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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Had this beer straight out of the can. Had some chocolate and roasted coffee notes. A nice finish. The flavors all come together nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertov416 (1) - Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2014 does not count
A bit too hoppy for my liking on a Brown and not quite as rich as I like Porters. Not bad, but not what I was looking for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (917) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Can. Almost stout like in the aroma. Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and toast?. Complex for sure. Palate is nice and chewy. Taste is a little dry, expecting sweeter based on smell, but this is a damn good beer. Their best so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hartung32 (234) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
Really interesting beer. Has characteristics of a Brown and a Porter. The Brown characteristics hit first, with the Porter to follow. Very good beer; makes me want to try their other offerings. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1389) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2014
12 ounce can, canned on 11/10/2014. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear brown color with some reddish tints to it. Head retention is good, and there’s a lot of lacing. The brew smells like brown sugar, nuts, vanilla and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some toasted malt and a light bitter hoppiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brown ale, I wouldn’t mind buying this again. Nice to see the MadTree cans finally come to Columbus! $9.99 a 6-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmacuc (10) - - MAR 13, 2014
Dark brown color (almost like a stout or porter), creamy brown head, strong coffee aroma, hints of chocolate maybe in aroma and flavor, noticeable coffee flavor, especially in the finish, complex for a brown ale, very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7956) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2014
Can. Coffee and nutty chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet milky/nutty coffee malt and light herbal flavor. Nice body. A great brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Draft. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted dark chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex brown that exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4090) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Draft: Poured deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate. Flavour is nutty, roast, chocolate. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - 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.

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