ianwelby (434) - SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear but very, very dark beer with a beige head. Aroma is light malt and sour fruit. Flavour has a bit of malt, chocolate and caramel in there but the initial hit is mostly sweet fruit. It’s not the strongest-tasting beer but the balance is quite pleasant and I’d say it’s one of the nicer sub-3% beers I’ve had.
edsspoon (327) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Deep ruby red with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste of chocolate and vanilla followed by roasted malt, light smokiness, light bitterness and medium sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation.
Douberd (2084) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500 ml at home, into a Guinness glass, ABV 2.8%
Pours a very dark mahogany brown coloured beer, with a small tan head on top, with a good density,good retention too, light lacing left on the glass.
Aroma has caramel, milky chocolate, light floral.
Taste is sweet, malty with hints of milky chocolate, iron.
Thin body with low carbonation resulting in a kind of watery beer, but very drinkable.
belgis (123) - LATVIA - APR 10, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Roasted bit robust smell almost no foam, dark brown colour, intense aroma, taste is bit watery in after taste, but drinkable.
adodo (51) - Riga, LATVIA - APR 10, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown, no head. Aroma is similar to fruit cake. Medium sweetness, little sour.
CharlieTwoPies (13) - United Kingdom, - APR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Delicious extremely dark brown (black?) Colour with opacity in the light. Thick, creamy, pale tan head. Nutty, smooth, malt on the nose and a really rich bread/toast. Rich English crystal and chocolate malts which come through on the palate heavily. Creamy sweet toffee which is prominent but there is a superbly flowery and very mildly spicy hoppiness which plays second fiddle to the malt but intermingles quite uniquely throughout. Lasting rich finish and feel. Fantastic. Also only a quid!
Cantabrian (781) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When I bought this bottle I had no idea of this beer’s significance for the history of brown ales - rather alien to me. Even after reading the label, which left me with a certain scepticism, I was surprised to see such a dark walnut brown beer pouring, with a decent looking creamy head. There isn’t much of an aroma, except a very feeble chocolate maltiness. Flavours stay around the malts and caramels, with a touch of metal and chocolate, and virtually no bitterness. It is really nice. Medium to light bodied, with moderate carbonation, it is still velvety and even sticky on the tongue (not cloying though). I was glad to have it, and I’d be happier to have more of it. This pleasant brown ale is the product that resurrected the “Brown Ale” term over a century ago. It could make many other brown ales out there ashamed of themselves. Historically it has nothing to do with “Mild Ale”. Yet, if you read above, the style where it was filed under…
Rob_D_UK (688) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black with a white head. Smell is a tiny bit soapy with a bit of caramel too. Taste is a bit spiced.
wheresthepath (1524) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Bottle that Dad shared with me- cheers! Dark brown with a thin beige head and a slight fizz. Chocolate dominates with some roasted malt too. It?s a bit thin, but that actually seems to work in this case. The metallic taste of pasteurization is surprisingly muted and the beer is far better than I expected. I quite enjoyed it actually!
jamesie1857 (1347) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Tesco - Clear, dark brown with a tan head. Quite heavy roasted malt in the aroma, along with coffee and malty sweetness. Sweet and roasted flavour with a thin body. For a quid, it wasn’t bad.