nuplastikk (5675) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber for $1.99. Ruby red-brown color, soapy off-white/beige head. Mellow, subdued toffee, brown sugar aroma. True to style in most respects. Pretty nice sweet specialty malt notes, but comes off a little watery in it’s body. Lacks real depth, character, ect. Mild soapy hop balance. Session beer I suppose. OK, inoffensive, no off flavors.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with an off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, chocolate. Taste is caramel, chocolate, mild hoppiness, coffee.
malrubius (2483) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s of course. Nice clear deep brown with lasting flat head. Toasty maple syrup and nuts chestnuts aroma. Toasted maple syrup brown sugar with medium fruit and medium roasted bitter lingering finish. I’m not a fan of brown ales that much (I mean, who is?) but this seems like a pretty decent one. Very very smooth.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour. Creamy white/tan head. The nose has a little bit of caramel and cocoa on the finish. A bit of soft fruitiness and a light dry cocoaish flavour as well. There is a touch of licorice and some light toffee as well. Earthy finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. clear brown with ruby highlights under a small, frothy, beige head. a bit of chocolate in aroma. flavor has a nice bitter chocolate note with nutty caramel sweetness and finishes with a light floral aftertaste that let’s the nutty flavors hang around. bit of mild coffee in there too. palate is on the lighter side. low carbonation. had great time trying these Mission Street gems from Trader Joe’s!
mansquito (5041) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trader Joe’s, Union Square ($2.50): Pours a see through amber brown with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malts. Light bodied for a brown ale, which makes it infinitely sessionable (I could drink a six-pack of these bombers with ease). Taste of caramel malts, with nutty hints. Some sweetness in there. Not a very complex beer, but a well-balanced and drinkable one... oh yeah and it is a great value.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light brown pour, sweet aroma. Flavor is nice, not too sweet, aroma made me think it would be sweeter, but flavor is mild coffee, nuts, slight alcohol, something going on for a brown ale, comes together nice, will drink again. Bomber from Trader Joes, Upland,Cal.
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 Bomber from Trader Joes. Nose of caramel, and hints of chocolate, coffee, and almonds. Clear rusty brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly lightly sweet chocolate and nutty caramel.
RedSox2004 (1590) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep ruby red/brown with a nice foamy one-finger head and decent lacing. Aromas of choclate, caramel and some burnt sugar. Strong roasted malt taste gives way to a buttery nuttiness with a very subtle hops bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, and the roasted malts linger in the aftertaste.
vyvvy (5467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany brown with a dense tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, cola flavors, dark caramel, nuttiness and English yeastiness. Medium / full body at first then it thins out a bit and has moderate soft carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of toasted nutty malt along with spice and some bread and light minerals. The finish has light metallic flavors, but they are not too prominent. Nice brown ale.