Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.5 grains whatever they may be. 37 IBU. Malty aroma with a good head, hoppy taste. Good balance of hop and malt, lending it very good drinkability. Wonderful spider lace from he white head. Creamy palate.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Large draught sample at the brewpub, June 26 2007. Lots of thick lacing and a nice lasting off-white covering topping the translucent maple body....quite hoppy, resinous aroma with just a hint of roasted/baked nuts....very dry, malts are too subdued, thin and bitter -- somewhat rancid nutty character....carbonation a bit too strong; very ordinary.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma: Medium sweet maltiness with notes of caramel, toasted walnuts, and light breadiness. Surprisingly high level of hop aroma leaning towards the earthy and resiny. Appearance: Dark reddish brown in color and clear. Light khaki head was full and frothy with good retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Slightly sweet bready maltiness with a caramel, molasses, and toasted nuts. Hops come on strong with pine, resin, and earthy notes shining through. Surprisingly bitter. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Wasn’t expecting the hop levels in this one. Reminded me a bit of Surly Bender (that’s a good thing). Nice one.
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The claim: "very little hop presence"
The facts: Quit a bit of hop presence. Too much really, for a brown ale (at least I think and I think what I think might matter here, being that I’m the one reviewing this). That’s not to say it wasn’t good, but the American hops reoriented my focus to a place where I found myself stuck. Went awfully well with my burger and fries, though.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewpub: Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Aroma, caramel, some molasses, and some earthy hops. Flavor, soft thick mouthfeel, hoppy and nutty, some earthy bitterness. Good stuff.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full bodied and smooth. Suprisingly bitter. Nice rich malt with a bit of smoke on the finish. Very nice.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a somewhat smokey, leafy nose to it. Otherwise the mouthfell is smooth with a little tingling bitterness is the end.
joet (2219) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is this nitro foam? Smooth creamy with an oddly complex bitter with floral components. Well balanced with a soft, bodydelicious, bite. Matt Cole, the head brewer, is creative and in my humble opinion the best brewer in Cleveland.