TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Aroma is a bit nutty, taste is nice, not hoppy which we don’t like. Not chocolate, even though it says so. It’s cheaper then Highlands Gaelic and at least a tie if not tastier. Oh and....higher alcohol content for that fun evening! Really, this is a fantastic beer at a great price. Go to beer for us! Update: This has become our favorite go-to beer. Stood the test of time for months now. Great taste at a great price. We’ve had many pricier beers that have left us looking for our Josie. She’s hard to beat.
SSSteve (3755) - - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear brown with a large tan head. cocoa, roast, coffee aroma. robust little brown ale with a cocoa, milk chocolate, fudge thing going on. light bittering hop. a bit chalky.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Typical American Brown. Light roast and hop flavors. Easy drinking but otherwise not too much going on.
ChainGangGuy (4368) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
I see where they attempted a printed on "best before" date, but, unfortunately, it’s smudged off. A teeny bit of lacing present.
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a medium-small, soft-looking, light beige head.
Smell: Deep toast, roast, oven-roasted nuts with chocolate and touches of molasses and blackened caramel. Quite malty. Only offset by some slight, fruity esters.
Taste: You’ve got your roast, your heavy toast, your charred nuts, and your chocolate powder, with accents of burnt caramel and molasses. It’s a brown ale. Lightly estery. Moderately sweet. A little hop flavor beyond the malts, with a little bitterness showing that plays well with the nuttiness and roasty tones. Drying, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking, (dark side of) malty brown ale.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appreciably dark in color for a standard brown, and unexpectedly topped with a barely cream, slowly sinking head. Very sweet aroma that smells not unlike malty milk. Taste is less sweet than expected, and wonderfully rich while having very low viscosity. Unfortunately, the palate loses all the softness that maintained balance, and the aftertaste is unenjoyable. Having expected far too sweet a beer based on the aroma, the mouthfeel begs for anything but dry-bitter chocolate malt. Not a bad beer, but there are many better browns. Coulda’ fooled me with her looks though - bottle and pour.
Ratman197 (9710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, nuttiness and light eartrhinerss. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, earthiness and nuts with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
Aurelius (4127) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good lael; clear, dark cola brown beer with a thin bone colored head. Almost burnt, very lightly sweet aroma. Light, but mouthy enough. Short nutty finish. Sweetish, nutty, roasty, not fruity at all. Very good. Thanks LuckyDog.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste is balanced, some sweetness from the malt, particularly as it warms. Nice herbal hops, and fairly aggressive flavor overall, but smooth.
ContemplateBeer (1531) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to MaxwellDeus for this bottle. Nice chocolate and nutty aroma with minimal roastiness or bitterness. Appearance is dark brown with slightly sticky tan head. Flavor matches the nose, but is rather watery. Palate is light, thin and flat. Underwhelming.
rondphoto (1947) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber with a generous head and sheets of lace. The taste is malt with a mix of chocolate and hazelnuts. Grows through the palate until bitter chocolate brings it back into balance. Similar to Bell’s Brown Ale. Easy to drink, but a little heavy and not a good accompaniment to food (with the exception of dessert). Recommended.