superspak (2825) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating but should be fairly fresh. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, toffee, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light earth, and light citrus. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, roasted grain, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, toffee, herbal, grass, earth, and light citrus. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Awesome flavor robustness with great balance and complexity; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent brown ale! Nicely robust and balanced with nice complexity; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a thin white head. The nose is lightly spicy and toasted. Earthy UK hoppiness on the back. Well-balanced and earthy. Sort of brown ale meets bitter. Nice.
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear medium chestnut brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that did have decent retention, reducing to a thick film with a large collar and had good sheeting of runny lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted caramel malt, spruce and floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a touch of rye.
The taste was nice and malty with a hint of chocolate and caramel early on, and then progressed into a slightly bitter sweet taste with notes of coffee, brown sugar and a touch of molasses with a mild hoppy finish. The flavor lasted an average duration preceding the swallow with a mild malty-bitter taste left to linger for a while longer.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and slightly dry in texture with a mild carbonation.
Overall a bold and robust tasting Brown Ale with a nice light bitterness ant the end...
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Light toffee aroma with light roast. Light roasted malt flavor with light coffee. Medium bodied. Roasted malt and light caramel linger.
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear brown with a red tint, a large yellowish head, and great lacing.
smell is of citrus, hops, with floral notes.
taste is a little on the flat side, bitter, citrus, caramel, hoppy, and malt in the back. ends somewhat bland with bitterness and some citrus. doesnt really fit in the brown ale category.
IndianaRed (2589) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, purs a clear brown with a ice fluffy light tan head. Tanic aroma of some woody hops and light toasted malt. flavor is like a bitter brown ale. A bit sharp and biting and a light fairly dry feel. Clean and crisp, just a flavor profile I couldn’t get used to.
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate-covered pine needles? Hey whatever, it works. Taste seems to veer between sweet and bitter with every swig.
drpimento (2293) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good America Brown to me. Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that lasts for a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber brown. Aroma is very mild, malt, and roast. Flavor’s like nose, carbonic tang up front, followed quickly by bitter, then just as quick sweet with an overall hop malt nut sweet. Body is of the classic good standard. Finish is short, like flavor, and drinkable.
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark red with fair, creamy, tan head / Mild, sweet nose of brown sugar, chocolate, and bread / Medium body, sweet, filtered, and malty, bock-like, with mild hopping and good, somewhat bitter finish / Clean flavors of spun sugar, chocolate, nuts, and coffee / Much sweeter, malty, and filtered than a traditional brown ale, but good.
hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours clear, dark and dirty orange when held to light. Mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Great retention. The aroma is a happy, American-style marriage of caramel malt and light notes of chocolate, grapefruit and spicy hops. Medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor leans just a touch toward the bitter side of balance, offering moderate notes of caramel and milk chocolate intertwined with citrusy, spicy bitterness. Finishes crisp and lightly bitter.