DeanF (1621) - Nunavut, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bought one of these the first time they came out, the unique one-litre resealable bottle format was intriguing and a good marketing ploy for the brewhouse. Smells all right and is significantly strong enough for a brown ale, lots of hops and barley on the nose, and a good sipping beer, but not very complex.
presario (4437) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Convenient 1L bottle with swing top to reseal. Dark copper with a nice head. Aroma is kind of a mixed soup affair with some chocolate and bread notes and other curiosities. Flavour is dark malt with burnt nuts, chocolate and a hint of dark sugars.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown with a red tint, a large tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of spice, brown sugar, a little roasted nuts, and malt.
taste is of malt, spice, roasted nuts, and some maple syrup, ends a little dry and a little bitter.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Top marks for the one-litre swing-top (or as the brewery calls it, a "pot stopper") bottle. Pouring a tan, foamy head (perhaps two fingers worth) and producing some acceptable lacing, the "brown" colour was a luxurious dark copper. Aroma was chiefly of malt; Iím unable to detect any secondary scents here. The taste was of malt with a suggestion of the chocolate, and indeed there was also some licorice in play here. I like licorice most times, but not in my beer. However, mouthfeel was smooth and the aftertaste did not, mercifully, feature much if any licorice.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head that laces and retaind nicely. Aroma is very roasty. Chocolate, coffee, nuts, and a hint of boiled vegetable (seems to be their yeast). Tastes very roasty as well. There is chocolate, coffee, spice, malt and a bitter nutty finish. Mouth feel is decent. I like this, it is very sesionable.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a lovely dark brown, much darker than I was expecting, with a light tan head and excellent lacing. Nose is big, roasty, and coffeeish. Big roasted barley, nutty, and brewed coffee follow through on the palate. A bit simple, and really more a porter than a brown ale, this is good, but not great.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 liter pop top bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with ruddy highlights. The head was tan with an orange tint. Pleasant aroma of nuts, fig, and brown sugar. There was also a whiff of roasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with some delicate roastiness. I tasted brown sugar, nuts and a hint of toffee with a subdued coffee note. Good brown.
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.
Appearance: Rich, transparent mahogany colour with beige three finger head when poured into tall tankard, rapidly receding to a ring and a thin film of head that lasts for the whole glass. Heavy lace.
Aroma: Nuts, hint of dark fruits, roasty malts.
Taste: Lots of flavour in here. Nuts, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, liquorice, very subtle dark fruits. It seems like every time you take a mouthful of this beer, there is something else you notice each time. Soft, smooth malty finish. You canít get a better nut brown ale than this. Iíve tasted nuttier, more coffeeish, or more chocolatey; but this beer from Howe Sound has a ton of complexity.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, easy to drink, slightly silky.
Drinkability: Goes down very easily, itís difficult to savour this because it just begs to be drunk. And at 5% abv, itís very much a drink you can session. There is nothing wrong with this beer.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut aroma, dry malt, clear copper. Little creamy, some almond, very clean.
09maso3 (70) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
swingtop 1 litre bottle. darkish brown with slight amberness. decent head earthy malt aroma with sufficient hopping for the style. quite creamy. A solid brown ale.