crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a dark brown almost black hue with a white head that had nice retention. Aroma had a nice toasted malt note along with nuts and caramel. Flavor was a bit mild, had some nice malty nut qualities about it. Finish was thin. Needed a little more body, but still a nice beer.
WVHouseofBeer (719) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Ehhh this beer doesn’t really meet the expectations but its decent nonetheless. A pretty amber colored pour gives rise to a quickly disappearing cream head. I smell a bit of hay, caramel malt, and a Yuengling lager like quality that I just can’t put my finger on. A rather light body, more like a weak Amber or stout lager, the Tumbler’s flavor palate is rather meek as well. A little bit sweet malt, mainly bread crust, nutmeg and cinnamon, think pumpkin ale without the pumpkin. Lots of people are noting the "smokiness" of the beer and if it wasn’t on the label, they would never say that...as a fan of smoked brews, this one is a 1 of 10 on that scale. The Tumbler isn’t a bad beer, there just isn’t a lot of substance. One of Sierra Nevada’s worst.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, bubbly brown pour with a big cream colored head. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with big notes of caramel, cream, molasses, bread, vanilla extract, and a touch of citrus hop-- quite nice really. Flavor is also quite tasty-- there is a really delicious combination of chocolate malt and smoked flavors that mix with caramel and vanilla to really make an excellent brown ale. Palate is light, smooth, and drinkable- fits the style. Awesome to finally see a quality, malt-dominated brew, even if it is a brown. Let’s see an impy now.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown into the glass with a small white head that fades fast. Ruby red highlights. Aroma is slightly roasted cereal grain with a bit of cocoa powder. Flavor is quite different from other Sierra Nevada brews in that hops don’t rule this beer. Nice chocolate flavors are met with just a hint of smokiness. I see now in the description that there are smoked malts. While I don’t get it in the nose it adds a fun dimension to this beer. I know some are sad to see Anniversary go, but I think this is an upgrade in Sierra’s lineup. It’s good to see them flex their brewing muscles by showcasing malt instead of hops.
Arayaga2 (1710) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown, with a dense tan head. Aroma is rich and nutty with chocolate and a touch of smoke. Taste is rich and bready, but lighter and more drinkable than the aroma suggests. Finishes clean with lingering roasted nuts. $2/12oz
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another surprise from D. Kurtz. Hey lets try the new "Tumbler". "OK". Poured into Sam Adams glass, Dark translucent brown. 1 inch receding bubbly head. Not much aroma, maybe a little roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt for sure, and a hint of chocolate on the back. This reminds my of an English Brown. Not as full bodied or Malty as some American versions. Dry roasty, subtle hop finish. I can drink the hell out of this beer. Probably go as far as saying a "Session".
Loineshawn (3007) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Smoked salman, toast, rye. Nutty, grainy, toasty beer. Hint of macademia nuts and chocolate. Neat. Not typical brown ale. Dry. Good beer.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, some citrus, roast, nuts, and caramel. Taste of roasted malts, some piney resin, caramel malts, tobacco, nuts, and a hoppy finish.
RickTStiles (627) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark amber with a creamy white head. aroma is light consisting of quasi citric and malty notes but there is really very little to smell. Taste is fine, a bit roasty with some caramel qualities, but again subtle. very little finish aside from some spices. A perfectly palatable but somewhat boring beer.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber brown with a dense off white head. Aroma of baking bread, nuts and toasty malt. The flavor is sweet caramel and biscuity malt with a nice smooth hop bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry mouth feel. Overall this is a nice brown ale, the bready, biscuity, caramel malts are in the fore front with the hops only there for bitterness.