Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Ithaca Memorial Day weekend 2011.
Pours a dark brown color with a moderate off-white head and a slight bit of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a bit of lightly-roasted malt plus chocolate and a touch of coffee. The flavor has some brown malt and mild sweetness. Some caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Light chocolate and a bit of a dry roast coming through toward the finish. Actually, a bit too dry for what the flavor had. Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty standard brown; I’d have it again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-04-2011
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Pours a dark brown color that is just slightly clear around the edges and a find of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down to a ring around the edges lacing nicely in the process.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet roasted caramel malts and lots of nutty aromas. Also a touch of coffee mixed in as well.
T - Starts off with some nice roasted flavors and a bit of coffee flavor mixed in. Through the middle some nutty flavors come out alongside some stronger roasted flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and some sweet caramel that lingers nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and fairly crisp. The roasted flavors really linger nicely on the tongue. Feels a touch watery.
D - Very drinkable. The flavors are for the most part nicely balanced and I like the nuttiness in the beer. The sweetness and roasted flavors are also really nicely balanced.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Spuyten Duyvil bottle shop. Pours darker brown with foamy dark beige head. Nose is sweet, rich, and malty. Mild hops. Hazelnuts and mild chocolate. Similar taste; sweet, with added creaminess. Light palate.
NoBeer4MyDog (14) - West Camp, New York, USA - APR 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle pours dark brown with reddish tint when looked through at a light. 1/8" head which disappears quickly. Smells of coffee, nuts, and bread noticeable. Taste is nutty and coffee like with hint of caramel. Strange how most beers tastes are enhanced as they get warmer, but here it seems to lose something as it gets warmer?? When I first started drinking this, I thought I was going to really like it but it seemed to get worse. I actually went back and changed my rating for taste.. Ok beer but not one I’d look for again...
Tmoney99 (9956) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average fizzy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium nutty sweet finish of moderate duration. Good above average brew.
joebudzjoe (663) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is a great brown ale. Smooth, dark brown body with a fluffy tan head. This has a soft, pillowy palate with hints of chocolate, wood, coffee, brown bread.
trapped (555) - TURKEY - FEB 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color, very small foamy light brown head, caramel-coffee aroma, dominant coffee flavor, medium carbonation, long finish. Interesting beer except for the strong coffee taste. Tried it at tke Amsterdam Ale House in New York, upper west side.
thornecb (4092) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown into a shaker. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Roasted nut and toast aromas. Dry with upfront chocolate turning nutty in the dry medium length sweet mocha finish.
AnnaEA (11) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle. Tall head fell quickly. Dark reddish brown. Odd sour coffee / chocolate taste. Not bad enough to drain pour, but not something I want another bottle of.
Chad9976 (1064) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a 12oz bottle into the Newcastle "Geordie Schnooner" glass.
APPEARANCE: Looks like muddy water with dark brown color and hints of ruby red. Forms a big, soapy head but it fizzles away like a soda. Leaves no lacing.
AROMA: smells more like a porter with notes of toasted malt, nuts and a hint of coffee. Not very strong, but nice.
TASTE: Starts off pretty good with a nutty taste with a potpurri of mom’s spice rack seasoning. Finishes with a bit of caramel and artificial sweetener-like sweetness. Reminds me of flat Pepsi. As it warms it becomes milder and less complex. Tasty, but not amazing.
MOUTHFEEL: Never had a brown ale that was this fizzy before. Initially drinks like fresh soda, then becomes completely tepid, thin, and watery.
DRINKABILITY: Good but not great, especially considering how thin and mild it is. Sweetness gets obnoxious if you drink too much too fast. 5.4% ABV seems high, it drink like something much lower.
OVERALL: Should’ve been a great beer, but it winds up being just a good beer. It’s sessionable and enjoyable.
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