shadey (1897) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BOTW. Not-too-dark brown pour with a thin head. Aroma is standard brown all, with nutty malt. I was almost expecting some hoppiness here, but I canít find any. The flavor is very nice and easy to drink, nutty and lightly sweet. A very nice fall session. I like it.
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Delaneyís. Serviceable brown. Very dark brown, almost opaque. 3/8 inch of white foamy head. Some lace. Neutral aroma. Served a little on the cold side. Very drinkable, on the sweet side. The head looked a little unusual pattern, like mould spores.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 pack from Giant in Vienna. Sierra is my ALL TIME favorite brewery and I consider them the pioneers of pale and IPA craft type brews.. Now with this addition to their mix, I must say they truely can do it all.. Pours a chocolate almost cocoa brown with a scent of toasted nuts or even melted chocolate. The taste is quite sensational with that wonderful mix of malted caramel and the slight bitterness of challenger hops.. Perfect beer to drink with a nice cigar, possibly an alec bradley or bolivar (both were great with the Tumbler). The chocolate hits your palate early but then fades into the background as a malted crispness takes the forefront with the finest hoppy complexion. very very good brown ale.. great as the leaves change..
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nut brown, big beige head. Very nutty, caramel, toasty aroma. Flavor is bready, mildly smokey, and very malty. Probably pretty good on a fall afternoon, unfortunately itís still pushing 90 around here...
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour with a large white head. Aroma is nutty with just a bit of chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and smooth. Subdued caramel, hazlenut and toffee flavor with just a hint of chocolate. Finish is smooth and there is just a very slight bit of lingering bitterness along with more nutty/light roast flavors.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
20100821 24oz bottle from the Wine Source. Attractive walnut brown with lasting, tall, creamy beige head leaving pleasant lace. Aroma is extremely mild with some dark, yeasty sourdough and maybe some faint smokiness. So mild, in fact, that I had to turn away from the Wasa crackers I was eating because their aroma was competing. Flavor is, not surprisingly, mostly quite bland. The mouthfeel is very nice, airy, cool from the hops, lasting though mild carbonation, slight astringency mid to late on the palate, very slight bitterness. Some dark, bready malts, but mild, with some nutty notes, cashew, a wee bite of alcohol, and then a mulchy, earthy, kind of minty or winterberry cool-feeling hop kick (thank goodness) that adds at least some slight redeeming quality. I guess itís actually pretty close to their description, and perhaps I was hoping it would be more than that. I do love a well done brown ale, but this one is just a tick below mediocre for me.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, slightly reddish brown with a large, creamy light tan head. Nose is deliciously malty and lightly sweet. Flavor is nutty with greater balance toward the hops and away from the malt than in the nose. Overall, a tasty brown.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of browned whole grains, toasted crackers, wholesome toasted oats fresh from the oven as well as grape nuts cereal, all of which are accentuated by a toasted grain husk character. The aroma of this beer is all about the characterful malts used to make this beer.
Sweetish tasting up front with a caramelized character that quickly becomes toasted and just lightly roasted towards the finish. There is a very soft, slightly herbal and bitter hop character in the finish of this beer. Perhaps a hint of a metallic note also comes out at times in the flavor. Perhaps a touch of non-descript fruitiness is found up front in the flavors; like this was lightly accented by some sort of berries, though very subtly. The toasted grain character isnít nearly as expressive in the flavor, but it is still here and plays a major role; it accentuates flavors of toasted nuts, toothsome dark whole grain bread, light notes of coffee (like toasted coffee beans only brought to the brown stage, before first crack). Fairly light bodied, it is nicely quaffable, but has enough viscousness to be a beer to be drinking during the cooler months of the year too.
Not a bad brown ale from Sierra Nevada. This fits nicely in with the porter and pale ale (though I really wish they would get rid of or revamp the Stout). This definitely hits the spot when I have a hankering for a nicely malt focused Brown ale, though there is a touch of hop character here as well.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish amber with a thin mostly receding tan head. Notes of sweet toasted malt, brown malt, toffee, light woody herbs, herbal resin. One of the better brown ales Iíve had recently.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a thinner clear dark glowing chestnut with a sticky frothy fluffy white head. Aroma has a bit of spruce hops, light chocolate, light nuttiness, and just a tiny bit of fruitiness. Flavor follows, fairly dry, some round gummy fruitiness that is distracting, bit of rich nuttiness, light hops up front, dull finish. Medium/light bodied, just a hint sticky on the finish, fluffy carbonation, thin and drinkable.