jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark maple syrup brown with an off-white head - clear up to light with a tinge of red. Subtle nose of of toasted malt, bread and earthy hops. Very well balanced and bold flavor. Prominent malty backbone with notes of caramel, nuttiness, toffee, light chocolate and a solid presence of earthy British hops. Has that classic Sierra Nevada thick, lush and creamy texture to the body with moderate carbonation. Really good brown ale.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear brown with a off white cap. The aroma is slight nuttiness, macanudo gold cigar, chocolate, all very light. The flavor again is a slight nuttiness, caramel malty sweetness, a touch of burnt bitterness in the finish. Crisp. Well Balanced. Not anything to rave about, but certainly enjoyable.
Jethro6191 (482) - Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a big tan head. Roasted nutty malt and chocolate aromas. Roasted malt, nuts, coffee, caramel, and toffee flavors with a bitter chocolate finish. Medium carbonation and body. Nice balanced flavor.
Velkyal (303) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark copper, with a red tinge and a light tan head. Cocoa notes are there, as is a tobacco smell - you know the kind of tobacco smell from people rolling their own, a smell I love by the way, even though I have never smoked in my life. Tastewise, light chocolate with caramel and biscuitiness thrown in for good measure, with a crisp hoppy bite in the background.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Bottled on July 8th. Pours a deep brown. Not opaque. Exhibits good carbonation. Two inches of lumpy head forms and quickly dissipates. Fair amount of lacing. Nutty, roasted malt on the nose with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied and just enough carbonation to make the mouthfeel nice and easy. Definitely sessionable. Sweeter on the palate. The roasted, nutty flavors come across after those of semisweet chocolate. This is the best brown ale I have had in a long time.
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
boooooooooooooooooooring. this is one of the most blahhhh ass brown ales iíve had all year. pass on this turd unless youíre just desperate for a session beer and have no other choices.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pouring crystal clear, with a deep crimson-mahogany color, the body supports a small, fading head of smooth, beige tinted foam. Minimal wet lace spotting shows on the glass. The nose is simple and straightforward, showing notes of toasty-sweet caramelized grain, dried brown sugar, and rye bread crust in the malt base. Hops are mild and floral, lending just a touch of edge to the malt dominant profile. Flavors are largely the same, again very toasty and malty, with nicely roasted and caramelized grain malt, along with a toasted nuttiness and soft, earthen hop bitterness on the back end. Itís nice and dry, as the bready yeast has eaten up a good amount of the malt sugar. The palate, as mentioned before, is dry, almost chalky. Carbonation is moderate, but it tends to drag across the tongue. Overall, itís a pretty solidly made brown ale, but itís not all that interesting.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lacing light tan head with a clear, brown body. Aromas of brown sugar, roasted medium maltiness, and a slightly grassy hoppiness. Flavor is much the same. Brown sugar and lightly toasted brown bread with a slightly dry finish. Nice body. Bitterness lasts a while.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear sienna hue with a medium size, off white head and good lacing. Sweet, malty, dark bread aroma. Earthy taste of toasty malts, caramel, toffee and a hint of peat. Just enough hops in the aftertaste to prevent it from becoming to cloyish. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel, with a lingering, bittersweet finish.
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 itís 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. Thereís 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. Thereís 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.