vtafro (2280) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Amber brown pour with tan head. Light sweet fruit like malt, mild spices aroma. Rye, fruit, herbal, earthy and spice like flavors.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tastes a little like the standard but has a bigger bite and more emphasis on the malt built. its quite smooth and has a lot of flavor.
CanIHave4Beers (2865) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Wow! Rated that highly huh?
The beer pours a reddish amber color, not anything I would call "blood red" but close enough for beer. The head is medium sized, and seems to be fairly well retained.... i.e. itís keeping fairly tight, not shrinking, not fizzing out like sodapop.
Wow, call me nuts but the first whiff of this was wonderful... nutty & chocolaty, sweet smelling but not sugary smelling. A bit of husky grain. Man oh man, I canít think of much I donít like about the aroma here, it could be more pungent or more pronounced, but this is perfectly nice smelling beer here.
The flavor has much of the same nutty and chocolaty aspects that the aroma has, but in the flavor they are more subdued, more muted, less intriguing. This has sort of a snappy raw graininess to it thatís not great, but isnít quite offensive either. The bitterness level is pleasant, the flavor drops off fairly quickly, but this seems to have the makings of a very nice beer. After about half the bottle though it becomes tiring, the couple good notes loose their thrill, and it doesnít seem like Iíd really like to drink another bottle of this.
Itís funny to me how the Newcastle folks just sort of keep trying to brew all these variants across different styles, and they always come back as some weird riff on a brown ale thatís inexplicably more pleasant than the standard Newcastle Brown.
HogTownHarry (5975) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
September 30, 2011 with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel. Clear oily-looking copper pour with a small off-white fizzy head. Diacetyl and dry flowers/straw in the aroma, weak alcohol, taste is a weird grape juice and floral bitterness over light grain thing, still not much alcohol. Slick and sticky with mild carbonation and a somewhat harsh aftertaste ... meh.
Barreras (819) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear brown color with aroma of clean malt. A mild malt flavor with a slight bitterness. Overall a decent flavor with a slight sweet note.
emichaelis23 (8) - Geneva, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2012 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I hope I can get my household guests to drink this one or else it may sit in the fridge until I get desperate.
demitriustown (1027) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating: 12 oz bottle: Aroma is nice caramel malt scent, roasty and toasty, and a very slight malt characteristic. Appearance is a clear amber with a tan to off white head that diminishes slowly. Taste is lighter than I thought, then a maltiness gets in there. A slightly astringent aftertaste with a lingering maltiness. Overall, Not get but a nice malty beer. Cheers!
joebudzjoe (663) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 9, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ Brass City Brew Fest. Pours a ruby-amber color with a slight off-white head. Mostly malt flavored, this beer is flatly flavored and dull. Mediumly bodied and easy to drink. Pass.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with an off white head. Toasted malts, light floral hops, and just a hint of chocolate. Not bad.
jmohno (994) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reddish copper,clear short head,a bit more carbonation than usual,some lacing
Aroma is malt light carmel,somewhat nutty with very slight sweet fruit.
First off the idea of this beer sounded good,then after pouring it I knew it was going to have the same newcastle taste. I was right and almost could just predict the flavor.This kind of remindes me of a leinekugals nut brown.There is a diety cola clovish taste to this and that note is pretty big overall otherwise its light smooth with slight nut,carmel,with a little sweetness and a crappy clovish bitter.Terrible finish,kind of harsh and repulsive. Im glad I only grabbed one for a mixed sixer,because I kinda wouldnt care if I ever had it again.