HonkeyBra (3638) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown pour. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and spice. Flavor is interesting: lots of vanilla and wood notes along with the roasty malt. Maybe a bit of lactose too. Mouthfeel is fine. I’m not sure I could drink a six pack of these, but one is nice.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black (dark dark dark brown) pour with descent light tan head. Flavor is great – smoke, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruits, etc. Full medium body with minimal carbonation and soft mouth feel. Overall: great stuff.
jgb9348 (4961) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown coloured body with a nice dense tan head. Aroma of nuts, malt, toffee and a strong amount of spice - very nice! Medium-bodied; Assertive maltiness with a good amount of sugars, tucked in with some chocolate and a tiny bit of fruit. Aftertaste mellow and robust at the same time - nice! Overall, a good brown and much better than most from the style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchsaed from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 25-November-2008, sampled a day later at home in Washington.
radagast83 (5363) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a pretty decent medium sized head. Aroma is cream, roasted malts, and caramel. Flavor is caramel, roasted malts, coffee, and a slight note of chocolate. A pretty good brown ale for a cold night.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Dark brown pour with medium head, moderate retention and lacing. Slightly roasty caramel aroma with some dark fruit and floral hop notes. Caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts and nuts in the taste. Medium bodied.
Strykzone (5331) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with red highlights. A nice big tan head that hung around for a while finally fading to an oily ring. Tasted like iced coffee but on the light side. Alcohol seemed higher than 6% but was more in the flavor than the warming. A good brown but not ideal on a 97 degree July evening. Still, it was enjoyable.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
reddish brown with small head..aroma of floral hops, chocolate, and nuts..flavor is largely of malts characteristics (bitter-sweet chocolate, nuts, and light hops)
Sammy (9237) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an ice cream fudge borwn with white head encasment. Malty smell. Aggressive carbonation. Very malty taste. Altogether so-so.
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From one of my favorite American brewers: The body is deep ruby at an angle, dark and viscuous at another, looking much deeper in color than a typical "brown" ale. The head is dwarfishly small and soft, leaving nothing more than a pale white ring as it resides. The aromas swarm around your glass with purpose; molasses, pepper, caramel, fruit cake, madeira wine, and ripe, fresh blackberries hint that this beer might be heavy and strong, but a first sip, any misconceptions are cleared up. The body is smooth, velvety and medium bodied on the palate with a great drinkable feeling. The dark fruits again present themselves in the taste, surrounded by muscular, chewy sweetness, dark rum, burnt malt, charred oak, and some obvious espresso flavors. Honestly quite straight-forward and over-the-top for the style. For a minute there I thought I was drinking a robust Mocha Porter. Overall, I’d say this beer strays pretty far from the brown ale style, but it is very aptly named. I couldn’t think of any beer I’d rather have during a cold winter bout of "cabin fever."
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours brown with a small head. Very malty flavor with a little yeast aftertaste. Full flavor. Pretty good.