radio_nowhere (882) - Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly out of season ... bottle into pint glass. Clear ruby brown color with light tan head. Aroma of strong sweet caramel malt, some roast, dark fruit (figs), some smoke and nuttiness. Taste is the aroma adding a light chocolate note and light hop bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, complex with a dry finish. Very tasty brown ale, should have had this when it was fresh and plentiful last fall.
Cakes (370) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle.
Probably the best looking brown ale that I have ever seen, and easily the best brown ale that I have have over the past two years.
Pours an amber brown color with off white head.. Tastes of:Malt, nut, caramel and toffee aroma. Caramel, nut, toffee, malt and biscuit flavors. Medium light body and moderate carbonation. Toffee and biscuit finish. Outstanding.
foyle (242) - Wyoming, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: 2+" frothy cream colored head, mostly clear dark reddish-brown with tons of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: yeasty bread dough, a bit of smoke, some floral and citrus, a bit of toffee and raisin.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, somewhat slick, with a dry finish.
Flavor: rich roasted malts, some citrus rind and floral hops, a bit coffee and raisin, a lingering smokey finish.
Overall: I really enjoy brown ales, but am not a fan of smokey flavors. I can’t really criticize the beer, but it not to my particular tastes due to the smoke. I would probably rate it much higher without the smoked malts.
AirForceHops (3315) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Julio’s Liquors. Deep brown color, slight fading head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted nuts, and a very mild smoke.
The flavor is a mirror of the aroma. The body is really hearty for such a low ABV brew. Drying texture. Easy to drink and I wouldn’t turn this down if offered a bottle.
bubblehouse (439) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice and malty brown ale that pours closer to a black color. Light aroma but a really good flavor.
Shaggy4 (14) - Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pour, tall thick tan head, light sweet aroma. Medium brown in color, clear. Toasted malty and caramel flavors. Slight hops finish.
JohnGalt1 (535) - , Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I would never put this in the American brown category.... This should be an English Brown.
Pours with a nice tan head.. 1" ... The brew is crystal clear polished chestnut.
Nose is slight roasty qualities.. some good nutty notes and deep toast...
Flavor is very balanced... toasty malts... some roasted malt elements toward the finish that combine with a bit of minerally notes and seem only mildly (maybe in my head) astringent.. still plenty of roasted nut qualities throughout.. nice punch of earthy hops keep the whole brew in check.
Lite/medium body with a nice smooth carbonation.
Edit: I really like this one.. I am not sure about some of the negative reviews.. but I honestly really dig the malt driven brown ale right now.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"an above average brown ale, but not special enough to break through the style limitations. pours see-through brown with a thin tan head. aroma and flavor are well balanced and light. lots of roasted malt balanced with earthy hops and a touch of smoke. a nice session ale, more roasted than most browns."
Zymurgeist2 (1055) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich malt, overt chocolate and slight peat to it. Clear mahogany with off-white head. Smokiness and rich malts. Slight hop flavor of perfume and floral. Moderate high carbonation leads to a spritzy finish.
Bork (262) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Low on aromas but high on flavor. Lots of roasted coffee beans and some chocolate. Heavily malty yet not off balance. Rather spritzy.
Block (1461) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and malty. Smooth. Medium body. Medium carbonation. This beer is sweet, feels like fall. Caramel and chocolate. Pretty smooth. Not too roasted.