shrubber85 (7290) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler (via ford9719) Initial aroma was strongly of vinegar when first opening growler - aroma changes to a strong maple syrup/brown sugar malt. Very dark brown with small head. Strong walnut malt and brown sugar/prune flavor with a moderate hops finish. Very nice and unique - fuller body than the average brown ale.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark ruby-brown that lets some light through. Off-white head forms with a dense pack of tiny bubbles and leaves some lace. Aroma is coffee, dry toasty grain, roasted nuts, bitter-roast grain and some hop bitterness as well. Flavor mostly follows suit, but is unfortunately more muted than the aroma. A small hint of dark fruit shows as it warms. Medium body with slightly flat palate. Decent beer, basically to style, but needs more flavor intensity. Seems I wasn’t quite as wild about it.as the previous raters.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grolwer courtesy of jgd0608. Aroma is very heavy on the nose. roast malt, chocolate, dark breads and mild coffee. Body is ruddy brown to black and holds a diminishing pinky sized tan head. Very roasty fore. Has none of the estery sweetness of many brown ales. Rather it has a dark chocolate kind of sweetness...a muted coffee roast sweetness that is full, rich and bold. Very full flavor. Though as far as mouthfeel it leans toward the thin body of a brown ale it gives nothing up to the heavier porter style in terms of flavor concentration. Very nice hearty/roasty finish that has me envisioning overpaked pumpernickle. A damn nice brown ale.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some lightly roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma, some dark wheat breadiness, that in a blind taste teast would almost qualify as a porter, but has more signifgant qualities in the malt bill as a brown ale. Very good and solid overall.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with a yellowish head. The aroma was roasted coffee with some chocolate. There was also some quality tobacco. Interesting for a brown. The taste was fairly roasted along with coffee and tobacco. A solid brown ale that seemed almost like a brown porter to me.