Onslow (1410) - 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 Ė and at the end of the swallow itís the awful that stays with you. Maybe Iíd like it better on a winter night instead of a spring afternoon, but right now, I donít like it.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a ruby brown with a thin tan head that diminishes quickly. Has a caramel aroma with a creamy texture and nutty flavor. Good but nothing special.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap and served in a mug. A dark mahogany brown pour with a thin, frothy tan head that quickly settled into a somewhat lasting cap. Pretty good lacing. The aroma was mildly roasty and had some subtle notes of caramel and chocolate. The flavor had moderately dry, roasty, chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean and quaffable.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled in Lexington, Va. Very very dark and the taste of whiskey barreling. I dont reallly care for it overall. The aftertaste is a bit harsh.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured translucent coppery-brown with just about zero head on it. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted nutty and caramel notes accentedc by greener grassy and herbal bitterness.. overall soft, pleasant, and well-balanced.. until it warmed up and some stale and sour notes emerged. The flavor had sweet caramel, chocolate, and nutty notes at the core, with an ugly stale herbal and dark spicy presence on the sides.. bitterness was low, and the finish was sticky and not too enjoyable. Lighter-bodied and tacky on the palate with low carbonation. I was hoping for more with this one.
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle- Palmerís. Dark brown, no head. Aroma was fantastic- sweet licorice, molasses, even some prunes. But the taste was nothing like the aroma- started out with some chocolate right away, but then it completely thinned out / watered out and I was left with a sour, metallic finish. This one started good and finished bad. Disappointing from such a good brewery.
djensen47 (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Full review available at:
------- This brown ale has a dark color like that of a porter with a dark off-white head. The head retention was extremely poor.
-------- The aroma of Cabin Fever is roasty and slightly nutty. In the first few smells of this beer the aroma is yeasty and bready.
-------- The taste has a malty-sweetness with a roasted chocolate malt flavoring. There are flavors of coffee and mocha present as well. There is a little bitterness.
------& Cabin Fever is a medium-full bodied beer. This beer had a chalky mouthfeel that I did not find very pleasing.
------ I bought a six-pack but after the first one I really wanted to try something else but didnít have anything handy.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours black to brown with a short lived head. The aroma is malty and rye. The flavor is rye, with a dark fruit to sour tinge. The palate is medium bodied. Not sure what made me buy this. The rye is nice. Meh...
baraciisch (2904) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Walnut brown in color... Not much malt aroma... Distinctly nutty flavor... Quite delicious...
popephred (266) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a chestnut brown body with a tan head of foam which dissipated quickly. Aroma had more burnt chocolate notes than what I was prepared for, though it was not unpleasant, just unexpected. Smooth and slightly sweet, this ale has a syrupy quality that coats the taste buds with a predominately toasty palate, featuring strong notes of coffee and caramel. Overall, more in the stout category than brown ale, but I did like this beer overall.