ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with some amber-hinted edges and layered with a light tan head.
Smell: Malty mélange of well toasted loaf bread, ground nuts, chocolate powder, caramelized sugars, and a splash of mild coffee. Notably fruity throughout.
Taste: Sweet malts, moderately nutty, toasty and with a solid taste of cocoa powder and lighter touch of burnt sugars. Steadfast fruitiness. Restrained hop character, though it yields some hints of herbs and citrus. Modest bitterness. Smidgen of roastiness. Drying, nutty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A good, malty, yet well-balanced brown at a good, sensible price. Paired as a nice contrast to the black bean and pumpkin soup I made this evening.
Leighton (18710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cola-brown pour with a modest, off-white head. Brownie aroma with other dark malts. Sweet, malty flavor with light chocolate and tobacco. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes malty, sweet and fairly roasty. This is one of the better brown ales I’ve had. Very good stuff.
nuplastikk (5794) - 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 (2609) - 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 (9325) - 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 (5468) - 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 (4111) - 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.