sfontain (790) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark ruby color with an off-white head. Aroma is of coffee and malt. Flavor is Super-nutty with coffee; reminds me a lot of walnuts; big hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly rich. Very solid brew.
fishonmyplane (402) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown ale with a slight head. The flavor is somewhat nutty, but also very malty and even porter-like, as other raters have noted. Nice hop bitterness to balance it all out.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark brown, with some lighter chestnut brown tones. Faint aroma, dry nutty, some coffee and malt. Very similar recipe to their porter and is basically just a toned down version with toffee/nut malt in place of the bigger chocolate. As body warms, is very mild and smooth. Dry hops flavor on the finish, mildly acidic, quite bitter. Good balance as usual from Ipswich. Could stand a good amount more flavor though to really make me want to drink this. I'll take the porter or the dark any time over this.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ipswich likes to brew 'em bitter. Make that dark and bitter. This beer is almost coffeeish and reminiscent of something Brooklyn Brewing would come up with. Rather thin, which makes it a Nut Brown Ale and not a Porter. Roasty hops permeate throughout. Quality brew.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good. Chocolatey, yet robust and bitter. Great balance and depth. A classic U.S. brown ale.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a amber/brown color with a good bit of carbonation and a nutty smell. Taste is malty/nutty and finishes with a mild hop bitterness. Overall I am not a big fan of brown ales, but this one was quite good.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'm quite partial to brown ales, even more so to the nut browns. This one poured a small fizzy white head that quickly disappeared. The medium amber color was hazy with carbonation. Nutty, Malty. Very little bitterness. Very easy to drink. I took a few sips, then back.... and GONE. Delicious.
courtney2073 (11) - USA - APR 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ipswich Ales are great and the Nut Brown is a particular favorite. Get it in the growler jug if possible.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark ruby color, not much of a head. Great malty/nutty/chocolate aroma. The taste starts off with some nice sweet maltieness, turns to a somewhat bitter hoppy flavor that doesnt do a great job of balancing with the malt. Finishes with a light to medium hoppieness with a nutty kick. Among my favorite nut browns, but still more than a little south of great.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite brown ale, hands down. Smooth malty flavor tinted with chocolate. Aroma is also very chocolatey. Almost nonexistent hops. Medium to full bodied with a nice long finish. Really wonderful stuff.