Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red coppery body, thin/medium light cream head. Toasty, nutty aroma with a touch of chocolate and earthy hops. Pretty thin-bodied but with a nice flavor profile, quite toasty and earthy with brown sugar and a slight nuttiness. Perfect for session drinking; this does everything right despite being light in body. Iím finding that New Glarus excels in subtlety.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Styles. Pours a very clear chestnut color. A slight, beige head forms slowly and fades quickly. Nice nutty sweet aroma with a little touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth. Nutty and caramel flavors. Nice hop finish. Nicely done brown ale.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper with a beige head. Pleasant aroma of malt, nuts, hops. Nicely carbonated and smooth in the mouth. Crisp, fresh nutty taste with hops and malt and caramel. Very good stuff.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 Pours brown/mahogany with decent head, spotty lacing. Nutty up front, hazelnut, faint almond, bready/toasty, faint caramel. Flavor well balanced combo of nuts and caramel/toffee, finishes with some hop bitterness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Great session.
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Kind of a roasty, citrus, and chocolate aroma. Pours a transparent reddish-brown with a small white head that lasts a minute or so. Flavor is roasted malt with some chocolate in there. A little nuttiness, but mostly malty. Light hops in finish balance well with the initial flavors.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Acquired in a trade with joeybgood. Thanks Joe! Ruby tinged amber with splashes of brown throughout. Very "autumn" in color. Small whitish head. Nose is roasted malt, strong nuttiness, light cocoa and faint bittersweet chocolate. Taste is roasted malt and nuts. The chocolate comes through a bit more here. The nuttiness and roasty notes dominate, however. Mild hop character. Body is near full. Decent carbonation. Light bitterness. Finishes with more nuttiness and roasted notes. Good beer!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brownish amber color with a big head that turned into a whole lotta nada. Aroma that seems a bit oxidized, almost woody with some caramel, dough and choc malt. Nice roasty taste with flavors of hazelnut or almond with just a light hop bite. Mouthfeel has a bit of zip to it which can or canít be just a hop bitterness. Either way, this is a brown ale with a real nutty taste. My critcism is that itís just a tad too sweet and lacks head retention. Other than those two things, this is another fine NG beer.
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking amber colored ale with an off white head that exhibits good retention. Aroma is pleasent with sweet malt notes of caramel and raw peanuts. Flavor has the best elements of a brown ale, very nice malt sweetness, very light chocolate flavor, and it does possess a light, dry hop presence that rounds things out. This represendts best of style along with AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown. Tasty. Moments like this are what make beer drinking great.
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found the label interesting. Whereas most often I see people talking about their super-hopped beers with the "malt backbone", the label talks first about the malts and then says that the hops provide a backbone. This is a wonderful beer, though not really what I think of as a brown. A deep copper color, with some lasting off-white head. Rather perfume-like aroma, mild but more effervescent as it warms. Excellent flavors, nutty, caramel, and loads of toasty qualities. A mild bitterness plus a nice warming quality really put me in an aura of enjoyment. I think this beer achieves, as well as any American bottle that Iíve tried, all the qualities that an excellent British cask bitter sets out to provide. This is more carbonated (not intrusively), but it has all the rounded malts and zings and zags in the right places. Simply elegant, and excellent. (My wife really loved it, too.)
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: clear, caramelly-brown color, with a nice, off-whitish head.
Aroma: nice, soft, creamy, a little sweet, but speaks of little else.
No, I speak too soon...in time, more flavor develops in this nose, give it time and the tell-tale nut appears, the aroma fleshes out, yeah, now, itís working...no diggety...
Good hops right up front, and big, chocolatey malt immediately thereafter...good, substantial mouthfeel, this felt very nice on the palate, great prescence, very nice.
So many browns are meek and mild in flavor and body, so few display much in the way of taste and body, and the Fat Squirrel is a step in a better direction. I could drink a few of these, I could...