Getbetter (887) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 20/20
From a 220z bottle, brown in color,white head,cinnamon,every thing about this brown is great.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another impressive beer from Sierra Nevada. Though I love most brown ales I can get my hands on, this on was really just somewhat in the middle of the road with itís delivery. The aroma was somewhat nutty with hints of malts and barely, while the taste was a little bitter and somewhat chewy. A good drink, but I donít think Iíll seek it out again.
Cybercat (3504) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich, dark, opaque chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is spicy and malty and has a hint of caramel. Mainly malty flavor has tones of cloves and cinnamon and caramel traces. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a strong tingle as well as a malty and spicy finish.
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, nuts), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, lemon).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Likely just a variation of their standard brown ale, which is also 5.5% and uses EKG hops for aroma, but at least compared to the last time I had the regular one (í06), this is quite a bit better. This is a light, simple quaffer, and arguably more hoppy in both nose and mouth than malty (I donít understand the "all that malt" phrase in the description, because this isnít very malty in either nose or mouth), but thatís way better than the usual dull syrupy sweet mess that most brown ales are. Very well-balanced, crisp finish, and thankfully none of the raw, vitamin B yeast stink that plagues the majority of this breweryís products. It isnít exciting, but itís quite solid. One of SNís best beers.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís an opaque brown pour with reddish highlights. The flavor is roasty, slightly sweet, with some hops. All in all, itís a tasty session beer.
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into mug. Thanks, Brenn79, for the birthday present! Some faint nutty and caramel malt notes in the nose. Some grain present, too. Pours amber-brown with a nice thick rocky head with long retention; leaves nice lacework. Taste is mildly sweet with very little bitterness. Some honey flavor here. Pretty subdued though (man Iíve been using that word a lot in my reviews lately). Carbonation is medium and soft. Somewhat creamy texture. Medium bodied. Very drinkable, but somewhat boring for Sierra Nevada. Would make a nice session beer.
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a modest beige head and a faint chocolate aroma. There is a hearty roasted malt flavor with some carbonation and a dry bitter finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack purchased at Nugget. The aroma has a ton of roastiness, with hints of chocolate and smoke, too. Some coffee is also there along with some bandaids. Weird. Thereís something about this that just doesnít smell right. Transparent dark amber body with a creamy light tan head that is rather large. Good retention. Highly carbonated, lightly spicy start. Becomes slightly toasty in the middle without too much roast or burnt malts. Finishes with some spicy hop flavors, although it is not overly bitter. It is actually quite thin and relatively lifeless. Itís a brown ale, but it is very clean and seems more like a dunkel.
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A pretty non-offensive brown ale, nothing spectacular, but relatively tasty none-the-less.
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a big semi loose head and some lace. I was called out of the room before taking a drink, after fifteen minutes or so I came back and the head was still there, so I rekoní we could say this beer has good head retention. The aroma has plenty of chocolate and coffee roastyiness with a mild fruity hoppiness and a light hint of Ottoís jacket. The flavor is dry and nutty with roasty and smoky notes and a lot of earthy bitterness. Very tasty beer.