highlandlad (1376) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fair brown ale, but like the rest of the brewer’s stuff doesn’t warrant the price tag. Great presentation from the bottle to the glass: teak with a thick marshmallow head that laced and lasted. Sweet and soft aroma of figgy fruits and caramels. Marginally too fizzy. Not nearly hoppy enough for an American brown. Mostly caramel, chocolate and faint coffee. Perfectly drinkable but closer to the English style than US imo. Needs more hops. (330ml bottle from Justin Lill Wines, Berry)
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and very drinkable. It was refreshing to find a nice dark ale on tap after having light lagers for a week in Melbourne.
bmeup (471) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle from Moo. This is good. Very dark tea colour. Nice lingering tan head. Roasted grains & coffee. Lovely sweetness & good balance of malt, coffee bean & bitterness. Not a big fan of brown ales but really liked this one.
mickmac (481) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a small brown foamy head over a clear garnet-brown body. Aroma and taste of bread, molasses with a diffuse subtle pine bitterness. Medium bodied. Not bad, but flavours and aroma’s pretty subtle/subdued.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.
Rich dark amber colour with a decent beige head. Sweet and fruity all round. Pleasant malt, hints of chocolate and a pleasant lick of bitterness in the finish balances it out nicely. Decent stuff.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep reddish brown. Very creamy thick off white head.. Nice lacing once the nead feel away. Aromas of toasted malt, coffee and perhaps some burnt chocolate. Minimal hop aormas present. Aroma is once again about the roasted malts and coffee. Slightly bitter on the finish thou this seems to be more from the mat rather than the hops. Mouthfeel is about as expected. Not too bad
mkel07 (2340) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Poured a nice dark brown to black in colour with a lingering beige head with some large bubbles. Burnt chocolate and coffee aromas give a hint of what is to follow with a burnt malt and roasted coffee flavour coming through when you drink it. Good mouthfeel that lasts, slick and full bodied. An all round good beer.
harrisoni (10911) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Kook Tasting 09. Dark brown, lasting beige. Decent mild. Some hop. It’s ok.
hawthorne00 (1860) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2011 330ml bottle. Pours burnt toffee with a well-retained soft beige head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Burnt sugars, piney hops, brewed coffee and berries. Taste is coffee, cocoa and nuts. Has a full yeasty mouthfeel. I’m not getting either the thinness or sweetness that some others here have reported - mine’s dry and quite rich. It was at the porter end of brown ale. It would seem that this one has been a bit all over the shop, but this bottle is very good. [3.7]
Bottle. Dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma of singed dark sugars, grass, coffee and pine. Excessively carbonated. Taste is dry with coffee and cocoa, light roasted malt, a little pine. Some overt bitterness at the end. Good once I got most of the bubbles out.
DonMagi (5598) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at chris_o’s "smash Kook’s granny tasting". Alround rating: Pale honey sweetness, roasty rich sweetness, though it is fairly thin, it remains balanced and drinkable enough.