jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An attractive dark wooden color with a whitish wispy head, and a nice toasty and caramelized sugar aroma. tiny notes of smoke and charred wood, but well balanced and appealing for the cooler days ahead. Plenty of toast and green hops, with a touch more smoke than was apparent in the nose. almost gives me the inspiration to rake some leaves and go to the cider mill - medium-bodied and just a bit of warming alcohol; a nice fall brew.
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown Aleís usually have a weird taste to me, and this one is no exception. Nice aroma, not very carbonated. Mouthfeel and nose are very good. Aftertaste is kind of funky. Enough dryness to make this drinkable to have a few.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a clear, chestnut color with a full, creamy, fluffy, beige head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal lace. The nose is very nice for the style with lots of chocolate, some dark caramels, hints of smoke, some dark toast, it does almost remind me of a crisp fall day in Colorado. The flavor is nice with more dark toast notes, some smoke, dry chocolate, hints of roasted malt, and a lightly spicy, herbal hop bitterness. The palate is less than medium, lively, crisp, and almost velvety but drying a bit. The finish is dry with dry chocolate, toast, and the roast and herbal hop notes actually balancing. Not as sweet as most browns but still very balanced; a nice balance of drinkability and flavor. The thing that I enjoyed most about this one was the fact that it actually reminded me of the fall season; Iím not really sure what exactly does this but something that surprised me. Perfect beer for the beginning of the football season.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean rusty copper with a one finger frothy light tan head. Nose is grain with notes of toast and light caramel. Flavor is rusty and grainy with a toasty Munich malt character, leafy hop character. Palate shows a medium carbonation and low bitterness.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(24 oz bottle). Pours clear brown/dark amber color with thick off-white head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel, light grass, leaves. Taste is semi-sweet with mild bitterness. Light to medium body with thin/oily texture. Finish is slightly bitter, but pleasing. I was actually expecting more bitterness, but Iím quite happy that SN toned it down. It makes for a balanced beer and one that is easy to drink. Iím not much of a brown ale fan, but I would definitely drink this one again and could make a session out of it.
jasonp (1573) - 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 (506) - 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 (320) - 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.