OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle via trade with legion242 - Thanks! - Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aromas of molasses, nuts, and some caramel. Flavor is caramel, nuts, and some sour fruitiness that just didn’t seem to belong. A fair amount of carbonation and medium body. Pretty average..
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gingerman, Austin. Better from the tap than from the bottle (what isn’t). Seems to have a fuller body here than the take-home packs. Toasty, hints of chocolate and coffee, average-bitter finish. Worth a try.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, dark brown with a thin, beige head. Strong aromas of dark chocolate malts and rich dark fruits. Silky smooth with almost no bitterness. Caramel malt flavors combine with a subtle nuttiness and more sticky dark fruits. Sour, fruity, almost syrupy ending. Pretty good.
animal8788 (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with very little head. Dark red when you hold it up to the light. Aroma is sweet, with molasses and chocolate. Initial taste is chocolate, then somewhat smoky. Aftertaste is bitter for a second and then some more chocolate. Tastes like it has some wood flavor to it. Very good except I wish it had some more head. It has a decent amount of carbonation, and the palate is similar to a porter – smooth and a little thick.
fiulijn (12360) - Malmö, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown color; poor head. Some aroma of caramel, roasted malt, cereals. Strange flavor, like a mild and sweetish rest of coffee. Below expectations.
Scubatrip (584) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle, courtesy of Secret Santa, pours an opaque brown, no head. Interesting aroma--caramel, malts, chocolate, nutmeg. Tastes much the same, but with almost a seltzer-like mouthfeel. Not usually a fan of brown ales, but this one is pretty good.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is a nice caramel, with walnuts, light chocolate, with some toffee. Taste is caramel, with light chocolate and a bit of a ashy smoke taste to it which is pretty interested, then it even shows some espresso late in the taste. Actually shows some depth.
HogTownHarry (5705) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12oz). Courtesy of my secret santa. Almost opaque deep ruby-brown with an average fizzy-foamy diminishing off-white head. Nice oily sweet roast malt aroma, nutty, cola-ish, some chocolate and peat, decent pungent hops. Taste is quite roasty, coffee/chocolate and earthiiness, decent hops but a little too much cola sweetness in the finish. Average body, a little over-carbonated, sweet finish - not bad.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty good brew, not my top pick for browns though. A little too dark for a brown. Has a nice mocha aroma, very dark pour with no head. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a definate taste of whiskey, way too undercarbonated. A different take on a brown ale, I think it does well.
sliffy (2037) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to santa: Monster head on this, clear brown. Aroma some caramel and roasted notes. Flavor is a little nutty, kind of a strange after taste. Medium bodied. Average at best.