obguthr (4907) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Va BF 07 Draft: Strange rubber and mixed nut aroma. Pours light brown, almost gold, with a light beige head and good lacing. Nice caramel and hop balance. Hop finish. Thin mouthfeel.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours an off white head and dark copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/smoky. Taste is smoky peat, medium malt-caramel. Secondary flat hops bite. OK carbonation. From 2.9, to with food 3.4
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Dark amber pour with thin head and no lacing. Not much aroma, but a bit of nuts. Flavor has some nuts and a bit of floral hops. Pretty smooth. Not great, but not bad.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep bronzy amber with a thin off white head and some light lacing. Aroma is chocolately and lots of nutty character and some light floral and tea-like hops. Good nutty toasted malt profile with light roast, some acrid black malt drynesss, and a floral herbal hop bitterness. Solid mouthfeel and finish. Good brown ale overall.
charliehemlock (14) - fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a pretty average brown ale. Though to be fair this was a follow up drink to the barley wine.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is very nutty with caramel notes.
The beer is medium-bodied, oily, and velvety on the palate. Toward the sweet end but good balancing bitterness.
I had this on tap, and from the reviews, it sounds like tap is the way to go with this one.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber from my Secret Santa (Numenor), no date. Pours a clear copper orange with a three finger light beige head. Aroma is of toasted malts and light citrus hops. Flavor is much the same with a slight addition of roasted malts. Lightly bitter finish. A bit thin bodied, moderately carbonated. Not too bad of a beer.
PorterPounder (6539) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whole Foods, Alexandria, Va. - 22 oz bomber. Medium copper pour, good bubble action, thickish khaki colored head. Pleasant baker’s cholocate aroma. Flavor has hints of the same chocolate, some nuts, a smidgen of maple syrup and day old coffee. Thickish mouthfeel. Very decent.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap... poured rich brown with off white head. Alcohol is blended well with sweet malts and nuts. Very smooth and non-abrasive. I can see this one being very seductive and luring one away before you know it. Solid Brew.
SpringsLicker (3289) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Numenor for this one!
A huge rocky head forms above this clear dark amber brew.
Light malt aroma that is repeated in the flavor. An unpleasant sourness goes all through this one and makes it a disappointment. A bit light even for a brown ale, this one needs more nutty malts, a bit of body and to be cleaned up a bit.