VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce stubby bottle. Say what you want about Sierra Nevada, but it’s nice to see the company not rest on their laurels in terms of the seasonals and other offerings. This is the first time I can recall them taking a swing at a brown ale. Pours a deep brown with dark ruby undertones that comes out a little bit lighter than the color of Coca Cola. Large bubbly head that goes at least a half inch if not a little bit higher. Moderate lacing. Aroma is all roasted malt, almost bordering on smokey. There’s some dark chocolate fudge notes as well. Smells like a smoked chocolate chip cookie. Light and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream stout. Beer is fairly assertive, bitterness levels are relatively high for the style. Taste is almost all roasted and toasted malt. Kind of has a sourdough toast or toasted English muffin type of taste to it. There’s no real hop character, save maybe some light orange hops in the finish which play well off the chocolate flavors throughout the body of the beer. Solidly constructed, almost like drinking a porter. I like this one quite a bit, and it will be a great autumn drink if and when it finally cools down outside.
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, nuts, & some chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, nuts, and hops; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Good overall.
rocbyter (1904) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt aroma with a light amount of spice. Clear amber color with a medium tan head. Mild sweet beginning with a light bitter malt finish.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with a large tan head. The aroma has a nuttiness reminiscent of pecans, smooth toasty malt, hints of spicy hops and is very clean overall. Medium slick body that has semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts out with smooth rich nuttiness, smooth malt and a light bit of spice. the finish has a bit more spice, but is still smooth, toasty and nutty. Not the most complex beer, but this is really nice and easy to drink. this will be perfect for the autumn days as stated on the bottle.
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Light brown, slightly cloudy pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet hazelnut and malt. Medium body with the taste of brown sugar, bread, roasted almonds with a slight earthy hop finish. Great session brew.
TizzleJizzle (623) - Garland, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with great head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted chestnut. Tasted great with hints of smoked and roasted malts. Excellent brown ale! I would recommend it for sure.
obguthr (3913) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Weak wood and berry nose. Clear cola, thin head, good lace. Berry and twig flavor. Alcohol noticeable. Eh, not all that great.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber-brown color with some caramel highlights a thick, rocky beige head that slowly receded to a frothy layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, nuts, and a little burnt grain. Smooth, sweet entry with some caramel and chocolate leads into a moderately roasty middle that is met with a lightly bitter, dry hoppiness that quickly fades giving way to some light hints of roast and chocolate that linger into the finish. Low carbonation and somewhat thin mouth feel. Overall, this is a decent beer that starts pretty promising and then misses a little bit. A little more hopping would help offset the sweetness, and the palate was a little lacking considering the relatively heavy flavors.
fluffy (1722) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
im leery of most of sierra nevada’s products as im not a hophead, but this one was very well done. aroma is a little nutty, pours with a thick head and big effervescent bubbles. flavor is smooth maltiness without being cloying or sweet, with a nice balanced nuttiness and darker grains. very well done.
eaglefan538 (2897) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SL. The pour was amber to brown, off-white colored head. The aroma was caramel, chocolate and roast. The flavor followed, ashy and smoky roast factor fairly prominent, finishing with an assertive hop presence. Body was moderate to full for a brown ale, although it did have a dry element from the hops and carbonation that kept it fairly drinkable.