DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with whaleman, thanks David!) This flavorful brown ale is nutty, sweet and mildly roasty, but there is an obvious yeastiness permeating the flavor, putting a slight damper on the finish of this beer. The nose is sweet and very nutty. Medium bodied, slick and smooth on the palate. Medium-dark brown in color, but fairly clear. The light tan head settles to a ring. Didn’t care for it too much at first, but this really grew on me as I kept taking sips while listening to Twisted Christmas Tunes.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thanks Degarth.
Aroma was very metallic, like a tap that hasn’t been cleaned. Pour was nice dark brown off white head. Flavor was much better. A lot of malt, slightly sweet and nutty. Palate was ok, a little thick. Overall very drinkable just not a superior.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a thin dense head. Aroma-well, it smells like a nutty brown ale. Go figure. Tastes fairly rich for a brown ale. Notes of nuts, very light smoke, medium sweetness. Rather thick syrupy palate.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Darkening, red-brown with a wispy gray and tan film…rich and darkly charred toast aroma, mostly unpleasant. Body is pretty decent, but the flavours where along the same lines as the aroma: burnt hops and blackened caramel with hints of toasted grain and brown sugar. On the below average end of the brown ales that I have sampled.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, brown body, thin brown head. Odd aroma of oily nuts, lightly sweet brown sugar, toasted grains and (unidentifiable by me) off aromas. Very light hop character, but hints of pine and earthy perfume. The body is rounded, but ultimately a little thin. Sweet and malty, with a toasted grain and lightly roasted character. The sweetness is counterbalanced by a hefty dose of slick, oily malt, combined with the relatively light hop bitterness at finish. An average brown ale that is easily passed over.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle, courtesy of Kevin) Pours a medium brown body with a off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some caramel and nuts. Flavor of malt and caramel. A bit thin with a somewhat bitter finish.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2005
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Creative busy packaging but a really lame beer. The color is definately correct for a "nut" brown ale, there was little to no head, impressivley low carbonation, but a rancid roasted malt flavor leaving little to the imagination and the palate to appreciate.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sharp grassy aroma. Amber/brown with a thin white head. Light sweet cereal malts in the fore followed by an odd and out of place spiciness in the finish. It’s different I guess.
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 5, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
purple tinted brown pour with a thin light tan head. sweet peanut nose. taste is watery, very chalky mouthfeel. has graveyard dead quality like it is flat. some light nut flavor and sweetness, but nothing worth cracking nother bottle open to get at.
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a weak, cola-brown with a slight but creamy tan head that fades fast. Burnt & nutty aroma with a splash of lemon. I swear I taste Poblano peppers. Otherwise, all I can pick out is unsweetened iced tea and cereal malts. A weak effort all-around. Would probably be just fine washin’ down some chili, but it doesn’t really stand on it’s own.
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