Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a chestnut color with a light tan head and a small amount of lacing. The nose brings some light toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of a nutty characteristic. The taste is pretty tame, with some bread, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Feel is good with adequate carbonation. Nice and smooth. Drinks well enough, but nothing special. Fairly sessionable.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-29-2010
Aurelius (4570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild toast and light caramel aroma - nice, but subtle. Poured from a growler retrieved by LuckyDog from the brewery. A bittersweet cocoa bite, not overly hopped, toast, some caramel and nuts. Effervescent, but with a solid mouth. Long roasty finish with just a hint of creosote. A decent session brew.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of nuts, toffee, caramel and hints of chocolate. Flavor of the some. Getting some metallic notes. But overall a nice brown ale. I would hop it more...but this is a solid version.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from the bottle with a deep, ruby-tinted brown color beneath a big, billowy, sticky tan head. The aroma features a wonderful caramel sweetness, but also a bit of toasted nuts that give an indication of some substance beneath the sweetness. The flavor doesn’t quite deliver on the suggestions of the aroma, but there is still a pleasant combination of light, sweet caramel, a little coffee and milk, and a bit of earthiness. Unfortunately, the fine, prickly carbonation does not complement the smooth, sweet flavors, and it even distracts and drowns out the flavor to some extent. Overall, this beer makes a great first impression, and if not for the texture, I would want to have another right away. Even so, this is still a nice brown ale that I will likely come back to.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at He’s Not Here in Chapel Hill, out of a plastic bucket more or less. Brown in color with a lasting light khaki head. The aroma is nuts, caramel, and mild toastiness. Nice if nothing out of the ordinary. The flavor is nutty with caramel, mild milk chocolate, and a slightly acrid finish. Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Not a bad beer overall. Helped me break out a pretty killer version of RickRoll in karaoke that night if I do say so myself.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Natty Greenes, Greensboro NC on 13 July 2006. Chestnut brown colour. Nutty and borderline dry. Just a touch of caramel and a lick of dusty hops. Malt is more toasty than sweet caramel. Relatively firm mouthfeel. Not usually a style I’m too keen on but this was a decent enough example.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - Pours a dark brown with a medium tannish head. Solid lacing throughout the duration. Aroma is caramel and toasted malt along with some earthiness. The taste is earthy malt, caramel, roasted nuts and brown sugar. Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated, mild finish. Easy easy drinking.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a very dark brown almost black. Light off white head. Decent lace. Flavor is a slight fruit sweetness. Somewhat boring run of the mill brown.
ChainGangGuy (4482) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best When Served By: BLANK. I’m sure it’s fine, though. I’m sure of it!
Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with a bubbly, light beige-hued head.
Smell: A malt, chiefly nutty nose, though there’s plenty of chocolate, caramel, and light roast to be found as well. Meager dehydrated dark fruits beneath the maltiness. Again: nuts.
Taste: Where I found the aroma to be largely nutty, the taste was mainly of chocolate powder. Supported by additional malty influences of sweet dark caramel, toasted nuts, and a splash of mellow coffee. Light raisin-like fruitiness. Subtle earthy hop character with a light hint of clean bitterness. Finishes smooth, sweetish, and with more of those fine malt tastes.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A pleasant, tasty, low-alcohol, malt-forward brown ale. Were I to have regular access to this, I’d keep it in steady refrigerator rotation.
cmc619 (489) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The state of North Carolina has brown ales figured out. Another fine example, this pours a deep brown with a thin-medium head that dies quickly. Aroma is light. Flavor almost delves into stout/porter territory, but keeps mouthfeel/smooth carbonation of a brown. Unusually sweet finish--maybe too much. Duck-Rabbit and Carolina Nut Brown still win, however. Highly drinkable.