ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 12/16/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a nice opacity in spite of its shade. I think the head is quite beautiful, a one finger light khaki shade that retains itself in a consistent manner. Lacing is good, as well.
S: Surprisingly peppery - the black pepper component is pretty strong here. Beneath that lies some pleasant nuttiness (I’d say something along the lines of pecan and almond) and even a touch of lemongrass. A bit strange in its construction, but not offputting.
T: The nut flavor is what dominates, first and foremost. Afterwards, the nuttiness will roll into a slight tartness. The finish has a balanced bitterness, keeping the sweetness in check without becoming harsh. A vague cream flavor is on the aftertaste - creating the suggestion that this seems well layered, if not complex. Very, very good, and much better than what the aroma suggested.
M: Creamy smooth at first, before finishing clean and dry. Carbonation could be toned down ever so faintly. Otherwise, the general feel of the palate is quite pleasant, avoiding the excess chalkiness prevalent in some browns.
O: I admit, this one caught me off guard a bit. Aromatically, it’s not much cop, but the flavor and texture helps compensate. Very good in general.
RedSox2004 (1101) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown/amber with a slight haze, one-finger off-white head that dissipated to a nice solid film and left nice lace. Aromas of strong caramel malt, ripe fruit and nuttiness. Flavor follows, with a touch of caramel malt up front, some generic fruitiness and then nuttiness toward the back end. Lighter to medium body, prockly carbonation, soft mouthfeel and a dry finish.
Patrickctenchi (2916) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown with a puffy, cream head.
Caramel, light chocolate aroma.
Taste is caramel malt, mild nuts, creamy.
A very decent, moderate brown ale.
Satisfying and simple.
kidobutai (204) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice appearance, dark brown but still translucent, nice in the light. Healthy head, but a little sudsy. Nutty sweet aroma, molasses flavor, a bit carbonated.
Beer_noob_23 (3) - Levittown, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a glass. Dark brown with a creamy colored 1 finger head that lingers. Molasses, caramel, bread, malty notes. Its pretty light, very drinkable, but nothing really stands out to me about this beer. Just plain and ordinary.
warhawk91 (206) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pour is a clear deep brown amber with an ivory head, average lacing. Big caramel notes on the nose with brown sugar and molasses. Taste is spot in with the aroma, caramel and toffee with a dark fruit presence, just a touch of hops. Finish is clean, mouthfeel a bit viscous, but what I expected from the rich malt. I got this as a beer of the month and am really enjoying it, and thankful that I have a chance to rate it!
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JBPortland (407) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 31, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22oz bottle pours clear bright brownish red with a finger of sudsy head. Nose is molasses, maple, bready, nutty. Taste is a syrupy molasses bomb, slick, dark bread. Finish is a syrupy smoky molasses mess. Pretty bad.
Beergeek23322 (1955) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/3/2010. 22 oz. bottle. Redbrown color with a tan head. Aromas of malt, caramel, fruit and nuts. Sweet caramel flavors that finishes slightly bitter. Good brew.
RABinVA (1000) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Nice medium brown pour, creamy off-white head. Nice lightly roasted aroma. Taste is roast, nuts, toffee, chocolate. Light bitterness. Very smooth and easy drinking.
DCLawyer (1299) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle->session. Amber/brown with huge offwhite head. A: faint sweet malt, oats. T: sweet cola, caramel malt, nuts. Eh.
ProBadass (4) - - AUG 23, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color resembles Coca Cola. weak grain aroma. Slightly sweet with a butter mouth feel. Medium body.