Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of fbm115
The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roasted coffeee, and pine. It pours a dark brown with orange highlights with a small beige head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and some oily legs. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has roasted coffee, nuts, and pine. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is roasty coffee with a little cocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Flavor is roasty malt, with a lot of chocolate, coffee, and a nice touch of hops in the finish. Very nice!
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler muled by oteyj, thank you! Murky brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of subtle chocolate covered pine needles. Taste is brown bread, chocolate, raisins. Low carbonation, but could be the growler. Medium body. One of the nicer brown ales Iíve had, and definitely the nicest aroma.
Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty hopped brown ale. Did not expect the citrus hop explosion at the back end of this one. Nice bitterness as well to balance the malty sweetness of the brown ale. Another winner from HF.
Loineshawn (3005) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep mahogany brown with a long lasting frothy tan head. leaves some nice lace on the glass. aroma of roasted coffee, hazelnuts, a touch of raisin, cinnamon, and juicy grapefruit and fresh squeezed oranges hop character. taste is bright, bitter juicy citrusy hops backed by a nutty deep dark roasty dark chocolate and espresso. dry, awesome body. just a wonderfully made beer. i could drink this all the live long day, every day. awesome beer.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL growler/fliptop thanks to oteyj. Big carbonation yields a clear, red cherry cola with a larger yellow head. Nice retention. Thick appearance- sticky rings of impressive lace even out of a growler. Nose is very roasty, much more coffee and earth than I was expecting. Almost porter like nose with maple. Taste is richer, bitter, piney, small umami character. Roasty and earthy coffee still with mild hazelnut. Very good- hard to make a beer this style that is enjoyable. Mild salt, pine, tree bark. Bitter but nicely balanced by dark chocolate and coffee. Palate is lemony, mildy acidic, small saltiness. Feels heavier than 6%. Still quite aggressively hoppy. Could be slightly overwhelming.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Giant thanks to oteyj for procuring a 750 mL bottle of this from the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a small bubbly head. Nose holds phenomenal roasted malt, earthy hops with notes of warm bark mulch, loam, along with touches of almond and caramel. Flavor is equally wondrous; more sweet chocolate notes mix with the roasty and earthy bitterness. Absolutely my favorite brown ale.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. An extremely dark brown body sports a vivacious and lively tan froth that is seemingly endless. This beer is purely epic for the style: a huge hit of floral and pine like resin finishes off with buckets of orange and grapefruit peels. The malt character is with bursting notes of cocoa nib, and a roasty malt note that is incredibly soft. All the goodness of a nice roasty chunk of bakers chocolate or cocoa nib without the bitter astringency. The hop character is phenomenal, and adds the perfect balance. The best brown ale Iíve ever had- definitely raised the bar for an otherwise uninteresting style.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Offering from a growler that was kept cold for two days until consumed. Pours a murky brown color reminicent of lake water. the head is soapy big bubbles. smell opens with a dark carmel malt and moderate grassy piney hop notes. taste is of carmel malt right before the flavor gets to roast. Semi sweet with a moderate hop presence. kinda floral on the aftertaste. medium light body with moderate/ low carbonation. Overall an easy drinking flavorful beer that was a pleasure to consume. No problem drinking 2L over the course of sunday football.
Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Growler picked up at the bottle festival. Great brown malt flavors, nutty. Hoppy finish. Great everyday beer