Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is chestnut brown with a tight bubbled thin skin of an off white head...smell is toasty and sweet with nuts and day old bread...taste is toasty and sweet as well with some nice smoky flavors coming in as well...thatís really the impressive part of this is the real smoke character...Iím pleased for sure with this less than boring brown ale...nice chewy mouthfeel and quick slippery finish...
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - Hints of roasted chocolate and caramel. Cloudy brown with an off-white head. Creamy flavor with some nice chocolate aftertaste. Overally, browns donít excite me, but this one is very nice. Iíd have a few of them.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, great head. Green, vegetal aroma. Taste of roasted malt, reminds me of a nut brown ale. The hops are tasty and make the beer decent, almost overcoming the aroma which I donít care for.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours perfectly... to be frank. 2 fingers fits perfectly into my pint glass. dark burnt amber color. Head clings to the side as it slowly slowly dissipates.
smells of nice roasted caramel malts... actually has a ting of lager smell on it, that distinct lager smell... from the yeast... then nothing.
well, the taste is clean, crisp... not that that is a flavor, but not much happening here for me. a bit of the roasted malts, but otherwise, this is pretty bland and boring. Easy to sit and drink a few of these as the night goes on, but would switch to it later in the night as my tastebuds are falling asleep.
crazyvin (2026) - 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 (921) - Tallahassee, 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 doesnít 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 canít put my finger on. A rather light body, more like a weak Amber or stout lager, the Tumblerís 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 wasnít 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 isnít a bad beer, there just isnít a lot of substance. One of Sierra Nevadaís worst.
craftycarl21 (2295) - 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. Letís 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 donít 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 donít 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 Sierraís lineup. Itís good to see them flex their brewing muscles by showcasing malt instead of hops.
Arayaga2 (1876) - 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".