KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a hazy medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that pretty much lasted throughout and had some fair streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a dark roasted malt, an earthy hop and a light leathery yeast with notes of milk chocolate, a mild coffee odor, a touch of caramel and a bit of nuttiness.
The taste was nice and malty and a bit nutty with a hint of chocolate in the beginning and then a pronounced hoppiness took hold with hints of coffee and maybe a little brown sugar towards the end. The flavor hung around for an average amount of time after the swallow letting the hoppy malt taste linger for a little while.
Mouthfeel was just about medium in body with the texture being quite creamy and a tad dry with an almost prickly carbonation.
Overall a fantastic Brown Ale that had just the right amount of bitter sweetness and a surprising hoppiness at the end.
jgb9348 (4750) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall tan head, rather soapy as well. Aroma of nuts, pecans, earth, malt, caramel and some walnuts in the mix as well - very nice and strong. Light-bodied; Strong nutty flavours of pecans, peanuts and light malt with a rather sweet and almost sour note showing some very subdued earthiness and a hint of grape flavour as well. Aftertaste is very much on the lighter side with the fruits coming out more than an earthiness and a little light sweetness coupled with some dry, oaky flavours is noticeable - interesting. Overall, a very odd brown ale that is very much on the light side of the spectrum with a lot of nuts and malt in the nose but almost nothing noticeable in the taste and finish - very light and airy throughout with not at all a cloying flavour. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Crystal City Wine Shop (12th Street) in Arlington, Virginia on 22-July-2014 for US$2,09 sampled a block away in Washington on 16-September-2014.
bnwokedi89 (24) - - AUG 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Reminds me of Newcastle Brown ale with just a bit more story behind this beer. Not as heavy as a traditional brown ale can be but still heavy in its own right. I won’t be buying this beer again primarily because I am not really into brown ales.
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jsquire (3478) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer with a sticky tan head. Dusty grain nose that brings to mind dry dog food. Sweet malt taste with some buttered burnt toast, brown sugar, and dried apple notes. A bit of sweetened chocolate in the finish. Okay brown.
dliberto (170) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank from the bottle. Aroma consists of caramel, nuts, toast, and copper. Taste is caramel with a slight chocolate flavor. Mildly bitter beer with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
BrettTaylor (490) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from tap. Pours a rich brown with red highlights, creamy off white head - leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma - subtle, but malt and chocolate are there. Taste - chocolate, malt, subtle hops, nice finish. Really nice brown.
shrubber85 (7644) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light ash and chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut with light tan head. Sweet milk chocolate and mildly bitter herbal hops. Body a bit light. Good - on the hoppy side.
devman171 (975) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pours light brown. Aroma is sweet toasted malt and light pine. Taste is similar with a medium body and mild finish
Patrickctenchi (3712) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, ruby-brown with a thick beige head.
Nuts, mild chocolate scent.
Taste is chocolate malt, slightly bitter nuts, wood.
Malty with a pretty nice leafy bitter.
geologyguy (694) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker aroma, taste similar, very malty, no hops...very smooth like water! Good beer!
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Asheville, NC - Bruisin’ Ales - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep chocolate-like dark brown with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma has some light chocolate accents, some nuttiness, a touch of licorice. Flavor is pleasantly sweet with some cocoa accents, a touch of licorice, a hint of molasses. Mouthfeel is a bit on the starchy side, but not a major detractor. Decent.