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A dark brown ale deriving maltiness from two types of American crystal malts, yet not overly heavy in body. Rounded with a nutty flavor from chocolate malt and a hint of black patent malt. Finished with aromatics from Czech Saaz hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Opaque with a big tan head. Highly nutty and lightly bittered. Creamy consistency. Lightly coffee’d. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Definitely one of Nimbus’s best brews. Heavy enough for your typical dark beer drinker, but light (not in color) enough for someone new to the scene. Nice hints of nuts and chocolate. Nice color and head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Bottle: dark brown to opaque in appearance.Sweet followed by roasted subdued bitterness. Brown Ale? A bit more of a Porter if you ask me. Drinkable nontheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 12 oz bottle. Pours brick red/brown with a fluffy tan dimpled head. Aroma is sweet and malty. I truly do not see any bubbles rising from the beer. Flavor is nutty malt and a great balance of slight sweetness and bitterness that seem to void each other out into perfect equilibrium. Light/Medium body. Very tasty. Re-Rate from 4.2 to 3.5.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aleman2004 (8) - Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2004 does not count
Smooth brew with roasty/nutty flavor, true to its' name. Nice finish. A excellent beer of it's style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Deep dark color. Quite pleasant on the nose, rich brown ale aroma. Chocolates and malts float on the palate. Smooth fairly full-bodied, very quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
The words "Brown Ale" are written so small on the label, at first I couldn't tell what style of beer this was. As I poured it, it came out almost still, like a barleywine. Murky and black, I figured it must be called Old Nimbus Barleywine or at the very least it was some sort of doppelbock - perhaps the Nimbonator. But upon tasting this Brown Ale, first impressions are stripped away due to the beer's schwarzbier thickness. Chocolate and coffee predominate, and it's about as roasty as as most light porters. I'd say more carbonation is needed for it to look more like a beer and less like a glass of flat Coke. Overall, this is an enjoyable non-bitter brown ale/light porter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Although brown in color, this could have been anything. In my humble opinion, the beer was boring. Quite malty, no head to speak of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Had a strange sour initial aroma but that quickly disappeared and everything was great. Cocoa malted taste, nice texture. A little tenative, could use a little better balance, but I want to get some more of this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 This beer smells like a roasty porter. It is dark brown in color, with notes of deep red when it is held up to the light, quite clear as well. It is topped by a cream to tan head. This beer tastes very malty up front (roasted malt flavors), and finishes with a bit of harsh roast malt graininess / astringency. I’ve always felt that this nut brown was a bit out of balance, perhaps it would be a bit better as a light porter. This is a light bodied example, though it does have a solid malt mouth feel to it. No real detectable hop presence, which is fine. If you like your brown ales with a fairly strong roast character then this is the beer for you.

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