porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours dark mahogany brown with brownish/rubyish highlights. A finger or so of biege head. Fairly rich sweet aroma of caramel, nut and chocolate. Mouthfeel quite smooth and nice, almost velvety. Some light, patchy lacing. Flavor of semi-sweet chocolate and nut with some very light caramel underneath. Lingering nut/chocolate aftertaste. Pretty pleasant beer.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
06-Aug-08 (12-oz bottle: Purchased 12-May-08 for $1.89 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) The nose features sweet, candy-bar style chocolate but also offers roast, toasted nuts, coffee and earth. Intensely nutty flavor, with plenty of dark roast and medium-sweet chocolate, but a fairly ashy and coffee-like finish. A touch of sourness creeps in from time to time. Medium in body, soft and smooth carbonation, but some ashy astringency in the dry finish. Medium-brown in color, and good clarity yields transparency through the center, The inch-tall, dark-tan foam stand settles to a wide ring, leaving stray strands of lace on the glass. Not quite as rich as some of the best brown ales, but still quite enjoyable.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from RiversideAK - thanks! I was actually at the brewpub a few years back and remember having this one on draft. A nice brown pour with a medium beige head. Aroma is a bit nutty, sweet & brown sugary, and a lotta malt. Flavor is sweet, nutty and typical brown ale - a bit metallic in the finish though, and that took it down a notch for me (already the brown ale despiser).
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think someone offered me this a PP bottle shop a long time ago, and the rating has been sitting in my wallet. Deep brown color. Grainy taste and aroma. Leans dry. Roasty. Not that good.
JohnnyJ (4914) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with thick creamy tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee. Starts out fairly sweet and finishes dry. Very nice flavor, but the body is pretty thin and watery. I would recommend trying the brown ale.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to RiversideAK for this one. Pous light brown with thick 2 finger head that slowly dissipates to thick film. Decent lacing accompanied with toffee, nuts, and hops on the nose. Malty, roasts, nuts, and espresso. Very nice
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear brown with a short-lived off-white head. Nicoe aroma of nuts, caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Very malty taste with a solid amount of roasted malt and coffee flavor (like Chock Full O’ Nuts brand). I also got a sour mash-like taste in the finish, along with bitter chocolate. Could have more body, but a really good beer, nonetheless.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite watery but tasty. Tasting this and the Alesmith Nautical Nut side by side is quite a contrast. Great roasy taste. I really wish that this was a little more creamy.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of acrdz. Brown body with a small tan head, fading. The nose is sweet with light roast, toffee and figs. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with some roast, light chocolate, cola and plums. Medium/light body is thin with moderate carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2011 Rerate, 22oz bottle, purchased at Mammoth. Upped a few points; no astringency, nothing but a delicious brown porter-ish beer.
12oz bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a dark, clear chewy-brown color; khaki-colored head with patchy lacing. Lots of nuttiness, dried red fruits, and peanut shells in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: tea-like malts and nuttiness; slightly astringent, chalky, tannic; solid nut character, with some fruitiness coming through. Medium finish, showing tea, toasted malts, and dried fruit.