bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very drinkable brown. Good balance of hop and chocolaty malt. Nice nutty texture.
fishonmyplane (474) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Carbonation seems high, and it has almost a lager mouthfeel. The flavor is hoppy for a nut brown, with some chocolate malt, but not enough nut flavor. Not really what I was expecting.
rjwhite41 (51) - osceola, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. Pours a dark brown with a small tannish head that dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, butterscotch, light generic hops. Tastes of caramel and rye and with a moderate bitterness with a nice balanced dry finish. Body is great for the style. Good winter beer. Worth drinking but nothing mind blowing. I would drink again.
jmohno (1123) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 Dark brown, slight reddish orange hue, light head, little to no lace. Nutty aroma with musty earthiness/woodiness, slight fruit like cherry maybe,. Nutty cherry caramel like flavor, slickish oily some, peppery citrus pine complexity in the bitter. Does finish clean with a hint of citrus on the end. Hint of woody booze.
firstsip (490) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Dark brown. Nice gray-brown head. Good creamy body. Malty nose. Very roasty flavors, good charred malt. Good cold weather beer.
tectactoe (2202) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Deep brown, oaky color with a light head, appearing far whiter than you’d expect from a brown ale. Decent retention, little lacing. Aroma is very, very nutty, sort of woodsy, & a little grainy. Faint notes of toasty malts & even more mild cacao bean towards the back-end. Warming aromatics. Taste is nutty, earthy, grainy, with a slight backdrop of toasted malts & a mild, spicy hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Slick mouth feel, needs a touch more carbonation. A decent brown ale, albeit sort of bland.
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-20-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a medium brown colored beer with a one finger cream colored head. The head faded relatively quickly leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was roasty and sweet. There was a good presence of chocolate and roasted malt with a sweet caramel and some milky smells. With these sweeter and roasted aromas there is a light toasted nut smell which rounds out the rest of the aromas nicely.
Taste – The taste begins with a good roasted malt, chocolate, and some caramel flavors. The chocolate takes on a more milk chocolate flavor more toward the middle of the taste as some crrème comes to the tongue. A small amount of coffee and hop flavors as well as some roasted nut come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end, leaving a light nut, sweet, and roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was a bit more on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. This created a very smooth feel on the tongue which was wonderful for the roasted, chocolate, and light nut flavors of the brew.
Overall – A rather tasty and moderately sweet brown ale with a smooth feel and a good drinkability. Quite a nice one to try if you get a chance.
hayduke (3423) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was courtesy of a trade with jandd1983 of Florissant, Missouri,. Thanks Doran. This beer poured a rich brown color and raised a nice off-white head. The nose was caramel malts and light touch of chocolate malts. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. The flavor was big in malts and there are some floral hops. Finish is malty, Quite decent. .
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. I’m still a bit confused, in a good way, how this beer was put together. It was like a brown ale meets a chocolate shake. What I’ll remember most is the incredible creamy head and the decadent cocoa in the flavor. Its pretty crazy how much chocolate is in there.
GTAEgeek (1258) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Joe. Pours brown, with a small, tan head. The aroma is coffee, black bread, and anise. Sweet, with a sharp, burnt bitterness. Medium to heavy body, chalky, and fairly thick. This is a fair brown ale, with too much toasted malt flavors.
Tonkun (903) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cola pour with a big mocha head. Pencil lead, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, cola. Good carbonation. Slight sweetness and bitterness. well balanced. Medium body.