jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown beer with some cola colored highlights. Thin beige head that shrank to a ring quickly. Nose is very nutty and buttery, with some brown sugar and burnt toast. I get a slippery buttery sensation as I drink this. Some dark buttered toast, toffee sweetness, and a funky off raspberry note that odds an odd tang to this.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - OCT 14, 2009
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Based on the review below my bottle must have been the way this beer was supposed to taste. This is the WORST brown I have had. Finished it is about all I can say....between this and a Diet Coke in the future I will take the diet.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
although the optimist in me wants to like this beer, with its nutty, caramel, and treacle aroma and chocolatey appearance, the taste is way too sour for my palate, and I’ve had a few of them. All were the same.
thedm (5497) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This bottled brew from a rating party at JSquires poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated red brown colored body. The mild aroma was brown malt and Irish Red malty. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of nutty and brown malt. An OK brew just nothing special.
drowland (7803) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unfortunately I drank this without taking notes and forgot the details... I do remember it being a bit off and overly sour.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mahogany with a medium tan head quickly fading to a thin layer. Aroma of diacetyl, nuts and caramel. Taste of nuts, brown sugar, hazelnuts, brown sugar and some not so pleasant sourness. Nasty and off-putting, not a big fan of this one.
hershiser2 (1867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. $1.80 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours brown with a large fluffy tan head. Aroma os sweet caramel and maple. Way too tart flavor... tastes like sour apples... nearly undrinkable. Bad bottle?
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma was roasty with caramel, chocolate and some nuttiness. Flavor was roasted malts, light caramel, nuts, chocolate and a bit of toffee. Meh
Headbanger (3773) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle 5/21/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a dark brown with red tints. Aroma of nuts, caramel, and malt. Taste is of roasted malt, raisins, sweetness, and something not very good. This medium bodied brew starts off good but then goes down hill from there. If the nasty flavor on the back end would go away it would be much better.
Onslow (1361) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2016 Re-rating 5 years on with a considerable boost to the score.
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear deep brown ale with one finger of dense tan head. Pleasant aroma of sweet chocolate, caramel, a little toast and nuts. Taste is lightly sweet up front balanced with a nice toasty chocolate overtone, transitions to a more nutty taste with a very nice dryness at the very end that really offsets the sweetness. Sweet as many brown ales are, but very enjoyable. Must of had a bad bottle back in 2009....
Original rating 5/7/09:
Deep hazy opaque brown pour. Thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is nutty, caramel, but a bit metallic. Flavor starts with sweet malt, transitions to a hoppy bitterness, but ends on a sour note that suggests decay or spoilage. This hits the taste buds with a mixture of fantastic and awful flavors – and at the end of the swallow it’s the awful that stays with you. Maybe I’d like it better on a winter night instead of a spring afternoon, but right now, I don’t like it.