kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy dark ruby, with almost no head at all even after a vigorous pour. Aroma is akin to liquid malt extract, with notes of yeast and some resiny hops. Flavor is bland and a little cardboardy, some nutty and sweet caramel malt as well. Mouthfeel is very thin and fizzy. I’m wondering if this is a fresh bottle. I purchased it about 1.5 months ago, but have kept it well and it says that it is bottle conditioned, so unless this is from the previous summer I’d have to give a big thumbs down on this guy.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice dark brown color with a sorta coffee aroma (might be the roastyness). Very bitter, yet smooth.
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So dark brown it’s almost black in color. Mildly roasty aroma. Smooth (borderline almost watery) nutty, roasted, taste with some lingering bitterness. Easily drinkable but a bit too mild and nonchalant.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Herbal hops, some roasty malts in the lightly acidic aroma. Hazy flat brown coloured body with shy white head. Roasted malts, mild balsamic acidity, some cooked cabbage and meaty, sulfury flavour. Thin and watery texture with low carbonation. Unfortunately this one had to pleasure the drain. Bottle sampled with MartinT and Olivier (Winooski Beverage Warehouse - Dec. 2004).
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish brown color with a white bubbly head and sparce lacing on the glass. Nose begins caramelly and nutty, possibly some butterscotch as well. Very nice sweet caramel, mocha, lots of nut. Sweet and creamy, with just the slightest bit of citrus. Wow one of the best browns I have had.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small pale tan head. Sweet coffee, faint hops, nutty nose. Clear ruby brown. Earthy dusty stone, slight cherry, burnt toffee, nutty, dark toast, bitter chocolate, fairly thin body, finishing with an assertive boost of hops. Dry and pleasantly refreshing. Not in your face, but nice. A great summer brown.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2005 A boorish dry yeast presence evokes plant-like flour, or dusty DMS...These overpowering forces cast a ghoulish shadow on the roasty bitterness...Old cherry wine hiding in moldy cellar, threatened by the flying ashes...Considering other ratings for most of their low-gravity seasonal brews (with the Commodore 64 labels), this brewery seems to be having pretty serious bottling inconsistencies...
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark copper with a thin, shot-lived ring of foam. Light caramel malt aroma. Very watery with lightly roasted character. Tastes like they only used half the malt they should've. Judging by the other ratings, perhaps I got a bad bottle.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hell yeah. I really don't enjoy many american brown ales, but this one's a keeper. Deep brown in color, with a thick off white head. Aroma is chocolate and a good bit of roasted malt. Very mild hops. Slightly earthy taste. Roasty and clean, with some chocolate and nuttiness. Mild fruitiness. Body is pretty light, with moderate carbonation. Lingering chocolate aftertaste. Slightly dry.
OldGrowth (2758) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good nose. Molasses chocolatey. A little scotch. Great clear brown color. Burnt slightly bitter with a creamy crisp finish. Though not a classic brown, a good little ale