FlacoAlto (3849) - 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 isn’t 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 I’ve had recently.
17thfloor (2436) - 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.
demitriustown (1133) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber: Aroma is roasted malts, toast, toffee, slight coffee notes, and a really grainy scent. Some grassy hops poking through as well, but mainly malt forward. Appearancfe is a clear brown with good lacing and an off white to tan head that diminishes quickly. Taste has got the malt, roasted, toasted, slight chocolate, toffee, and a definite hop characteristic that is more prevelent in the taste. Palate is medium carbonation, bitter/sweet mouthfeel, tingling on the tongue. Aftertaste of lingering roast and caramel malt. Overall, Sierra Nevada makes soem fine brews all around. This is just an xample of another one of them. Cheers!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours an average deep amber and mahogany with a light beige head. Nose is caramel malt and light chocolate bean and roasted nut. Flavor is roasted coffee grounds with a chocolate coffee finish. Thick mouthfeel. Very tasty.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 12oz bottle. Smooth body. Nutty, sweet, slightly roasty. Very good brew.
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a lovely autumn mahogany body covered by a plush, comforting, off-white head. Mellow, musty, nutty, but enjoyable bouquet that has the heavness of a wet fall air and redolent of falling leaves. Brown malt accented aroma and flavor with a certain harshness to it. Rough, burnt leaf finish.
MrBunn (2572) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with a medium-sized head and aromas of dusty grains and a little bit of toffee. Flavor is fair enough... kind of a typical brown ale malt presence with a dusty edge to it and a little bit of leafy/earthy/nutty finish.
Foxbush (1487) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A wonderful surprise. Most Brown Ales are just brown. This one from Sierra Nevada is worth trying. The ale poured with a small bubble head and a light brown color. The nutty aroma and smooth maltiness are the hallmark of a very good Brown Ale. There is just a hint of hops that adds balance with some bittnerness. The smooth slightly floral finish is the end of good ale.
beernovice39 (3269) - Montana, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a nice deep amber/red with a foamy tan head. Scent of smoke and hops. Nice mild flavor, solid!