penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. It has a nice nutty smell that mixes with the toasted malt. The taste is of the nuts upfront followed by an odd metallic and acidic flavor. I don’t know if the tap lines were dirty or what but there was a very odd finish to this brew. As this brew warmed, the odd skunky flavor increased and really drew my attention away from all of the nice things that were going on. This was definitely not the smooth nut brown that I would expect.
Ron (3280) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 2010 Autumn Festival of Ales. Poured a dark reddish brown. Thin off-white head. Smokey nuttiness in the aroma. Medium-bodied; Nutty flavor which fades to malt. Bitter aftertaste from the malt and nuts and hops.
cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap at The Old Toad. Smooth, roasty flavors. Color is a deep brown. Sweet, but not too thick. Overall a good session nut brown but lacking complexity.
KyotoLefty (8492) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black. Roast malt aroma, with caramel, chocolae, nuts, and something like liquorice and/or tabacco. Very interestng nose. Nutty caramel flavor with decent fruitiness. Rich palate. Quite nice.
AskForJenny (1054) - Ontario, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand derawn sample at Autumn Festival of Ales - French toast on front, hops on back. Novel, but I’m not sure when I’d want it. Breakfast, maybe.
blipp (7618) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and The Old Toad in Rochester. Poured dark ruby brown with a beige head. Aroma is almost all caramel. Medium body. Very interesting flavor. Sweet caramel, graham cracker, kettle corn, roasted chestnut, earthy, woody. Pretty original I thought, and very enjoyable.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby body with a white head. Butterscotch aroma, some light malts as well are evident. Thin body, somewhat watery. The taste isn’t bad but a bit bland for the style. Clean ending.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amazingly, almost zero aroma from the tap pour. Taste is hazelnut, wood chips, pretty buttery, slightly bitter and sour.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours chestnut brown with a one finger tan head. Aroma of sweet, smoked nuts and a mild hoppy spiciness. Flavor follows suit with smokey maltiness dominating, but a definite sprucey hops character is there, along with a mild earthy richness. Moderately thick mouth feel, smoothly carbonated.
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - 2004 Autumn Festival of Ales - Honeoye Falls, NY] Clear brown color with a very thin white head. Nutty and malty aroma with sweet and earthy notes. Creamy nut and malt flavor with a smooth finish.