PardonMyHop (1) - - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Once upon a time back in March, I stopped by Kelsen Brewery and was handed a sample of this delicious brew...Iíve never been a big brown ale fan but like a hoppy beer, but not over the top...well they changed my mind forever! It all starts with the aroma once you pop the cap...roasted nut/caramel like, with hints of chocolate and coffee...wonderful foamy head that sticks around...it pours a deep rich dark brown...the taste is where itís all at...roasted malt sweetness upfront, (refer to aroma for taste), but not too sweet...followed by a very fine, almost resin type hop takeover, with floral hints, that carries all the way to the finish...very smooth finish...outstanding quality and attention to detail went into this beer with lots of love...Iíve been drinking micro/craft beers since 2002 and this is one, if not the best beer I have ever put my lips too...and just like Layís chips, you canít drink just one! So what are you waiting for? Seek out this beer if you want your taste buds to explode, you will not be disappointed...and thatís a promise from this guy!
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a super super super thick light brown head. Did I mention that it was super thick? Thereís a bunch of sediment floating around in there. Flavor is of malts, roastyness, toasty, chocolate and some smoke. Full palate. Flavor is similar. A little sweeter than I was expecting. Chocolate really comes through nicely. Leaves a toasty chocolate malt finish. Good stuff.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. tan-brown. A-roasty/chocolate/nutty-med malt. T-roaasty/chocolate/nutty-med malt, 2nd earthy hops. Solid med body with a long /solid mouthfeel.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Bob. A thick brown ale, with moderately roasted grains and a good palate. A good brown ale.
Bacterial (1552) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Bob - thanks! Light brown pour with a tan head. Nice malty nose. Boozy taste, pretty nice!
BVery (6208) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by Bob - thanks! Deep brown pour with a small khaki head. Lots of nut and chocolate. Decent bold hop profile. Nice.
mcox90 (1545) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark walnut brown with a one finger beige head. Modest lace. The aroma is a healthy dose of earthy hops with a nice back drop of chocolate malt. Flavor has the above characteristics plus the usual brown ale nuttiness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Well done brown ale. The addition of the hops makes this much more interesting than the average brown. Iíve had this at the brewery on opening day and purchased a couple bottles since. Looking forward to whatever else these guys come up with.
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle purchased directly from the brewery on the release day. Deep brown color with lasting white head retention. Aroma is tempting. Large amounts of earthy hops with chocolaty and nutty malts.
The taste lives up to the delicious aroma. The nutty, smoky and caramel hops are balanced with the strong addition of herbal and earthy hops. Secondary flavor of chocolate or cocoa powder notes. The earthy hops balance out the sweet nutty malts very nicely. The bitterness lingers just slightly. Some lightly complex flavors for the style, lots of character. The body is thick and smooth, with a dry texture.
Overall I loved the balance most about this beer, it wasnít overly hoppy or too sweet. Highly drinkable and on the higher end of a very simple style. I look forward to popping open more beers from this new brewery here in the Granite state.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a fairly clear deep dark brown with a decent sized fluffy beige head that blankets the top for a good long time. Aromas of hops, shit yeah lots of earthy citrusy hops atop a solid base of bready, chocolate, and caramel maltiness. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Rich caramel and chocolate countered with a solid earthy citrus hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness is never harsh. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy silky velvety mouthfeel. Wow, Iím impressed! This is a damn fine brown ale from a brand new brewery. I look forward to sampling more from this upstart.
puboflyons (2143) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fro the 650 ml. bottle no. 14200666. Deep dark brown pour with a long lasting cream colored head that settles down slowly and leaves plenty of lacing. Caramel malts, nuts, cocoa and the slightest hint of dark fruit on the nose. Some hop bitterness. The taste is the same but you get each sensation one after the other leading up to a moderate lingering bitterness at the finale.