ClarkVV (5862) - Boston, 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 (907) - 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 (10883) - 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 (1007) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 pretty weak attempt at a brown ale, has a gritty roast to it, some bread crust and hair .. . mouth is weak, gritty bitter finish, surprised how much i didnít care for it .. . . had another bottle, even worse, so gritty and plain. badly made brown ale.
Donít be like that dad, thereís a war on.
Oh, I wondered what the noise was.
Ferris (12939) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Leafy hops, tea leaves and a nutty brown notes. Dirty brown with a light brown head. Dark roast, bitter and some light chocolate notes. Bitter and roasty, maybe too much for a brown.
ctipping (1425) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL growler. Originally reviewed 5/6/2013.
Deep amber. A few big bubbles. Nothing on the surface.
Smell is nutty and chocolatey. Moderately hopped. Nice.
Taste is hoppier than the nose implies. Nice nutty and chocolate flavor. Simple but nice. Just a bit of bitterness.
Medium body. Rich flavor. Medium low carbonation.
Quality beer as always. Nothing out of the ordinary but an excellent brown.
Johnsense (1368) - - NOV 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dsrk brown pour, huge rings of lace. Aroma of citrus fruits, chocolate, roasted malt. Bitter Hops up front gives way to huge roasted malt, dark bread, chocolate.
Mr_Abner (338) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head that leaves behind lots of messy lacing as it recedes. Aromas of caramel malt, some chocolate & cocoa, scant alcohol. Taste has a moderate sweetness balanced with a moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with less than average carbonation. Smooth and a bit "chalky" for lack of a better deScriptor. Flavors last well into the finish.