tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: Pretty dark brown on the pour, almost black actually, with mild translucency towards the edges. Nice gray & khaki head on top; quite foamy, frothy, & slow to recede fully. Sticky lacing. Aroma of light roast, cocoa powder, tinted caramel malts, mild earth, hints of milky chocolate, & a touch of sweetness that opens up with a little warmth. Flavor has a nice baseline of that semi-milky cocoa flavor with a timid undercurrent of roasted malt. Bigger hop presence on the palate, a little leafy, ashy, & grassy. Still not as hoppy as many others claim. Mild earthy bitterness mid-palate, leading into a finish of toast, faint pine, roasted cocoa beans, & just a small kiss of grapefruit peel. Get a little bit of that sweet underbelly, too. All around, a super-balanced brown ale, quite nice.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Beachwood Brewing. Dark cola pour with a khaki head. Very chocolate forward and roasty. Coffee, cocoa powder, and earthy hops. Nice nutty quality, too. Slight bitterness of coffee and roast. A whole lot of coffee and chocolate. Very earthy and leafy. Hints of hazelnut and vanilla. Solid brown ale, bro.
Sammy (10660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at prohibition p. Brown with lace. Sweetish brown with molasses finish. Decent american brown though nothing gaga.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at HF. Brown, light/med mouthfeel. Aroma has some earthy notes. Nice grassy hops too. Taste is similar with some good malts in the background.
kathouse (1507) - Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Reservoir. Pours reddish brown with an off white foam. Nuts, toast, and light toffee flavors. Aroma is more hop forward, but this drinks like a good brown ale.
AirForceHops (5774) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 oz. pour at Farmhouse Tap & Grill. Darker brown color with a thin cap of white head. Nose is coffee, big floral / pine hop presence. Nice Roasted and nutty flavors with firm bitterness coming from the pine / floral hops and a hint of citrus. Also have a nice earthy malt character in the beefy part of the body with notes of chocolate. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Very dry and bitter finish.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfect appearance, stylistically; deep garnet but glassy, and capped with lacy beige. Cedar smoke, mild tobacco, minerals and candy chocolate compose the nose, greenish and offering flashes of hops consistently. Butterscotch, hazelnuts, and Brazil nuts form the earthy malt floor.
Holly, star anise and cinnamon lead the flavor; surprisingly herbal and misty, though comfortably surrounded in earthy malt and bitter chocolate. Almond, high-sugar chocolate and vanilla offer teases of a luxurious malt flavor. This tends to remain restrained.
Super-clean, medium texture with lightly prickly carb. Wooden, dry malt finish with some needles and maple sweetness lingering. Though the hop level probably provides too much complexity and motion for the style, this is excellent.
WillRunForBeer (2053) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Taster at the source. Pours amber brown big beige head. Aroma of dirt and smoke. Taste caramel, mineral, earth, dark smoked malts. Not my favorite from HFS.
50belair (3252) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Enticing dark roasted malt aromas. Somewhat bitter with earthy roasted malt, tangy black coffee, and baker’s chocolate highlights. Good body and mouthfeel.
bellco33 (639) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at blackback (from prior notes): Pours dark brown with a thin white / tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, toffee, earth, dry leaves. Taste is similar, but with a nice balance of hops on the back end to even out the sweeter malts. This is en exciting brown ale... you can’t say that about many browns.