max.shelton (18) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If this beer is tasting sour, then it is clearly old. There should be hints of coffee, vanilla, hop and malt, but nothing overpowering. That’s the whole point of this beer, to be interesting, but not overpowering.
The oats lend themselves to a creamy character in the beer, which works beautifully. Overall, easy to drink, especially for those who shy away from brown ales (which are certainly making a comeback stateside).
MaBeer1972 (1562) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. A thin brown ale with light tan head. Strange tangy aroma and flavors. Hint of coffee, some roastiness, but mostly tart and weird. Not that great at all.
tmongoose (1867) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber shared. poured medium brown color with off white head. the aroma was a bit coffeeish and roasted malts. decent but forgettable. average all the way around nothing really jumps out at you on this one. flavor was about the same nothing remarkable mediocre at best.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a mostly clear, deep brown colored body with some red tints. Finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big on the fresh coffee with a thin, lightly sweetened caramel and brown malt backing. A touch of chocolate, a light earth, and a few fruity esters. Flavor is similar. Lots of fresh coffee with just a slight acidity up front. A light caramel sweetness in the middle with a few fruity esters, and a light cocoa with a bit of a smooth oat feel. Lots of balanced, fresh coffee in the end as the coffee gives this a light bitterness alongside some earth that helps this dry smoothly with just a light malty sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light, pretty smooth body with a gentle, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid and flavorful beer for the lower ABV%. Lots of fresh coffee, but it never gets over-the-top and blends well with a thinner and simpler brown ale base. Enjoyable.