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.
Svesse (7032) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark ruby red colour with frothy, pale brown head. Malty nose with chocolate, wild berries, dark fruit and hops. Malty, roasted taste with notes of chocolate, coffee and hints of smoke. Full malt character with modest bitterness. Nice chocolatey finish. Nice beer with leanings in the winter bock direction.
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a clear brown colour with a low white lace. Somewhat muddy aroma of chocolate and fudge with floral undertones. Medium-bodied and clean with notes of milky chocolate, fudge, nuts and spices. Low on hops. Chocolate, spices and biscuit in the malty finish.
omhper (21758) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Nut brown, small head. Evident chocolate aroma. Fairly sweet with medium body and somewhat mushy mouthfeel. Well roasted with notes of cocoa and molasses. Low bitterness. Warming, like hot chocolate, but a bit raw and syrupy.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to styles for the 12 oz. bottle. pours a medium brown with a hint of a reddish tint, very small and very short lived khaki head. aroma is malty sweetness with just a bit of spice. flavor is about the same, malty sweetness with some spices. while not too exciting of a beer, definitely sessionable and enjoyable.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ON tap at the North End Market in Hudson, Ohio on 2/16/2008. Clear dark brown, medium tan head with good durability. Caramel dominates the aroma, some fruitiness, and a mild hop spiciness as well. Medium body and carbonation, and a soft chewiness. Malt flavors dominate as expected, with just enough bittering coming on at the finish. A nice drinkable, sessionable brown ale.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color with a nice amount of head. The aroma was that of toffee, nuts and a hint of coffee. The flavor was very good. Sweet but not too sweet...roasted by not too roasted...a very good brown ale. One I would definately drink again.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Aroma is toasty, biscuity. Flavor is more nutty, but has a toasty malt character about it. It has a sweetness that makes it stand out, and it doesn’t come off as a shrewd alcohol sweetness either (although that could be what its from). I think its a little unique for a brown, but a little on the thin side, which ive found typical of the style. Definitely purchase again when im in the mood for a brown ale. Good job New Holland.