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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
We brewed this American brown ale to achieve a dry, sweet maltiness with very little hop presence. Generous amounts of chocolate and caramel malts contribute to this brew’s deep chestnut color and a well-balanced flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 17, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Full bodied and smooth. Suprisingly bitter. Nice rich malt with a bit of smoke on the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Has a somewhat smokey, leafy nose to it. Otherwise the mouthfell is smooth with a little tingling bitterness is the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2492) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2001
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.

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