Stine (1651) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thinly, producing a body of rich mahogany; weak skin of grey leaves a sticky film of lacing along the sides of the glass. Forceful and slightly pungent aroma of pepper, peat moss, wet mulch and iron; watery hints of toffee and red berries. Taste brings a tepid, crisp montage of autumn leaves, milk chocolate, cinnamon, a bit of maple, and red apple. Not stunning, and highlighting the lesser qualities of its components, but predominantly pleasant. Quite dry, with hints of holly, cedar wood, and browned banana; a crisp, warming Christmas spice character seems most recurrent throughout. Medium in body, smooth, but somewhat tightly wound. Finishing smack of dry, leafy earth, medium roasted coffee and toasty brown sugars. Plain, but amiable. Thanks Alex!
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, and a littel nuttiness. Tastes of chocolate, roast, and nutty. Light coffee finish. A drinkable brown ale.
bhensonb (12309) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong aromas of chocolate and coffee. Opaque brown/black color with a decent tan head. Medium body with near creamy carbonation. The flavor moves to roasted/toasted dark malt. It’s heading for porter or stout. Quite smooth. There is a light piney hop note in the finish along with the toasted bitter. The finish is dry and decently bitter. It’s really good.
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear cola brown color and a small khaki head. tart, roasted chocolate aroma. medium thin body, softly carbonated with full, big bubbles. sweet, nutty chocolate taste, but not cloying, has a nice dry finish. good underlying roasted bread notes. overall pleased, it wasn’t too overpowering, but nice and easy drinking
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear dark brown, wispy tan head, streaks of lace,
dry chocolate and dark caramel aroma with a nice nuttyness and a slightly tart sour mash character,
rich chocolate flavor, lots of nutty character, only the slightest hint of sweetness,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours with an easily, fat-three-finger thick, darkish, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, brownish amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and malty with a mix of hops, fruit and darker grain aromatics. Aromas of berries and toasted grain / light coffee notes are noticeable at first, but then a particularly sharp, almost weed-like, herbal hop note comes to the fore. Initially the aroma was quite inviting, but that was all of like two seconds. This really green, overly vegetal, just bad aroma is here somehow and it is hiding all of the rich malt notes that I know are here somewhere. It smells something like an overly moist, just starting to rot, heap of weeds.
The taste is sweet up front, with a nicely caramelized layer of malt sugars. Flavors of berries and raisins are brought out by the sweetness. The beer is still fairly light bodied for something titled a double nut brown ale, but still has some fullness to it. The beer finishes with some toasted malt notes, which try to dry out the finish, but are not really successful at it. Somewhere in the finish that vegetal note from the aroma is noticeable, but luckily it is fairly subdued here (if you can taste without breathing it is not noticeable at least). Rancid broccoli, or some flavor like that, becomes noticeable in the finish if you drink this normally (with both nose and mouth).
If it wasn’t for that bad aromatic note, this would be quite enjoyable. Unfortunately it effects not just the aroma, but the flavor too and is too much for me to really enjoy this brew.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice dark brown appearance with smallish head, aroma of sweet caramel, roasty with a tinge of almond. Not getting a double heaping of nut flavor, but what otherwise very smooth roasty, cocoa coffee and sweet caramel. A decent brown ale, easy to drink.
IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Draft at Brews in the Village; Nose of coffee, caramel, and brown sugar; dark brown with a small beige head; flavor of coffee, molasses, with a small bitter hop finish! 9/9/07
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors; Nose of chocolate, coffee, and caramel; very dark brown with a small beige head; flavor is heavy with coffee and some leaaser amounts of chocolate; simliiar but different from the draft version; no hops! 7/4/7/4/14 3.6
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nothing "double" about it but the name.pretty standard all around for a nut brown.i wish i could say more.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 On tap in Bishop. This is a moderately rich, dark, brown ale with a strong toasted coffee/chocolate flavour and bite. Not as smooth or balanced as some brown ales (like Newcastle or Downtown Brow). It has stronger body and flavour than Newcastle but is thinner and less well-rounded than Downtown Brown. It’s fairly good but nothing special. This is primarily because it has too much of a burnt coffee/choclate element which tends to dominate the beer, leaving it not that well balanced and somewhat one-dimensional.