lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours orange to brown with a beige head. Smell is fruity, nutty and mild. Taste is mild oak and thin maltiness and fruitiness and nuts. Thin body and soft carbonation. About average for a brown, but the oak flavor was subtle and was a nice touch, overall.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Malrubius. Light, nutty aroma (hazelnut, almond), with some sweet mild vegetal hops. Light carbonation with a mild body. Not much oak coming out here. It tastes like they used oak chips, which is ok, but they didn’t do much, and this wasn’t really a beer that should have been aged. Not bad though.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum, shared by Malubrius I believe. I honestly think there are actually two Ithaca breweries. One of them puts out the Excelsior stuff, like the amazing Brute, Ten, and White Gold. The other makes apricot wheat, nut brown, etc. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. This smells just like the normal nut brown. If they tossed in some oak chips, I couldn’t really detect it. Unpleasant.
Haslinger (891) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from the Ithaca sampler pack. Solid malty aroma that is somewhat lessoned once you try the beer. There is a clear oaky taste along with some sweet nutty taste. Solid beer but I prefer the regular nut brown ale to the oaked
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Israel for sending this along for Easter.
The bottle poured into my Sam Adams glass produced two fingers worth of tan head that settled to a wisp of lace at the top of the glass. The body of the brew was mahogany brown in color and wonderfully clear
Aromas of caramel and nuts filled my head with a light woodiness coming thru as well. The flavors are great sweet malts and nuttiness. The oak gives the nuttiness an added depth. It feels good in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep it interesting for my tongue
This is a great brown ale, very drinkable, easily sessionable as well. If I was in the mood for brown I grab this again in a heartbeat
malrubius (2241) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 26, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Brown with fizzy loud head (almost always a bad sign) that quickly dissipates. Woody bourbon vanilla burnt caramel-covered bandaid aroma. Thin caramel fruity raisin flavor with weak watery finish. Light watery body. Why? Shit, I have two more of these because I had to buy a twelve-pack to get to try the smoked porter. Anybody know any good cooking recipes that use brown ale?
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a dark brown with an off white head. The head deminshes quickly, but produces good lacing. Aroma of vanilla and malts. Light hints of oak. Has a flat style of taste its not bad but different. Seems to need a little more carbination. Blended very well. Light bodied and a weaker finish. Not a bad beer but need a touch more kick.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. I’m not a fan of the nut brown style but this one seems to strike a balance between a chocolate macadamia sweetness and some roasted vanilla nuts. It could use a better head and I want to spike it with CO2. This would be fabulous if it was cask conditioned but right now seems pretty flat. It also looks like tea. I dig the flavor but it needs texture.
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Murky brown color with a puffy tan head. Aroma is dark and earthy with some hints of oak, nuts, and very light malts. Lots of dark fruit. Flavor is dark and earthy with a lot of dark fruit and oak notes. Very deep and rich with some slightly sour notes. Almost tasted like an old ale.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. As much as I liked the Ithaca Nut Brown when I first tried it, I disliked the Oaked NB. Thin body, and the buttery taste overpowers the other flavors. This just isn’t a good beer.