skiatd1 (39) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A deliciously hoppy brown ale that is extremely well balanced but presents fantastic hop character in a darker than normal brown ale which results in a complexity unmatched in most other beers.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MrTipple (3566) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: heavy grain, toasted malts, cacao, light coffee. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium bitter. Palate: bitters continue, floral hops, toasted malts, dark chocolate, bitters cacao. Overall: decent Brown Ale, nice hoppy palate. Pint at Proletariat, Manhattan.
jcwattsrugger (12142) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Thin retaining tan-dk brown with red tint. A-roasty/some chocolate. T-chocolate-med malt, some earthy/pine hops.
cgarvieuk (21124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the cigar city... Dark brown... Soft sweet toffee chocolate roast malts nose... Dark sweet chocolate roast malts.. Dark sweet chocolate roast malts
GMCC2181 (1588) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Teresaís in Wayne PA. Nice pour, light black in color, small mocha colored head. Nose is light hop presence, heavy roasted malts. Taste reminds me of a porter. Lots of roasted malts, light hop bitterness. Light coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth silky body, easy to drink. Overall, great beer for its style/category.
ClarkVV (5718) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Armbsy, 1/30/16.
God damn, Mr. Hill just doesnít put out bad beer. I absolutely detest most Black IPAs and Brown ales; probably my two least favorite styles (though barleywines are up there too). But just as I gave James a 3.9, despite not enjoying the beer, this one is right up there too, despite the same. Lighter than James, with more dark amber and chestnut showing through and with a beige head that is well-retained.
A touch more toffee/caramel and raisin in the nose, but itís very well balanced by citrusy and fruity hops, along with a touch of very light roast.
Bitter, again, but not nearly as much as James (as expected) and with a bit more of a stickier, balancing malt presence. Crisp, dry and lean on the finish, the attenuation ultimately shows through and the hops win out, though toasted brown sugar, brown bread and light coffee persist as well. Fluffy and malty texture with perfect carbonation and no alcohol or flaws, as always. Shawn couldnít be more deserving of brewer of the year yet again and it would actually be a little ridiculous if he hadnít won. Or so I think.
thepatrickman (784) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown ale with a lot of roasted malt flavor and a fairly high degree of hoppiness. Definitely not a "brown IPA" or some weird bastardization like that, just on the hoppier side of the style. Smooth and creamy with a lot of coffee notes and a bit of chocolate. Top-notch.
Heather_B (249) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I should preface this by saying: Iíve had it a few times which is impressive because I usually hate brown ales.
Brown pour with minimal head. Smell is caramel and some hops that arenít typical of this style. The flavor is nice - itís still a brown ale so it isnít my favorite but the hops definitely shine and make this much more drinkable than I usually consider this style to be.
daknole (10849) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour. Thanks Ernesto. Loved this. Creamy, soft, just hoppy enough, light nutty flavors.
smaynard6000 (975) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours brown with generous beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt and cereal grains. Mostly sweet flavor with caramel malt notes. Bit of chocolate and roastiness as well. Bit of hoppiness barely present in the finish. Bold and well defined flavors. Medium bodied. A very well done brown.