BrownALEx (263) - Portland, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle at Ruth’s Chris in G.R. Dark brown with a thin white head. Smells of brown sugar and caramel compete with malted barley. A strong malty backbone gives way to a sweet, delicious finish. Palate is medium bodied and very smooth. One of best browns I’ve had.
tgreen8100 (1) - - JUL 14, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was the first darker beer I ever drank. After being a light beer drinker this brown made me start to drink all kinds of craft beer. Out of the tap at the brewery doubles how good it is. Smooth coffee taste with no bitter aftertaste. Even smells smooth, my favorite brown ale for sure. Good for someone looking to try craft beer, plus a six pack at 7% will have you feeling good as a bonus.
ineedbeer (660) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Aroma is fairly malty with quite a bit of toasted bread and nuttiness. Light roast character and faint caramel. I don?t really pick up any hops or alcohol in the aroma. Pours a nice, fairly clear brown color with some ruby highlights and a small, moderately thin, tan head that exhibits decent retention as it recedes to the edges. Moderately high amounts of lacing but not really any legs. Flavor has a medium sweetness with moderate toasted bread and nutty notes. Medium light caramel with light roast and chocolate. Faint notes of fig and prime with light notes of raisin. Medium low to low bitterness without more than faint hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, this isn?t a style I usually reach for and it?s not the best example of the style, bit it is a nice, easy drinking beer. Lots of make character, but I expected a bit more hop presence.
MadRobin (1861) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at the Chamberlain Forest Inn in Curtis, MI.
Clear, but with a hint of haze, dark mahogany-brown with a small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of intense toffee, nuts and brown sugar.
Taste of toffee, chocolate malt, caramel, nut and roasted malt.
Medium/full body and low/medium carbonization.
A pleasant quaff--sweet and malty with a little nuttiness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hockeybeerguy (1630) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mmmmm.....more notes found and a possible all time favorite American Brown Ale of mine.
Here we go:
I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that spider-webbed as it went down. The lacing was there and trickled for the most part.
The smell was nutty and malty.
The taste was a nice nutty sweet maltiness running about my tastebuds and reminding me of a time I spent in Michigan.
The palate had a nice creaminess running about my mouth and tongue and had a decent sessionability about it as well.
Overall, in my opinion, this was a great American Brown ale well worthy of having again and well worthy in Autumn.
chucklemation (423) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a slight white head. Has a sweet caramel and malts aroma, and a similar flavor that comes off strong and stays that way. Has a medium body feel. There’s nothing too surprising, but it’s a solid beer.
tectactoe (1510) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Ruddy, chestnut brown, relatively dark with a beige layer of foam that’s pretty quick to settle into a chunky collar. Aroma of cocoa dust, caramel toasted malt, light toffee sweetness, & a hint of dirty hops laying underneath. Nice malt sweetness on the palate; present, but light enough to not be overbearing. Moderate flavors of Munich malt, lightly steel-y caramel & toffee, burnt bread, dry cocoa, & perhaps even the mildest hint of coffee. Hops are there, but secondary. A faint herbal & earthy character cleans up in the finish. Nothing to blow your wad over, but a tasty, drinkable brown ale that goes down nicely.
Brentv (314) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours an almost clear brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel and malts. Taste is caramel and malts, nicely sweet, not much hop presence. Medium mouthfeel. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Nice.
vanerme3 (20) - - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great brown ale. Deliciously sweet, but not overly so. Great body to it with some caramel malt aftertones. Will definitely be buying again.
malkyore (166) - - MAR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My go to brown ale. It’s malty and sweet and goes good with birthdays and birthday cake. It is one of the greats when it comes to brown ales.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Darker brown pour with an initial froth of tan foam. Nutty, sweet malt, and light bitterness in the aroma. Maybe some slight dry roast. Taste is roastier but it’s mostly dominated by sweeter malt and nuttiness. Minimal bitterness in the taste. Decent brown on the sweeter side of the style spectrum.