Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty decent session ale. It pours a chestnut body with a creamy, light beige head. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, a somewhat caramel sweetness, cocoa, and a light nuttiness. The flavor echoes the nose, some herbal hop bitterness arriving in time for the finish. Not bad.
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PorterPounder (5461) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour with a light off white head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and some caramel. Flavor has a lot going on. Root beer hard candy, horehand candy, caramel, chocolate and licorice. Very full bodied and flavorful. Mouthfeel is thickish and clean, with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, excellent - probably the best from Shipyard yet.
ekstedt (5399) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (35 cl), thanks gnoff. Clear mahogny, medium beige head. Roasted aromas with some butterscotch. Light to medium bodiedm medium carbonation. Dry, a bit salty and metallic.
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Strong copper with splashes of ruby. Small manilla colored head. Nose is toffee, lightly roasted malts, light choco notes, and light earthy hops. Taste is hoppy and laden with roasty notes and caramel. Light chocolate, dried nuts, light woody notes and some vegetal notes. Body is medium but is very dry feeling. Minimal carbonation feel to it. At times, this borders on chalky. Finishes is hoppy with caramel, dried fruit-n-nuts mix, and light coffee. Decent brown.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark chestnut color with a big foamy light tan head. Applesauce and sweet licorice aromas. Really not much of a sniff. Mild roasted malt with a light sweet malted milk flavor Some dry roasted nut and a touch of dry floral hops as well. What a boring brew night. Linger is lightly acidic and with a dry toasty quality.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled brew marked best enjoyed before july of ’06 from a bottle shop poured a head of all foam finely sized light brown colored bubbles that was mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent typically carbonated red brown colored body. The aroma was sweet and caramel malt. The mouth feel was thin and weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong caramel note. The flavor contained notes of sweet caramel wheat and softly acidic.
OleR (4799) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget, Nordstan. Nice apperance. A crystal clear, deep ruby-brown colored beer with a coarse, big-bubbled tan head on top. Aroma has a pleasant sweetness of buttery, caramellish malts and roasted nuts, with a whiff of red fruits and marzipan. Flavor does not quite live up to the aroma. A light to medium malt body with a light sweetness, and also some sourish tones. Notes of peppery and earthy hops. Body is a bit underweight. Oily mouthfeel. Short malty finish, on the drier side, with a faint bitterness.
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Dissipated white head with a deep brown body. Nose is very roasty and somewhat peanut butter. Flavour is solid roast coffee, caramel with a thin, linguring toffee. Good.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 edition, 12 oz bottle, purchased at City Market and disgorged into me gullet via a Flying Fish pint glass at cellar temperature. Near as I can tell this is the same thing as last year’s so I’m rating it here....dark, fairly clear chestnut brown, with smallish lasting creamy topping and a bit of lacing...sweetish, hazelnut-vanilla dominated malty nose with nary a trace of hoppy-herbal qualities but little diacetyl either (a plus from these guys)....the body offers a tiny bit of bite, but is mostly sweet, a touch fruity and nutty, and a bit grassy-dry especially towards the finish...there is a bit of roasty-charred wood character at the end that’s nice, but it isn’t really given much breathing space in the thin, watery body and rather artificial-seeming, heavy carbonation. Better than average from this brewer but not something I’m dying to try again.
ChainGangGuy (4360) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, rich mahogany-hued body with a tall, proud, though deflating light beige head.
Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley, toasted bread, a little chocolate and caramel hiding a naughty pat of butter, and cherry nut squares from the fair amount of fruit esters.
Taste: A nice showing of dark bready barley, sweet chocolate, lightly roasted nuts, and crunchy dark caramel. Medium sweetness. Slight dark cherry fruitiness going on, though moreso as it warms. The coffee-ish roasty accent reassures itself as the herbal, earthy English hops perk up with a modest amount of overall bitterness. Mild diacetyl. Slight trace of smokiness. Predominately a dry maltiness on the finish with a final kick of ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Notably smooth mouthfeel that rolls across the tongue in a lush manner.
Overall: Enjoyed this one. BBA does a very good job at just being a simple brown ale.