Frank (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a brand new seasonal from Sierra Nevada and pretty good stuff too. The pour is mediocre. It’s brown and clear and the head doesn’t last. The nose is mildly roasty w/ a sort of bread yeast thing going on in the background. The level of carbonation is surprisingly high and I’m sort of undecided on how much I like it. It does add a crispness but the beer would still be quite dry and drinkable w/ lower carbonation. This is overall a rather mild beer w/ mostly roast character dominating and firm bitterness in the finish. Like I said, this is pretty good stuff but it is probably going to be one of the Sierra Nevada seasonal people get least excited about.
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a local grocery. WTF! The label subtext is Autumn Brown Ale. Pours a very ruddy copper with a 4 finger foamy beige head. Aroma is hoppy with that roasted malt common to brownish ales. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is medium roast malt, fairly smooth, with some floral and herby hop bitter. Flavor is good. For some reason the nose goes towards wet dog. But this is a brilliant ale. A brown with character and style. Lots of flavor things going on. How do they f...in do this stuff. Sierra Nevada is putting out great beer after great beer. Nice change from the years of same old same old.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Clear amber, medium tan head. Aroma of malt and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt, caramel and some roast. Earthy hops on the back end.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the moon. Dark brown color, beige coating head. Nutty chocolate aroma, which continues in the flavor with the addition of coffee taste. I didn’t pick up smoked flavor specifically, but it is a complex malt profile. I’d be interested in what they would come up with in a nut brown.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with beige head. Aroma has an interesting smoky chocolate taste as well as malty and grainy with light signs of spicy hop. Flavor is exactly the same, semi-sweet with some nuttiness and nice balanced bitter at the end. Mouth feel is medium body, very solid, with high carbonation. Overall, a very interesting, tasty beer....I very much enjoyed!
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chestnut brown with hints of garnet/ruby red. Vanilla white head that retained well and left excellent lacing. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, nuts, and a hint of chocolate. Pleasant malt sweetness dominates the taste, with bittersweet chocolate and a whiff of earthy hops. Medium body and carbonation and a well balanced finish.
Terminus (3219) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-What a suprise! This beer ended up coming to Las Cruces VERY early-i couldnt believe it. I have now found my place to find new beers available in the area before the other main stores. Pretty sweet! This is also my last rating of beer before i embark on my 6 month journey to Iraq. What a way to go out with a new beer from my all-time favorate brewery. I was highly anticipating this beer from SN-even though this is one of my most hated styles, i was really eager to try this. What i got was pretty much what i was expecting. Pours deep amber/mahogony with a small slightly eggshell head. nose is nutty, sweet, lite burt notes, and a hint of sulfer. flavors are nuty, slightly smokey with a touch of spicy hops in the mid flavors as well as on the finish. The body here is pretty much what i expect for a brown-a little papery and flimsy, but par for the course. It is better than quite a few out there. long finish, which is pretty nice, especially for this style. overall, not a bad beer however, that Aniv IPA was pretty damn nice if you ask me. I am still kind of scratching my head that they got rid of that one (minus the fact that they make enough ipas/apas) and the excellent ESB (one i had many times but never got to rate it.....sniff! the finish on this one is pretty dry long into it, another thing that is not really common for this style. a well crafted brown but i dont think i could drink more than a 6er of this and be satisfied.
sickassmick (220) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great, fresh tasting beer. clean fermentation, not any off flavors i can pick up, good sweet semi-dark malty taste, more caramel than chocolate, but perfect hop finish, and not so heavy. fun to drink, perfect carbonation, not filling, and another slam dunk for sierra.
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a thin head, aroma is toasted nuts and smoky, not bad. The flavor is smoky, bacon, and molasses, it has a nice roasted character to it, I really like it, bitterness sets in after the swallow. My only complaint is it could have been a little heavier or stronger and not as thin, but I enjoy this much more than the typical anniversary IPA (which this replaced as their fall beer).
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
very thin tasting brown ale. much hop and very little choc or malt flavor.