SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the special Max & Joe’s Life and Limb release party and paired with its big brother. I actually liked this second running even better than Life & Limb. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a thin off-white head. The body was no where as watery as I had expected. The roastedness was so pronounced that the hops were not so out-of-whack as you typically get in a parti-gyle style of beer. Smooth and drinkable. Delicious in fact This is simply the finest small beer that I’ve ever tasted.
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
4 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. Aroma is spicy with hints of chocolate, leather, and roastiness. Transparent dark copper body with a small light tan head. Spritzy, carbonated start becoming quite roasted and rather woody in the middle. Finishes with a bit of spicy hop flavoring. A bit too much carbonation. Meh.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drank this on tap at Whole Foods into a pint glass. They only got 5 gallons and I got super lucky to try this as I was the last on the keg as it only poured half a beer.
The beer pours a medium brown that is surprisingly clear with a tope colored head that is huge and fluffy and lasts several minutes with great retention.
The aroma was all about hops, you can tell right away that cascade was used because they are the star.
The taste was good because the hops stood out front bringing a nice piney bitterness to the beer. However, it ended with the typical bitter nuttiness of a brown ale that I don’t particularly enjoy so it ended on a let down.
The feel was good but drinkability is limited because of the brown ale qualities.
Overall, the beer is ok. If you’re a cascade lover you’ll love this beer. If you’re not you can skip it.
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SDBC. Color was a dark reddish brown. Aroma was sweet with caramel, sugar, citrus, molasses, roasted malt and earth. Flavor was the same; citrus, pine, earthy, cocoa, molasses and earth. Quite piny in the finish, especially for the style. Got better throughout; could taste the DFH head influence.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger for VSK. Dry bark, birch, wet green hops in the back of the aroma. Very dry and grassy, slightly citrusy. Lightish body, nicely carbonated, with a kind of nutty, chocolate, birch flavor. Fairly light. I was happy to see the birch come through in this one (unlike, say, maple syrup, which never works, ever), however it contrasted in a bit of an odd way with the hopping. Still, not a bad effort. I look forward to trying the big beer behind the this.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at papago 11/25/2009.
tasted after the life & limb and glad i did. the similarities in the two are amazing (though not really). the big brother was too cloying but tasted great... this has all the same flavor and aroma profiles without all the sticky sugars... and i am a sucker for a decent brown.
pours a paler version of the other with a lasting whitish crown.
the aroma is of vanilla, brown sugar, malt, pine, faint citrus and pleasant grassiness.
the flavor is richer and deeper than the aroma lead me to believe... smoky wood, piney hops, earth, brown sugar-y malt, maple, mild citrus pith and a grassy dry finish.
light to medium bodied, crisp and terribly easy to drink! 7/4/7/4/16/3.8
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a deep, clear cola-brown color; huge, textured light-tan head with excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass. Basic tea and light biscuity malts in the aroma; very light, bland. Medium mouthfeel: wet barley, tea, and very light brown sugar / tannic black tea notes upfront; a light, vaguely juicy perimeter of citrus and mienral bitterness; not bad, but the tea-like core is very bland: cardboard and water; it tastes, indeed, like second runnings (or a decently hopped mild). This looks and feels pleasant, like most SN beers, but the core just isn’t quite developed enough. Medium finish: wet grains, basic toastiness.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: Deep brown/ruby pour with an off white film of head. Resiny sweet earthy hops in the aroma- some toffeeish note as well. Soapy mouthfeel. The flavor has some hempy and oily resins. A bit earthy and vegetal hoppyness. Long hempy bitter finish. A bit soapy and astringent.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Papago. Really solid, sessionable brown ale. Mahogany pour with a fizzy eggshell head that doesn’t leave significant lacing. Aroma is cocoa, brown sugar, and biscuit. Flavor shows honey, chocolate, and a slight coffee finish. Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Good.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Johnny Brown’s. Pours a deep mocha brown with a small beige ring. The nose reminded me of a German Dunkle Weisse, very roasty and a tad yeasty. Mostly roasty flavor with a touch of yeast.