown ale, very well rounded with good flavor.


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