patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle - Pours medium brown with a one finger head. It has a mild, nutty caramel malt aroma. The flavor is of caramel malt with some off tasting sourness in the background that makes me think there’s a hint of infection. It looks like "screigh" below got some with a worse infection. At any rate, the sourness was only hinted at in my bottle, but the beer was light and lacking in flavor. It was drinkable, but not much more.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 4, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Taste 2/9 Bottle. Looks: Deep, clear brown with a thick foam that disappears quickly. Aroma: Medium and dark roasts, toast and chocolate. Taste: Smokey, watery and broken. Not a pleasing taste to me. Nothing complements the other. Doesn’t come across as a brown ale.
wmubronco1992 (638) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark black color. Creamy off white head. Some lacing. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and carmal. Has a strange sour taste. I generally like brown beers, but this definitely is not what I was expecting. Very intense and unusual. Curious to know how this tastes as a draft.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque amber pour with a 1/2" brown head and minimum lacing. Roasted, nutty malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied and mildly sweet. Seems balanced enough and is a touch thin in the finish. Warm flavors of toast, nuts, and cocoa powder. Woody flavor with an abundance of crystal malt. Mildly assertive, a rather enjoyable brown ale.
screigh (472) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured a heavy brown with some red hues. Off-white head. Smell is sweet but off...weird smelling. Taste is horrible. It tastes sweet like a milk stout but think spoiled milk instead of lactose sugar. Horrible sour taste. One of the worst 6 packs I have bought in awhile.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown pour thin off white head and a ring of lace at the top of the glass. Sweet roasted malts and toffee on the nose. Chocolate and roast flavor. Creamy finish
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 12-oz bottle during Cellars Wine & Spirits weekly beer tasting. Pours a semi-clear dark brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin off-white ring. Aroma of roasted dark malt, some toffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of roasted dark malt, toffee, caramel, chocolate and some flowery hops. Finish is semi-sweet with a light chocolate and toasted dark malt aftertaste.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Draught at Woodward Avenue Brewery and Berkley Front. Reminds me of a cross between a porter and a brown ale; there’s a definite sweetness to the finish on top of the cream and slight bitter bite. Nice body, rich without being overwhelmingly thick.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/24/2008. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a small off-white head. Sweet roast, caramel, chocolate and toffee aroma. Sweet chocolate and roast flavor with some light caramel. Medium body wtih mdoerate carbonation.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 12oz bottle from a buddy at a frisbee game - thanks, Steve! Pretty anonymous amber-brown pour, with faint carbonation and a kind of dull color. The nose is semi-sweet, with hints of toffee and just slightly dank autumn fruits. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is light, and the stillness does little for the relatively character-less flavor. Slightly nutty and malty in just the right by-the-numbers dose, I suppose.