marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours with a disappearing tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich smoked malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter brandy finish.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the men for man night. Aroma is vanilla beam, hazelnut, toffee, and sweet chocolate. Pours brown with a frothy white head with some small lingering film. Taste is sweet caramel/marshmallow, french vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate morsels. Very sweet taste but thankfully not the most cloying mouthfeel. This is best split between friends before you burn out your tastebuds.
AmericanHobo (36) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice dark brown with a slight creamy head. Well balanced brown ale flavor. Aftertaste of the brandy aging is definitely nice. Not at all hot despite the ABV
ScoWRee (378) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan foamy head.Aroma of brandy, Huns of woody. Tastes of cream, brandy, nice balance. This is a pretty good ale. Nicely carbonated. I think I’m a fan.
4theluvofbeer (90) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is caramel and brandy with a hint of nuts. Oak and brandy flavour .....a tad sweet. Overall a nice beer.
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, red grape, brandy, vanilla, light oak, herbal, yeast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light-moderate oak notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, red grape, brown sugar, biscuit, oak, herbal, light chocolate, and oak/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tannic bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, red grape, brown sugar, biscuit, oak, herbal, light chocolate, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt, fruit yeast ester, and brandy oak spiral flavors; with a great malt/oak flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oak aged strong ale. All around nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, brandy oak, and fruity/earth yeast flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
kramer (4896) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear light brown body under a small fizzy beige head that quickly fell to a thin ring. The nose is lightly brown ale like with some nutty and light chocolate notes, just a little hint of brandy barrel character. The flavor is on the sweeter side, the brandy barrel notes come out a bit stronger in the flavor along with some light oak notes. Not really sure how a 50-50 blend of a Cream Ale and a Brown Ale gets you to 9.3%, but whatever I guess. A little bit of warmth on the back end, but not especially boozy. On the thinner side for such a big beer, lots of fizzy carbonation. Lingering oak flavors. Interesting beer, but not something that I’d seek out for a second go around.
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Diggin this. A really nice medley of flavors. I'm not a huge brown ale guy, and it's amazing how the blend with the cream ale adds all that is usually lacking in that style.
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Barreras (968) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a brown sugar color. Taste is distinctly oak and brandy. A hint of brown sugar is also evident. More brown ale than cream, a good flavor for a strong ale that lingered just long enough on the palate.
DrSilverworm (6288) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, thanks to caterwaul. Shared. Hazy clear brown orange red color. Thin khaki head, solid lace. Medium to bigger body. Lighter carbonation, but kind of rough, with a light bite. Lightly slick finish. Moderate bitter taste, light bite, light sweet. Not terribly smooth, or as full bodied as it could be. Interesting aroma. Lightly fruity, caramel malt. Light woody spicy bready notes. Decent stuff. More interesting wood character than the 1st John Henry I had, but just like the first, a bit rough overall..
b3shine (5322) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a fairly transparent dark amberish brown with foamy light beige head. Smells and tastes solid; a soft sweet matinees with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable.