tightslice (787) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is raisins, plums, some spicy / yeasty bits. Taste is prune juice, dark fruits...a bit tinny. Was expecting something more woody. Sorry old horse.
DavidAust (169) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
550ml bottle into a glass. Great aroma of toffee and raisins but didn’t get the nuts that was promised. Could easily be me. Dark reddish hue with an off white heading towards tan. Flavour was lighter than expected and middle of the road. Minimal sweetness and far less malty or nutty than expected. Plate was a bit weak and short. Expected better.
Alengrin (4159) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 Classic English brown ale so it’s about time to taste it... Thick, moussy, pale greyish beige head retaining quite well, over a clear deep reddish bronze coloured beer with burgundy hue, translucent. Aroma of caramel candy and butterscotch, damp cloth, wet paper, candied cherry, honey, hazelnut paste, dried tree leaves, ’haemoglobin’ iron, sugared English tea, lots of fig. Clean, sweetish onset of fig and dried banana countered with a dull elderberry sourishness, soft carbo, very smooth and slick body, very caramelly maltiness with nutty accents, a bit metallic, going from sweet to subtly bittersweet in the end, very juicy but with the bitterness further enhanced by a dash of earthy, leafy hops, lingering in the back of the mouth for a while. CAMRA has tried to distinguish between northern brown ale and southern brown ale and apparently this one belongs to the former category, like the famous Newcastle Brown; yet it seems to surpass its renowned congener in subtlety and balance. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get acquainted with English brown ale: this is a classic in many senses of the word. Thanks to Samuel Smith for keeping alive waning English beer styles - did they not reinvent porter and imperial stout as well?
Pyobon (1262) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours deep brown with good dense off-white head. Nice aroma - toffee, hops, hints of nuts. Great carbonation gives smooth creamy palate. Nice taste too - foretaste is mainly toffee or dark treacle with some grassy hoppy balance; in the mid plate nutty notes and some dark roast bitter notes start to develop; these dark roast bitter notes are joined by some hop bitterness for good finish. Excellent.
NallePalle (430) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 550 ml, Trader Joe’s, Fort Lauderdale. Decent, malty, aroma of nuts, maybe coffee. Small bitter finish.
Echon (281) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red/brown body with a pale beige head.
Fruity aroma with some caramel malt and hops.
Moderately dry and bitter. Malty and hoppy flavours dominate. The bitterness increases in the finish.
Medium body with average carbonation.
Good brown ale with solid bitterness.
jsporrer (456) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. A translucent deep brown with a medium tan head that disappears quickly to a thin ring. Aroma of sweet malts. Light carbonation, smooth, full mouth feel. Light, sweet malt taste. Not watered down but not very bold flavors. Refreshing - not bad but not that great.
RichTheVillan (6010) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear chestnut brown pour with a frothy light tan head, aroma has nutty action and toffee, taste has sweet toffee, malt loaf, nut brittle toffee, autumn leaves, traditional brown not like the hopped up juans, I’ve had recently trying to be BIPAs.
hauxe (289) - Butzbach, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated from old notes. Medium bodied, creamy, with nutty and sweet caramel undertones. Tart, fruity slightly winey aftertaste lingers on tip of the tongue. Smooth. Remains consistent for the duration, but also fails to develop further. Pleasant.
beverage_god (14) - - DEC 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Amber color, soft, pillowy off-white head. Lots of lacing. A beautiful aroma of carrot cake muffins, fruitcake, personality bursting out of the seams! On the palate, a good dose of caramel and a hint of toffee on display, a bit of bran muffin flavor. Superior thick mouthfeel and medium to full body with a lingering, memorable finish. A true work of art in this beer category.