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 (372) - 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 i’ve had all year. pass on this turd unless you’re 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. It’s 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, it’s a pretty solidly made brown ale, but it’s 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 (1657) - 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 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 (2659) - Chicago, 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 (2072) - 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 (5790) - 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 (988) - 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.