chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown pour very carbonated bubbly head. Aroma of caramel and hops and taste of some malts and hint of toffee, watery finish with too much carbonation.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 Cola brown in color. Nicely malt forward without being too sweet. A little too bold style wise in my opinion. Could use some spice to add a kick.
dlovell2 (1802) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown amber color with tan head. Nutty malty aroma. Roasted malt, caramel and nutty flavors. Slight citrus notes. Nice smooth beer.
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The appearance is brown of course, reddish brown, translucent, light tan head. The aroma is nutty, grassy, slightly earthy. The flavor is more nutty, grassy, malty. The finish is very mild noble hop bittering. This is the only place where hops are in evidence in this beer. Medium, sightly thin mouthfeel. Standard, serviceable brown ale, but not remarkable at all. Not much in the often present chocolate or coffee you may see in this style.
shadey (2079) - 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 (11230) - 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 (203) - 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 (6099) - 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 (1117) - 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 (2654) - 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.