maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 12/22/2009. Clear dark brown body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head that lingers. Sweet malty aroma with light roastiness and a bit of floral and earthy hops. Malty, roasty and hoppy flavor. Medium body with moderately low carbonation.
daknole (10103) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
JW77 does it again! Brown pour. Small head. Aroma has citrus hops, dough, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is pretty big for a 5% beer. Lots of caramel and citrus with some light nutiness. Good.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Pours a transparent copper mahogany with a small spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet toasty dark caramel malts with a light grapefruity hoppiness. Starts with pretty good fullness and a semi-sweet earthy chocolate flavor with a hint of nuttiness before a drier, smooth doughy finish. Pretty true to style and enjoyable.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish copper brown with a fizzy white head. Skunky marajuna hops aroma. Sweet malty lemon and woody taste. Quite refreshing.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 12/22/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Light caramel and roast malt in aroma. Clear amber brown with small white head. Nice light roasty flavor. Light body. Floral hop flavor. Moderate carbonation.
bhensonb (12049) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Graduate in Davis, CA. Pours really dark brown with a slight beige head. Aroma of citrus hop. Barely. Medium/thin body with pretty mild carbonation. Flavor reminds of tea in a way. It’s malty and hoppy. A very tasty beer, but far from a big beer.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Monk’s with James and Dallas. Pours a slight cloudy brown with a thin, off white head. Aroma of raisins, barley, vanilla, brown sugar, sour wort, funk, and malt. Medium slightly dry body with a thin, malty palate. Really good brown.
jrallen34 (3488) - 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.
daleharshman (969) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Blind Lady Ale House for a DFH night during the first annual San Diego Beer Week in November 2009. Pours brown with ruby highlights and a small off-white head. Aroma is on the weak side with caramel malts and some light hops. Flavor was unexpected -- a tea taste. Seriously, this tastes like brewed black tea with lemon. There is also a burnt bitterness which seems to derive from both the hops and the dark roasted malts, but more the latter. The bitterness continues rather harshly into the finish. This is drinkable but very unusual.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a bruin body with an off white head and faint retention. Malty body dark fruit tones raisins and a citrus sort of sweetness. A bit thin with very light carbonation. Light sweetness and a mild finish.