Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
First off, I most likely had a bad/old bottle. The label was just "Brown Ale" not the current "Ka-Bar Brown Ale" designator. Thus the slight sourness was likely abnormal.
Malty aromas with notes of dark bread, brown sugar, and a touch of smoke. Deep, deep brown (bordering on black) with no head. Some of the malt characteristics, with a slight sourness akin to a Flander’s Brown ale. Medium to medium light in body with a slightly tart finish.
hman43 (409) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It was brown in color with lacing. It’s aroma was not that strong. It has a strong roasted taste. The roasted after taste was abnormally strong.
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To style, this is a textbook example of a brown. Fantastically balanced and easy drinking but packed with flavor. Brown sugar, light chocolate and laid back hop profile deliver a beer that would be great alongside a pub grub. Substantial enough for hearty beer dishes but light enough for delicate fish dishes. Damn good. I look forward to trying more from this brewery. Pours a clear dark auburn with a small ring of beige head.
LuckyDog (364) - - OCT 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth and roasted. Very drinkable. A little malty. Good lacing. No hop bite.
Panzuriel (1359) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ka bar brown ale is a hazy red brown liquid with a small head of off white bubbles. nose is a faint hint of caramalized sugar. Taste is a mild amount of hop with a nice roasted malt presence. Body is just slightly silky. finish is good roasted malt bitters. a nice brown ale.
niftyplace (23) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
By far one of the best domestic brown ales. Nice roasted pecan/almond/peanut kind of thing going on here, though subtle. Lovely clear caramel color with traces of caramel sweetness, but again, surprisingly subtle. Let it grow on you. Worth repeating.
Iphonephan (3637) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Pangea Tavern in Avon NC. Pours a clear cola brown with an ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of chocolate. Smooth slightly sweet finish.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ka-Bar is a good brown ale. Poured with a minimal head, but it soon laced on the edge. Malty aroma, not too strong. Color was a ruby-brown, very nice. Taste was malty and nutty, with a great aftertaste. Very soft and mild in the mouth. I will be drinking a lot more of these!
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Shared by Whitney and a rep for the brewery. Nose is light sour malt, lightly nutty, brown sugar, semisweet cocoa. Flavor is similar. Lightly bittersweet finish.
eRock_2013 (275) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice brown ale, roasty and malty. Not much hop presence that I distinguished, but that's not a negative point. The aroma was actually the highlight for me, strong and flavorful. Appearance was very dark brown, not much head but good lacing. A bit too light-bodied, but still enjoyable. Seems like it may be a good food-pairing beer.
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emacgee (4145) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber brown with a murky quality and ruby tint. One or two fingers of light tan head. Nose shows a nice round malt sweetness and subtle earthy, toasty, and grainy notes. Flavor has a touch of minerality and acidity to it. Malt character is a touch dusty with notes of cacao. Light acidity/carbonation.