tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample bottle from my distributor. Lightly roasted malt and a hint of grassy hops on the nose. Pours dark brown with a nice white head. Very malt-front flavor profile. Slighty nutty, grainy and some toast. Lightly hoppy finish. Medium bodied.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
350 ml bottle from Bevmo. If I had looked at the label, i probably wouldn’t have bought this one. Who wants to see goofy white people on their beer label? That said, the beer is actually better than the ratings show. Medium brown color with a fizzy white head. Faint aroma that just smells mildly sweet. Molasses taste with a decent bitterness balancing it and a walnut taste in the finish. Decent.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
17-Jun-07 (12 oz bottle, Best Enjoyed Before July, 2007: Purchased 15-Jun-07 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) A big hit at a "New Beers" tasting I ran recently at BevMo La Jolla, this tasty nut brown ale pours a frothy, creamy, mountain of light-tan head capping the ruddy, dark-amber body. At two inches in height, the head leaves behind a dense blanket of lace as it takes several minutes to recede, giving me ample time to gaze upon the beer’s lovely appearance in my globe glass. Compelling aromas of buttered toast, sweet milk chocolate, yeast, light hops, charred firewood, and a gentle sourness introduce the beer nicely. Pleasant attack of moderately sweet chocolate and slightly sour nuts is immediately evident on the first sip, but quickly gives ground in the evolution where the expected toastiness tips a bit more toward almost-burned toast, giving the beer more of a moderately bitter roasty character than the nose suggests, with citrusy hop bitterness and roast leading the beer to conclusion. Body and carbonation are medium, and despite the sweet chocolate, the persistent roastiness and hop bitterness on the palate maintain balanced drinkability. Overall, this is a pretty decent brown ale that balances the sweet, tart and bitter qualities, and is organic to boot, without being plagued by a woodiness that often accompanies such endeavors. That said, the beer would probably be more enjoyable if the chocolate was more the focal point into the finish.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown color with medium offwhite head. Aroma a bit earthy hops and nut, sweet malt. Flavor reflects this. A bit watery, some slight nut undertone and definite earthy hop finish. Overall, decent enough.
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Dark brown pour with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, walnut, almond, brown sugar, toffee. Tastes scotch malty, with toffee, brown sugar, and a becy of nut meats. Very fresh tasting, and stays rather dry throughout, with the nutty flavors staying prominent throughout.
mjg74 (2887) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo. Medium brown on the pour. Overly carbonated head. Somewhat metallic watery artificial chocolate aromas. Overly carbonated feel. Decent chocolate flavors. Average brown.
Radek Kliber (6710) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance :Pours clear ruby brown with thick beige cap.3+ top.
Nose :Fresh scent of aromatic alpha hops mixed with blend of brown malts. Chocolate in character.
Flavour/Palate : Slightly dry up front with bitter west coast hops. Brown malts seemed subdued by them. With time smoother cream chocolate shown. Missing typical to this style nutty flavors . Decent.
kramer (5428) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light brown body under a foamy two finger beige head that left some intricate lacing. The nose is not very Brown Ale like, it almost has a Gueuze like quality. Sugary, musty, with some fruity malt. The taste is very earthy with dry husky malt and maybe a slight hint of infection. Minimal nutty flavor and a very light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with foaming active fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was just too thin and really had some odd flavors and aromas going on. Another organic loser.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Red-brown with big, foamy tan head / Minimal, faint malt nose / Medium, weak body, with no finish / Simple, thin but pleasant flavors of roast malt and nuts / Pedestrian.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@VT Beerfest–on tap-pours a thin white head and copper color. Aroma is mild medium malt. Taste is medium malt-chocolate, flat (English) hops.