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Specialty malts bring intimations of brown sugar and vanilla, which meld into the Gnarly’s character. Roasted coffee malt flavors and residual sweetness dance in harmony, obscuring the line between brown ale and porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1864) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
From a can. Pours opaque brown with a thin off white head. Tastes like burnt coffee, toast, very roasted and smokey. Light body and low/medium carbonation. Smells malty, nutty, and like faint coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3301) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Can shared by beerandblues2. Pours tawny brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is toasted and cereal malts, toffee, light spice, light chocolate, and faint fig. Flavor is dry roast malts, faint chocolate, light earthy hop bitterness, woody notes, and light mixed nuts; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Can. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is nutty, toast, and caramel malt, dates and figs, and earthy hops. Flavor is nutty and toast malt, light hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Sample at The Ohio Taproom. Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a medium tan head that recedes gradually. Strings of lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, coffee and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasty coffee, chocolate malt and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1970) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2013
12oz can - pours dark brown with khaki head. Nose is roasted milk chocolate. Sip adds vanilla, wood, coffee and and slight floral/grass finish. Medium to heavy body. Filling. Enjoyable and I keep nodding with approval with every sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1140) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Can from Petey Phaleslu. Pours a nice deep brown with a slight, persistent tan head. Aroma of vanilla, nuts, brown sugar. Taste is slightly creamy, vanilla, chocolate, nuts, toffee, brown sugar. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2013
12 ounce can
This is my first MadTree beer but probably not the last. A very balanced and flavorful brown ale is on the heavy side for the style yet still manages to be very drinkable. If their other beers are even half as good this should be an up and coming brewery.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid brownish base is a light black color with a sandy speckled head. Coffee, rich chocolate brownies, malty maple wood, and smooth hops are a great profile that invites further inspection.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate cream pie, malts, and a pleasant underlying bitterness sticks to the tongue. The creamy mouthfeel finishes with a wave of malted iced tea. This is almost an imperial brown in nature. Grab a can of this plus maybe a few others the next time you roll through Cincinnati.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7902) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Can at GABF. Pours brown. Nose and taste of toasted nuts, light roast and brown malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2781) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Poured on draft at Dutch’s. Pours a translucent brown with a beige head and decent lacing. Aroma has light roast and some vanilla. Tastes malty sweet with some earthy roast coming through in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
osu97gp (646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pours a clear dark brown with hints of red and a small light tan head. Aroma of some coffee, caramel and chocolate. Flavor of caramel malts with coffee and roasted malts in the finish.

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