notalush (4173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Re-rate - much like the ipa, this has significantly improved in later batches - originally a 2.9 - the diacetyl is now completely gone - the maple, light smoke, chcoclate and other qualities are now free to be enjoyed without distractions - much better! -Tap at OMF - hazy dark amber - soapy lace - nose is toffee, chocolate, mild grain husk, maple, a touch of buttery character - soft carbonation - actually feels pretty nice and creamy in the mouth - flavor is maple, toffee, light chocolate, light leafy bitterness - slightly astringent in the finish - mild diacetyl - not great, but not nearly as bad as Aaron thinks it is.
Ratman197 (7618) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Our Mutual Friend poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, toasted malt and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, earthiness and light carmel with a smooth lingering earthy finish.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Our Mutual Friend. Pours clear black with a small fizzy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee, dates and figs with roast malt. Flavor is malt dominant with heavy coffee notes, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
3fourths (6948) - Stra▀giech, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
fairly pleasant nose of typical smells of brown malt (chocolate, toast, light coffee) with a nicely rustic dusting of cocoa powder. very expressive nose with a lot of life, as opposed to the overly-yeasty and muddled saison. medium body, lightly grainy approach with some carbonation fizz before a more soft-textured back end and finish. expressive oat and beefy wheat flavors are in play with a hot cocoa and light char dark malt quality. seems fresh. not overly clean, but not dirty or off-smelling or tasting at all. shows promise that they can do a world classic style in such a way.
arminjewell (4160) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of butter, caramel, hints of slight nuts, earth, some hints of rotten veggies as well. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, butter, some nasty veggies, finishing bitter, and dry. Something was off.
Steve_0 (1261) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Pour is hazy brown/amber with a small khaki head. Roasty, earthy hops, grass, light vanilla, toffee, somewhat dirty aroma. Taste is roasty, toffee, brown sugar, light grassy/earthy hops, and espresso with a light bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Not a bad brown, however, nothing to get excited about. Definitely their best offering, currently.
adnielsen (6187) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 Tap @ Old Mutual Friend. Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Buttery, nutty, toasty aroma. Cleanser, potpourri, nutty, bitter veggie flavor. Not good.
onceblind (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky funky lookin chocolate/gold, with a thin white head. The nose has some milk-chocolate and some lightly herbal hoppy bitter tones. The hops come through stronger on the flavor though, getting up front with some leafy and herbal bitterness and flavors. But the middle through the finish is full of chocolatiness and a little toffee. Pretty nice.