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A traditional, english-style full-bodied brown ale with a sweet, toasted malt aroma and hint of bakerís chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeepguy1966 (3) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012 does not count
A pleasing aroma with a nice flavor. Hoppy over tones. A real nice social drink that is not to high in abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2007
Iím not a huge brown ale person, but this is the most complex and best tasting brown I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Tap. Incredibly dark brown, tettering towards black in the right light. Tan head slow to dissipate. Full aroma of chocolate and nutmeg, creamy and strong taste. Flowed so well I didnít want to stop drinking. Great with a meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3847) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2008
12 oz, bb Jul 08. Uncloudy mahogany with a large and enduring creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Molasses, cocoa, caramel and occasional sour-metallic notes in the aroma. Flavor is molasses, cocoa and dark-toasted walnut with a slight lactic acid twang and light metallic hops. Medium body is lightly carbonated, smoothish and sufficiently dry on the finish to make a great session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Best When Served By: BLANK. Iím sure itís fine, though. Iím 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 thereís 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, Iíd keep it in steady refrigerator rotation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 8/11/09. Had this on tap at the First Street Draught House in town. Iíve had this in bottle form, but this is a first on tap. Came out a dark brown with ruby edges and a good 1-inch tan head on top. Retention was fair, but there was tons of sticky lacing on the glass edge. Smells like molasses, brown sugar, toasted bread, and roasted nuts. The mouth was creamy and smooth with a touch of carbonation on the tongue. The brown sugar that I found in the scent is also in the flavor. This is a pleasantly sweet, roasty Brown Ale. Bitterness is low. Plenty of malty goodness in this beer. I much preferred this beer on tap. Recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle on 09/04/2008. Dark brown body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head that persists. Nutty and caramel aroma with some chocolate hints. Sweet nutty flavor, more faint chocolate in the background. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2009
A dark brown pour with hints of red a creamy tight head and lace. Toasted malt aroma. Rich maltiness with a hint of semi sweet caramel. Creamy carbonation and body. Very nice all round brown ale. I really liked this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1541) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle from sampler. A rich brown that has some porter like qualities with the chocolate and a little heavier body (which I like). Surprised by how low the alcohol content is for such a flavorful beer. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Draught at Piedmont Ale House in Burlington. Clear dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel and a definite but distant chocolate note - interesting and inviting. My first thought on this was, "Chocolate? Iíve never noticed this in a brown ale before, am I imagining it?" I hadnít read the commercial descriptio, either. Body is medium with a soft mouthfeel, and jsut the slightest stickiness. Rich caramel sweetness, and some nice balance provided by gentle use of some spicy hops. Teh finish, although a tad sweet, is not overly so, and the result is a very refreshing, nicley brewed effort. Glad I had this, I would have it again. Good accompaniment for the typical pub fare.

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