TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a roasty brownish copper, some glow to it, ligyht haze, a big khaki head sits atop and cakes, dies to a decent layer, laces ok. Aromas are some pretzels and light toastiness, some earthy malts paired with a touch of cocoa and bread. Simple, touch of floral hopping. A big vague. Initial is lighter bodied offering toasty malts and cocoa, some sweeter toffee, touch of vanilla, earthy tobbacco is light and provides a touch of smokiness, earthiness. Some bread, light toffee, light floral hops on the backend provide a touch of bitterness to this lighter yet toasty and malt forward brew. Not bad a bit forgettable though. Still, quite drinkable if not lighter fare. Would be great at 1% ABV less, I bet..
Capa (2149) - Transient., - AUG 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice reddish brown with a tan head. Toasted malts, caramel, light chocolate, some toffee, too. A little bit of hops on the finish. Smooth but with a little bit of carbonation on the tongue as it goes down. Real nice brown.
hershiser2 (1289) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a lovely brown with a small light tan head that lingers and laces. Smells of malts and autumn leaves. Flavor is a bitter nuttiness, some roasted leafy notes, and finishes with a bitter bite.
puboflyons (2342) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 series marked 021111813. The pour is a rich mahogany brown with a full head about two inches thick and generous lacing. Robust malts, a weak toffee-like scent, and a slight fruitiness greet the nose. The taste has a sharp bitterness mixed in with the upfront roasted malts. But the bitterness is offset with a smooth creamy texture on the tongue. Nicely done.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 bottle - courtesy of OfficerCockKnuckles (heh heh). Deep clear refractive chestnut, nice and bubbly with a solid creamy-fizzy tan head. Smells quite grassy, with background cocoa and further herbal and crushed nutshell bittering elements. Good taste - not very sweet at all (yay! better than most US browns then) - same elements as the aroma, plus plenty of grain. Rock-solid body, quite lively, and a surprisingly long bitter finish, with a hint of dry acidity; very good, but possibly hoppier than many would like.
TheJester (2038) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cole’s. Lighter than some browns, with lotsa bubbles and a lingering head. All malt in the aroma. The flavour reveals that there is some complexity to the malt. There is nuttiness and toast, as there should be, but also some porter/stout qualities, such as milk chocolate, roast and smoke. A slight hioppy bitterness arrives in the finish. Very well done.
deyholla (7474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany brown with a lasting gray head. Aroma has notes of dark grains and bread with a hint of smokiness and molasses. Flavor is similar with a dark bread note that is complimented by a slight molasses note and a bit of smokiness in the finish.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice flavorful brown. On he light side. Very solid. You can really taste the pale recipe in this. Bitter kick in the end. A bit more sweetness would be nice.
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours a deep brown with a small off white head. lots of malt in the nose... some chocolate, sweet dark fruits and roasted malts. this is such a wonderfully balanced brown ale - tons of malts and just the right amount of hops to round things out. medium body with a creamy top layer... robust malts linger and flow through the lower portion of the mouth. more chocolate notes are prevalent followed by some caramel and light coffee. a light citrus bitterness balances the malts out on the finish. great new beer from Sierra Nevada.
halfonit (1204) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown/amber color. Aroma is of malts, roastiness, nuts, and some sweetness. Flavor is of malts, some roastiness, molasses, and caramel. Leaves a sweeter malt finish.