Theydon_Bois (17251) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Opa Opa, Southampton, 20/05/13.
Clear copper/chestnut brown with a thin beige head.
Nose is malt, light fruit, touch vegetal.
Taste comprises dark malts, toffee, brown sugars.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light bitterness in the finish.
Average fayre, on the bland side, akin to an English bitter from a start up brew pub.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a light brown head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-toffee, slight sharpness. Taste is dark malt-toffee/chocolate, nutty, dark fruit, faint hops. OK effervescence.
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, one of their better ones in that it was good for its style. All-malt, and that’s in the aroma. Lots of lace with a white/mocha head, and creamy.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This politely fruity and nutty Brown Ale satisfies with its healthy body and quenching potential, but its cleanliness and servility will not make it memorable to me.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy reddish brown.
-Low hopping in the finish barely offers supporting bitterness.
-The maltiness is not nutty enough for my tastes in the style.
-Earthy toastiness is contributed by the malts as well.
On tap at the brewpub.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growlered sample purchased at Table and Vine in Northampton. Pours a deep reddish brown with a generous, powdery, retained head. Smells of biscuits, nutty malt, light peppery hops and some doughy yeast. Tastes peppery with some nice spicy elements. As the beer warms, some subtle cocoa and more of those nice peppery hops pop up. A well represented sample of a misunderstood style. Their session ales seem to be a step ahead of most other brewpubs.
DiarmaidBHK (4244) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Not much on the nose. A bit of malt sweetness on the tongue. Has a bit of nuttiness on the finish. Eh! For style.
dnstone (2708) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice roasty aroma. Amber-brown with off white head. Sweet, full bodied. A really nice brown ale.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at the brewpub, pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is thin coffee. Flavor is roasted malts, light chocolate and brown sugar.
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Opa-Opa. This one pours a dark brow, yet is still clear and can be seen through. There was a small tan head that left minimal lacing. It has a lighter aroma. Some nuttiness, a hint of smoke, roasted malt and caramel. The taste is good and very similar. Nutty with just a hint of roastiness. There is a nice balance of malts and hops: the taste is almost neutral on sweet/bitter. Very easy drinking.
BroSpud (2069) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Southampton restaurant. Tasted as part of a sampler. Found this to be somewhat mediocre compared to the others. OK for the style but not all that memorable.