oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light heavily carbonated brown color with a thin white fluff of a head. Very strong chocolate malt aroma. Some caramel and some other things that I can’t pin point. The malt aroma is a bit to strong.
Very light beer. The body is smooth and thin. Great beer for a hot day.
The flavor is nice, chocolate the melts into iced coffee, and finishes with a nice mild smokiness. Very lovely I may have another.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet caramel and toast nose. Very light chocolate. Clear bright amber/brown with a bubbly small off-white head. Nice flavor, chocolate and caramel with a significant smoke element. Good thickness and very crisp. Sweet with a dry finish. Very nice representation of the more English side of the style.
jcr (2386) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown body with a short, mostly diminishing tan head. Pleasant aroma of toasted malts, caramel, molasses and nuts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, roasted malts, vanilla. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. More complex than a run-of-the-mill brown ale. Good balance between sweet and bitter with plenty of flavors to keep it interesting. Solid brown ale.
MrBunn (2596) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thin looking brown body with a very little head and aromas of sweet, dark malt (brown sugar and toffee) and nuts and earth. Flavor is decent enough... a nice mix of the aforementioned players, but could be a little more robust. Still, this is a pretty good brown.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great brown, full of flavor. Not thin and bitter like many, but sugary, and warm. It tastes like a mutherfucking tootsie-roll! wonderfull brown.
Tmoney99 (12237) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5.
Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, nut and smal hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet toasted flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Average complex brew.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Atlas courtesy of psprings. Pours, smells, and tastes like a brown. Very nondeScript and average. Toasted malt and caramel, as advertised. Seems unambitious - particularly for Shorts’ rep.
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Siciliano’s (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a dark brown, tea hues just faintly hazed with smalloffwhite tannish head, dies to a small film, minimal lacing. Aromas are coffee grounds, cocoa, vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar, toast, and nuttiness. Very nice for a brown. Initial has a decent body, pushing cocoa, coffee, a touch of espresso, nut, brown sugar, caramel, a touch of toastiness with decent bitterness on the backend to balance and finish. The flavors on this are quite exsquisite with gourmet coffee and espresso, vanilla, cocoa, and a good sweetness, flavor of copious amounts in comparison to the body’s girth. A top notch sessionable Brown ale. Flavor sticks to the palate, sufficient bitterness, light enough to drink several. Very nice. Cheers!
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark brown without much head. Characteristic aroma of nuts, fudge and caramel. Taste is similarly fudgy without being excessively sweet. Finish is earthy and smooth. A good attempt at an unloved style.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear chestnut with a quickly dissolving beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, nuts and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, nuts, brow sugar and mild chocolate. Mild bitterness with a semi-sweet finish.