rumproasts (2011) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Rich brown ale with a big hoppy finish. Sweet with caramel, chocolate and toffee initially. Then the hops hit. Good stuff indeed.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. There’s about one fingers worth of off-white colored head. The head has a nice texture, decent retention, and leaves some nice rings of lacing behind.
S: The hops here are pretty spicy, but a bit faded. Therefore, that leaves the malt to do much of the heavy lifting - in this case, it’s a dry and nutty backbone instead of a sweet and fruity one. Just a kiss of dark fruit exists behind the malt/hop mixture. Its aroma doesn’t work amazingly, but it does work solidly.
T: Going by the flavor profile, the hops - in their current state - only act as a ballast for the maltiness. It starts with a combination of molasses and a kiss of Centennial hops, and finishes with a decent amount of licorice, and a minor raisiny undercurrent. While not all the flavors (read: the licorice) fully appeal to me, it is a mildly complex, balanced brown ale.
M: The feel is rather thin, with a little bit of lingering sweetness. There isn’t much carbonation here, either. Nonetheless, the slender, slightly flat feel gives it great drinkability for 8%.
O: Nothing too special here. Basically, it’s just a decent, easy drinking brown ale the does a good job of belying its alcohol content. I wouldn’t seek this out, but I’d gladly kill this six pack with minimal effort.
Bov (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Erzbierschof - fully cloudy brown beer with a modest foam left; solid hoppy aroma of marzipan and quince marmalade, plum; a good malt body, slightly dry and fairly bitter; long malty caramelish and fruity flowery hoppy finish
CutSteel (9) - - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer has a caramel, toasted, bready aroma. Pours a dirty golden color, hazy with a small amount of off white head. Taste is slightly sweet with some bitterness. Odd combination. Medium body with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a well brewed beer but imperial brown ale, mixing sweetness and bitterness is an odd combination.
The beer is advertised as only 19 IBU, but the Carabrown malt used in the brewing process lends significant burnt, toast, toffee flavors that provide much more perceived bitterness.
alliance100 (319) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours med/dark brown with tan head . Light aromatic hop aromas with mild cocoa . Tasted is roasted cocoa with some light citrusy hop notes . Round palate . Nice beer .
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Zita (4214) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
light chocolate and bread, brown, cloudy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter, long finish,
Hansen (6125) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Lars. Nice with good humans! Dark brown and hazy. Has a sweet aroma, nuts, yeast, roasted/toasted notes. Flavor starts sweet, nice faint nutty notes, moderate bitter finish. Harmonic. Creamy texture.
mikejonze (12) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour - ruby red where the light passes through on the edges - with a thin, soapy head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate and even a little bourbon. Tastes like brown bread with raisins, very light coffee roast/bitterness. Warm and boozy finish. Pretty good for a brown ale, but brown ales aren't the greatest.
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miked1969 (6) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel, chocolate, nutty, roasty aroma. Dark brown color with minimal head. Medium bitter taste, light body with soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Well-hopped brown ale with a good malty balance.
superspak (2112) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, cocoa, light coffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, cocoa, brown bread, light coffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roast malt flavor with moderate hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.