JK (5329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good brown. Light malt aroma, and a surprisingly full flavored roasted grain taste. Just a little nutty. About as good as a brown ale can get. brown color, of course.
Skyview (5352) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500 ml bottle, this was the second beer sampled at Cellar’s Nøgne Ø on Friday. Pours a dark brown with an off white thick head. Large bubbles in the head dissolves quickly to a fine film. Nice lacing. Aroma of roasted nuts, burnt caramel, some spiced citrus and white pine hops. Taste is a little smoother than its aroma with a touch of caramel and citrus. Finish is a little thin and bitter.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a thin off-white head. Basic roasted malt aroma. Sweet malt flavor, with nuts, bittersweet chocolate, and cocoa powder. mild hops in the finish. smooth and tasty.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Decent but that’s about it...Pours the color of dark iced tea with almost two fingers of biege head. Aroma is lightly sweet, caramel perhaps and a roastier quality as head recedes. Mouthfeel a touch on the thin side, perhaps not much more so than most brown ales. Fairly smooth but slightly pebbly. Plenty of sheets and rings of lacing. Flavor is a little wooden but a lingering sweet nuttiness along with some roast and even a hint of smokiness kind of redeems it. A hint of two of Band-Aid also noted. Has maybe a bit of a light sour quality too which is different for this style. A few interesting things here but in the end kind of a letdown for my first beer from this brewery.
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep ruby, almost brown, with a good size mostly-lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, nuts, some chocolate, spices and hops -- this is a damn fine smelling Brown Ale! Flavour of dark toasty malt, chocolate, nuts and herbal hops with a light bitter finish. Nice body, medium at least. Very good, this is one of the best Brown Ales I’ve ever had.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Deep, dark orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Sweet, chocolaty aroma with toasted barley and nutty notes. Sweet, malty flavor balanced nicely by a snappy hop bitterness; moderately sweet and moderately bitter; buttery milk chocolate and toffee with a sprinkle of ground cashews. Medium-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter, dry finish.
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a full brown color, thin tan head, but excellent retention due to significant carbonation (the opposite end of the brown ale spectrum as New Castle!). The aroma was coffee, roasty malts, some ash, caramel, and molasses. The flavor followed the aroma fairly closely, though finishing with a mintiness. The mouthfeel was full, a touch on the sticky side for a brown. A pretty nice shot at the style, except for a slight chemical (more of a plastic than an oxidized or metal note) type flavor in the aftertaste or something.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9oz, no date. Pours a clear dark amber brown with a one finger beige head that fades to a thin film rather quickly. Aroma has some roasted and toasted malts, light burnt plastic, and not really anything else. Flavor had a bit of earth in addition to all the aromas. The roasted malts took the forefront though. There was a bit of caramel malt sweetness, though not much. The finish was kinda woody and dry roasted malts. Low carbonation with a medium body. Burps burnt plastic. This was not a fantastic beer.
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky brown with a fluffy (yet small) tan head that holds as a thin film. Aromas of medicinal herbs, roasty malt & ash, tart yeast, light alcohol, light florals and a touch of wood. Soft in the mouth finishing dry. Alot of diversity in the flavor. Herbal hops, roasted malt, a slight hint of sweetness but hops push forward... mildly medicinal but quite enjoyable.
<font size=-4>"Pint" bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, IL 60618</font>
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy brown color, hints of red with a thin, tan head. Strong aroma that is intensely earthy with caramel balancing and a nice overlay of milk chocolate...sounds nice does’nt it. Unfortunately as it warms it shows a lot of rubber band-like aromas that are akin to dead yeast cells similar to what is found in the aroma of Greene Kings beer these days. Flavor is not as good as the aroma. There is a distractijng winyness that undoes the palate. The aroma components are there but are overshadowed by the wine-like character and the thin, almost unsubstancial body. This is light, spicy, and quite flavorful for a beer of just over 4% ABV but the rubber-like, dead yeast cell really gains prominence as it warms. This probably should not have been shipped to the US. It is too small of a beer to make the trip. Overall points are high for what it could be.