WVHouseofBeer (917) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a vibrant reddish-brown color with a slight tan head that left a little bit of lacing. Aromas of biscuit and roasted nuts. Good, rich flavors of caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts and tiny bit of citrus. Finish is crisp though a bit thin, but besides that it is a solid example of the style.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Samuel Adams Brown Ale--Brewmaster’s Collection--Mixed Pack Sampler. 2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV--20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Brown Ale. Rich lacy off white head. Clear bright amber red brown hint color. Mellow chocolate nut mild hop front. Mellow toasted biscuit caramel doughy mild sweet light chocolate hot body. Sampled 9/10/2008.
Sammer (1076) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz brown pour from bottle. I like this one. Equal parts caramel, nuts and hops, it holds its own against other well known, yet higher rated browns. Very drinkable, one I would buy again. Another solid offering from Samuel Adams.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of toasted malts with a touch of nuttiness. Pours dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is standard toasted malts and biscuit. Palate is sticky.
jovy1097 (14) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint.
Appearance: Brown and clear with a small, 1 cm head that diminishes to a film very quickly. Leaves cream on the sides of the glass as you drink.
Smell: Bread, caramel, dates, and butter. Not very strong.
Taste: Extremely malty and almost no hop flavor. Mild in flavor, but you can definitely taste the caramel and butter. Maybe even a hint of vanilla and dates. I think it’s delectable.
Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation. Slick and smooth with a texture that sticks to the mouth. Almost thick.
Drinkability: Very mild and nice - one that I’ll be coming back to. A perfect quaff for a mild spring or fall day. Sweeter than normal, but not cloying at all. You still want more after you finish.
Comments: Call me boring, but I love brown ales. They are never out of season and they go with anything. This one is a perfect match for the style. Such a mild-mannered and comfortable beer. This is the "girl next door" of brews.
I recently also had an Abita Turbodog, which is also classified as an English Brown Ale. It was atrocious! The offering by Sam Adams is much more like it.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep mahogany. Small white head, the lacing sticks to the glass okay. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee. Flavor is light caramel, malts, nuts. light sweetness. Medium body, fizzy, quickk slightly bitter finish. Really nothing special.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark bronze with thin, creamy, light-tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with ripe fruit notes. Semi-sweet with bready, caramelized malts as well as toasted nuts. Fruit flavor isn’t as dominant as the aroma would suggest. Clean finish, easy drinking.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one is okay, but I just do not like it that much. I buy it when I want a Brown Ale and the place is out of New Castle Brown Ale. I wish they’d sell their seasonal Old Fezziwig Ale year round instead of this and put this one in the seasonal sampler.
SanfordBrewer (1392) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(br-btl or/br-lbl, mix pack, 5.35%, 10˘/oz)
lct-cpr, creamy-tan-head, ^co2, med-body, patchy-lace.
aroma: §sweet-malt bready fresh-earthy-piney-hop.
flavor: §bready §earthy-hop T1, §mnrl piney-flrl-hop T2, nutty-pale-malt hop-leaf short T3Tf.
simple, crisp for style, T2T3 very similar to the boston ale.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a half-bad example of a brown ale. I was somewhat surprised, but as the macro-that-pretends-to-be-a-micro, Boston Brewery generally does a pretty good job. Dark brown with a small off-white head that dissipates to nothing fairly quickly. Very nice nose with notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Coffee and caramel flavor with some grass and citrus notes. Tingly, carbonated mouth feel. Coffee-bitter finish with some notes of sourness.