StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Translucent amber brown with a wispy grey head. Roasted chocolate malts in the aroma are drawn out, along with charcoal and caramel. Absolutely no smell that hints toward bitterness. Flavor is deflated. Some toasty hazelnuts and light, sugar free cocoa powder. Some astringency that spreads from the tongue’s center. Semi-sweet chocolate chip finish.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt. This is quite a malty brown ale with very little sweetness. Quite refreshing. Light body
jsquire (3727) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of the sampler at the College Park pub. Clear mahagony color with a thin beige head. Nose of roasted coffee and some chocolate. Flavors of dusty chocolate, toasted grains, toffee, burnt toast and some nuttiness.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly dark with a creamy tan head. Sweet nutty aroma. Some roasted character comes through that was not initially present. Same roasted malts in the flavor with the addition of some faint chocolate.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a growler shared by Mamabeer. Poured a rich, dark chestnut with a foamy beige head that left nice lacing behind. Roasted nuts, chocolate malts, slight coffee notes. Medium body with a smooth feel. Sweet flavor at the start and then an ever so slight bitterness in the end.
Tmoney99 (11828) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler at Indy. Clear dark brown color with an average off-white head that diminished slowly and had fair lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Medium sweet toasted flavor with a small bitter finish of average duration.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Brickway Brown
Source: Brewpub, Indianapolis
clear dark brown, wispy beige head,
toasted and chocolate aroma,
rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness yeilds a milk chocolate character, lots of nutty character, low bitterness keeps the balance but let’s the malt be the star of the show,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
More or less a Newcastle. Pretty nice brown. Nice notes of carmel and nuts. Slightly watery, but would be a nice gateway to craftbeer.
Aurelius (4638) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, light roast, light cocoa, medium aroma. Dark, slightly cloudy brown, thin head. Exceptionally well-balanced. Well-bittered, but not overbearing. Woody, herbal notes. Lingering bitter finish. Kudos to the brewmaster.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I noticed their beer menu said this was brewed in "the brown porter" style. Another confused brew from Rock Bottom? Perhaps they figured porters wouldn’t sell, but browns appeal to the BMC crowd when they come in? Anyway, this was clearly more a porter than a brown ale, in terms of its flavors. They weren’t very strong, and as a porter it was somewhat weak in flavor, but the common porter flavors were definitely present. Not bad.