jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a dissipating tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/some licorice. Taste is dark malt-coffee/chocolate/some licorice, faint hops. OK carbonation.
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!). Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, and toasted malts. Tastes of nuts toasted malts, chocolate and light caramel. Has a light coffee finish. Thinner and somewhat lively body. I enjoyed this one for a Brown Ale.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, flowers. Taste id light cocoa, tarte fruit, coffee and a few peppery notes. Very tasty.
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12-oz. Many thanks, 46er3498! Tom has a tough SN to remember but he’s a great trader. Pours ultra-mahogany with a thick layer of very light tan suds that falls to a frosting of mousse. Some lace. Smells like the dear old familiar sweet dark malts. Some chocolate and nougat in there, too. Mild attack; fairly light body, Low carb. A little spritz of hop there at the end. Fairly neutral throughout. Well made beer; sturdy little brown.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild chocolate, nuts and a light huskiness to the aroma. Clear brown body is topped by a shy white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Toasted and nutty malts along with some mild bittersweet chocolate in the flavour with again a little huskiness that is somewhat offputting. Lasting sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium light body is somewhat watery and astringent in texture with initially fizzy carbonation that does not last very well. Bottle sampled at the MontreAlers meeting, March 2006.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 bottle. Awesome pour, tons of creamy off-white head, small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, dark and nearly opaque before it settles with burgundy and violet tinges around the edges.
Aroma is light but I do detect some english-style yeast, dry nuttiness and a bit of brown sugar. Did they use maris otter in this? Could be. The flavor is quite subtle, lightly sweet, very dry and yeasty, approaching astringent. As it warms fully, the flavor is a bit stronger with a touch more creaminess in the medium body. A bit too much carbonation towards the end that never seemed to let up. Very low hops apparency, which I liked.
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a very thin and quickly fading white head. Roasted malt and coffee aroma mixing with some very light vegetable notes. Very smoky. Flavor begins well; a lightly roasted and rather nutty taste, but then quickly fades to a sort of club soda taste in the middle. Some flavor comes back at the end, mainly some apple skins, peanut shells, and stale malts. Finishes clean and rather watery.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) I think these guys do a great job. Seemingly every beer I try from them is above average for the style, and here’s another tasty one I’m thoroughly enjoying. Semi-sweet chocolate dominates the flavor profile, with moderate amounts of nuts, toast, roast, earth, and the finish shows some smokiness. Unfortunately, the nose is a bit off. Not sure what it is I’m smelling. It smells chocolaty and nutty I guess, but even moreso I’m getting grain and earth and something with a sour aroma. Medium body seems about right to me, though I wouldn’t complain if it had a more substantial mouthfeel. Dark brown colored body is topped by an inch of light tan head that settles to a ring, leaving large patches of spiderweb lacing on the glass. I guess this is about an average nut brown ale actually, mostly because some flaws detract from the overall pleasantness of the beer. I still like this brewery though.
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose Chocolate, carmel, sugar, with a yeasty sourdough thing hanging around in the background. Clean reddish brown color with a small head that faded. Bitter roasty flavors, Chocolate and peanuts, little seltzer. Thin body, oily creamy mouthfeel, Roasty bitter finish, Easy drinking traditional nut brown. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad either.
Ron (2493) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours light brown with a bubbly head. Fades slowly and leaves an even lace. Medium carbonation. Aroma has a hint of nuttiness. Flavor is a good mix of malts and hops and there is some lingering hops with a slightly bitter ending.