JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut-brown, but clear ale; tan head. Bit soapy nose, lots of melanoidins suggested. Smells malty, if thinnish, but some C-hops in evidence. Bit dullish chocolatey flavour; (autumn) leaves too, but soon gone; straw. Very sticky, gristslick. If a bit dullish at first, it might well grow on you.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear brown with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is clean, sweet malt, soft hops, minimal chocolate, and perhaps a small bit of roast although it is very subtle and hard to pick out. Taste is dominated by sweet malt up front (but not too sweet) followed by light caramel, soft chocolate cocoa and a small amount of hop bitterness into the finish. Well-made and perfectly enjoyable brown ale.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #489. 22oz bomber. First pour is filtered with a bronze highlight to the brown hue. Finger width of dense cream colored head. Aromas of bright citrus hops and sugary, maple malts. The body is on the fuller side of medium. A crisp tingling effervescence and a smooth fresh malt character. Nice brownie and toasty malts with a subtle nutty and earthy flavor. The malt palate is both sweet and tangy with, when mingled with the carbonation, a slight citrus candy note. The hops are there in the palate, and while they definitely add a deeper degree of depth to the palate, they are still well blended and add to the overall balance. Slightly sticky in the finish, but the syrupy sweetness lingers as long as the astringent effervescence and the tangy, bitter hops. This does seem nice and fresh, which is paramount for a brown ale personally. Well done and well crafted!
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear ruby-amber color with a sticky beige head. Aroma of toasted caramel malts, brown sugar, toast, pecans, and earth. Flavor of toasted caramel malts, grains, wood, earth, and hazelnut. Light-medium bodied, with a toasty, earthy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Solid brown ale.
hamilton23 (578) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Amber with a good amount of beige head.
S: Some bread, toasted malts, maybe just a bit of caramel or toffee.
T: Nutty, slightly sweet with a fair amount of hop bitterness in the back. This presents a really nice balance.
M: good carbonation, a slightly dry finish.
O: This is one of the better hoppy browns that I have had. I liked it better than Bender and other similar in this style.
presario (4417) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample tray. Dark copper. Light malt scent. Strong malty flavour. Not thick but forceful.
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Clear brown/tan with thin milky head. lovely aroma of dark malts, raisins and hints of chocolate. Relatively rich mouthfeel, again dark fruits, hints of cocoa and brown sugar. Not bulky but enough body and texture to give it interest.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is rather lile, hoppy on a malt base. Medium body, caramel and rye bread notes. Malty finish.
Svesse (5660) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 9 Oct 2010) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, slightly roasted taste with notes of dark rye bread, coffee and hints of ashes. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, dark bread, dried fruit and a generous spicy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Some malt sweetness. Well balanced and very tasty beer. Nice one.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 oz sample at the GABF. Roasted, carmel, slight smokey smokey aroma. Clean deep brownish-amber color. Roasted carmel bread flavor, slightly creamy. Slighlty bitter, earthy. Slighlty thin,medium body, medium carbonation.