rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty beer, quite complex yet drinkable. Not a good example of the Northern English Brown style - ratings would be much lower compared to the BJCP style guidelines. a: heavy cherry notes in the aroma, with tint of caramel. Light butterscotch aroma (diacetyl). Subtle hoppy aroma (english variety - fuggles?). a: poured light brown, crystal clear. Poured with solid, off-white head with good retention. t: Light cherry notes shine through, especially at the finish. Very sweet up front, but dries out well to leave a nice dry finish, appropriate for style. Pleasant, dynamic journey. Little hop character. p: medium-light body, moderate carb. Not astringent at all. o: very interesting beer, complex flavors and aroma make for a nice drinking experience. Would like to see a bit more hop character shine through.
miroleite (2) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2016 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas: nutty, toffee and caramel. Mouth: malt, caramel and hoppy bitter. Foam: light brown, medium. Overall: 3,25/5.
chinchill (4112) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 2011 notes:
When I first tried this beer about 20 years ago, I thought it was probably the best beer I had ever had. (I was probably right). Having one for the first time since joining BA, I had high hopes but some anticipation that it could be disappointing - I’ve tried a lot of beers over the past 2 decades. Well, it was not at all disappointing. Perhaps not the very best brown ale I’ve ever had, but excellent, upholding its reputation as a gold standard of English browns.
Plenty of caramel malt in the aroma. Tastes only slight nutty at first, but a more notable nuttiness in the excellent malty finish. Perfect balance of flavors. Slightly fruity.
Mouthfeel - a tad thin; otherwise excellent, with perfect carbonation.
O - outstanding example of style. Refined and superbly crafted.
PowY (117) - - JUN 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
550 ml bottle. Pours clear copper with a light brown head. The aroma is moderatly malty - bread and roasted malt together with some grassy hoppiness and also a little yeasty. Pleasant creamy mouthfeel with soft to lively carbonation. The flavor starts light sweet with some fruity acidity and a bitterness that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. Roasted malt with some caramel and nuts and mild coffee in the aftertaste - all aromas a little hidden. Overall not too exciting but a nice brew.
Fules (646) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gyönyörű mahagóni szín, közepes, nem túl tartós hab. Illata édeskés, aszalt gyümölcsös, diós. Íze édeskés, karamelles, pici kakaóval és aszalt gyümölcsökkel. Icipici keserű, alacsony karbonáció, közepes test, jó összhang.
fiveacestx (921) - Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - hazy brown with a small head. Notes of toffee, nuts and caramel. Light malty body.
Mister_Li (801) - GERMANY - JUN 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klares rotbraun mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, Röstaromen, etwas Karamell, nussig, trocken, leicht bitter.
BenL8 (52) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle at home. A classic for every occasion. Nice brown colour with little foam with a bready and very biscuity aroma. Some caramel and maybe some chocolate. Quite thick mouthfeel. Flavour is quite complex, very biscuity and lots of caramel, chocolate and a hint of herbal hops. Great classic.
danlo (2382) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Brown amber colour, white foam head leaving lots of lacing and aroma of malt, nutty, caramel. Taste is bready malt, toffee, caramel, dried fruits, raisins, and some earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry nutty bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
HarryPlopper (57) - - MAY 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red Amber with plenty of carbonation and a thin head with some lacing when poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Very nutty taste comma slightly bitter, and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Some notes of coffee.
lello4ever (585) - ITALY - MAY 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bella brown ale, tonaca di frate con poca schiuma, aroma fantastico di nocciola, invece al palato spicca meno.