Darkmagus82 (1827) - - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a light brown/deep amber color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweeter caramel smell mixed with some toffee and brown sugar smells. With these aromas are some lightly toasted malt smells and a bit of a nutty aroma. A hint of an earthy smell is there as well creating a rather pleasant smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with toasted bready flavor mixed with a caramel and toffee sweetness. Upfront the taste is very smooth due to the moderate toastiness and sweet flavors. As the taste advances however, it bitters some, even though the sweetness remains constant, and even gets some notes of a light dark fruit (cherry and plum) more toward the middle of the taste. This increase in bitterness comes from a mix of added toast, as well as an arrival of a nuttiness and some earthy and herbal tastes. The resulting mix of flavors that is left at the end of the taste, ends up leaving a toasty and lightly bittered brown ale flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average for a brown ale, but a bit thicker for its 4.8 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the style, the slightly thicker body was actually very nice for the toasted and slightly nutty and herbal tastes of the brew.
Overall – A pretty decent brown overall with a nice blend of toasted and bittered flavors that has enough sweetness to balance it all out.
DMLINAZ (303) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the winter variety pack. Mild, not unpleasant, easy to drink brown ale. Not bad, but a little thin. Some toffee, malt, typical brown ale flavors.
maxwelldeux (3802) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a mix pack. Pours a very clear brown color with a moderate light brown head on there. Nose is heavily laden with toffee, and just a hint of roasting underneath. Taste is pretty light, slightly bitter with a bit of a bite, and has a bit more roasting coming through. Easy pleasant drink.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pyramid Ales--Best Brown Ale 1997-8 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.75 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Best of the Browns. Light rich clear red brown color. Hop fruit nose. Estery diacytyl butterfruit body. Nice finish. Sampled 12/30/1998.
Pyramid Ales--Best Brown Ale--Bright Brown 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.75 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Light clear brown color. Hop fruit nose. Light butter fruit flavored body with hints of chocolate. Hoppy tinge to finish. Very Good! 11/24/1998.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Toasted malts with a hint of hopps. Clean finish. A bit on the thin side, but not a bad brown.
Panzuriel (1359) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown ale with good color and head. Beer has a very nice toasted nose with good full malt. Full flavor of malt with a nice toffee thing going on. A very good beer.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I actually found a crude rating note of this beer the other day...I rated it before seriously getting into beer in the summer of '01 when in seattle. A somewhat average brown, but pretty good.
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had cask at brewery.Not bad flavor but a bit thin..could be the cask effect
beerguy101 (5288) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown color, small head. Toasted malts, mildly hopped, toffee-like taste. Finish is clean and light and somewhat dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a toffee like maltyness.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this one. Just a little more malt and body would make it a classic.