3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fairly basic brown ale with the obligatory chocolate-roast-coffee character, minimal hop aroma (seems noble rather than American), some minerals (calcium and phosphorus / match sticks) but not too dirty. Rough carbonation, equally rough body though not as brash as the Golden Ale. Medium sweetness, low bitterness, medium acid and medium-light body. A little cola-like in the finish. From draft at the brewery.
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg - Pomeroy’s, Christchurch. Poured with a creamy one-finger lasting and lacing beige to light tan head atop a clear dark brown body. Sweet buttery, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and biscuit aromas along with good nutty, bready malt characters to the fore supplemented by a dry hop bite. Light to medium body, crisp, medium carbonation with a lingering, solid intensity malt-forward roasty bitterness.
Jimthechap (1492) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
You could be happy if you had this in your hand.
Russet to dark chocolate colour with some white head. Aromas of cola nut, carob (I hate carob), cocoa dust and aged rum. Along with those flavours, there is a dry hoppy herbalness and a lingering impression of cola nut. It is dry and bordering on quaffable with occasional pauses for thought when it throws a new flavour at you. A good autumnal beer that suits drinking the rest of the year round as well.