ARH (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured into a snifger. The aroma is grape jelly and toast that mellows towards a praline aroma. The beer is dark and oily looking with a cola color, and is topped by a light tan head that’s dense, but thin and soap with a filmy surface that has a light retention and specks of lace. The beer is a medium sweet and light bitter. It’s water thin and smooth with a fizzy carbonation and a light body. Flavors of dry molasses and nuts and dominant on the palate with a finish that’s spicy with toast and alight coffee flavor. The dry aftertaste is clean with notes of spice and toast.
superspak (4675) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/19/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light fruitiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light fruitiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light fruitiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very good English brown ale style. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Dark ruby color. Really nice, thick white head. Very mild nose. Pretty sweet -- notes of pecan in particular. Way too thin for what it is.
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from Steve
a little bit on the thin side could use more mouthfell and some stonger malt backbone
kidmartinek (4670) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
More black than anything. Almost opaque. Aroma is a bit metallic. Flavor is dirty like the ghettoblaster. Light body. Miss.
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish pour with off tan head, aroma brought notes of nuts, roast, ash, caramel, toffee, some very slight hints of cocoa. Taste is a mix of roast, coffee, over done coffee beans into some hints of toffee, cocoa, touch of spicy yeast, finishing roasted, ashy, dry.
rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. Brown with small head. Somewhat below average brown ale. Malty and bland with a little bit of off flavoring.
ColovianTrader (464) - - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly complex beer. Lots of roasted nut flavors mixed with sweet caramel, yeast, cocoa, faint clove and brown sugar. A bit too sour for my liking, but it offers a unique twist. Medium bodied and darker than expected.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear burnt Amber color with almost no lacing. Minimal coffee aroma. Smooth coffee mouthfeel. A decent brown.
mrjaxson (490) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, roasty aroma with shades of chocolate. Small head that dissolved quickly. Full bodied and overall quite tasty. I believe this beverage rates out the best here at RateBeer among all Motor City offerings. After sipping three other beers that were all average (or less), I would agree this is definitely the one to try when visiting the pub.