BVery (9503) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
TAP: Very deep mahogany pour. Nose of molasses and raisin. Taste is faint raisin up front, sweet, then chocolate/coffee late. Great beer.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a brown color with a little white head. Aroma was roasted malts, toast, and yeast. Flavor was weaker. Not a whole lot. Some malts coming through. There is better winter beers out there.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a standard pint glass with a small, fleeting caramel head. Aroma of deep, full malts. Taste is surprisingly complex. Definitely full bodied with flavors including heavy malts, caramel, slight coffee notes, and a nice smooth dry finish. Excellent beer. Everything i was hoping for. I will be going back to buy more tomorrow.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
ok brown ale. Dark brown color, thin white head. Robust malt aroma. Robust malt flavor, hints of roasted malt. Medium-heavy body, no hops, no dryness.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has a good amount of cocoa with a measure of pure licorice root. The flavor is pure, cold drinking chocolate with hints of hazelnut and a bit more of the licorice root.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
brown pour with a medium tan head.
Aroma is nutty, hazelnut in particular over a sweet caramel like malt.
lots of roasted malt flavour. more nuttiness, sweet malt tones. toasty finish.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, nut, coffee/roast, some toffee/caramel, cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, nut, some caramel, roast, rye spiciness. Medium body, low carbonation. A lot of flavors in here, seems like itís trying to do a bit too much. Also a bit too sweet.
ditch (14) - Dale City, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep dark brownish red with an off white small head that faded away pretty fast. No lacing to speak of.
Smells of sweet roasted malts. Chocolate and raisin. A bit of roast coffee.
Taste is very sweet and roasty. Very heavy for a brown ale. Has the brown sugar sweetness of a brown ale and the coffee and chocolate complexity you would normally get from a stout. Finish is slightly the bitterness of roasted coffee beans. There is something off and medicinal about the background. Not quite sure what it is. but it is masked well enough to not ruin this beer for me. A great winter brew!
Mouthfeel is a little flat and oily.
Drinkability is good, but not a session beer. Slightly heavy with the deep pallet.
All in all something worth trying. Iíll probably cellar a bottle of this to try again next year. Let ya know if that helps.
RHSpartan (6) - troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2009 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear dark brown with reddish hints. Thin dark cream head. Aroma full of chocolate, fruity esters, and subtle roast. No noticeable hop aroma. Crisp malt flavor with chocolate in the forefront with a dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. A decent brown ale, albeit a tad underwhelming.
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some smoke, and a tinge of caramel. Appearance is a clear brownish/black with a medium sized tan head that diminishes into a soapy film. Taste is roast, malt, wierd metallic taste like the other said. I thought they were just bashing it, but yeah that metallic taste is there. Kind of a dry finishes with a little lingering spice undertones. Overall, It started out good but went down hill from there. Cheers!