mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid brown ale through and through. There’s nothing here that says "I’m the bestest ever," but the flip side, there is nothing wrong with this beer either. Solid.
malvrich (96) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Crystal clear copper/mahogany. Sort of pale for a brown. No visible carbonation. Half finger of quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing though.
S: Mild chocalate, caramel or is it toffee? Very slight roastiness. No discernible hop presence in the nose.
T: Immediately roasty, chocalatey and surprisingly almost no sweetness. I dislike a lot of sweetness in beer but I miss a little of it in this style. A nice subtle hop tartness on the finish compensates nicely here though.
M: Medium body with a good amount of finely beaded carbonation to tingle the tongue. Sticky finish but still pretty clean overall.
O: Another good brown ale I’ve come across lately. Comparing this to Duck Rabbit Brown and slightly favoring DR due largely to a lower ABV.
Very good overall though and well worth purchasing.
Filipbeer (116) - - JAN 10, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ruby brown color. Short head.
Simply aroma: roasty and a bit fruity. Unpleasant vegetable note.
In mouth it is bitter and it has medium carbonation. Watery sensation and very plane mouthfeel.
superspak (3328) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/1/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
ttoadee (927) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light brown, small off white head. Nose is malt and light nuts. Bittersweet Middle is solid malt backbone, medium roast, more nuts and a hint of alcohol. Finish dries from both alcohol and hops.
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light beige weak head. Brown colour. Aroma is malty, fruity with prunes and light roasty notes. Aroma is malty with red fruits and licorice tones, ending in a moderately hoppy and slightly roasty finish. Medium bodied.
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Commercial description has it about right. That said, the 6.7% abv did a very good job of hiding as I found it very hard to detect. Hops subdued for mine whereas the toffee and malts was very obvious.
jw0406 (903) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a brown color with a small white head. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, light hops. Medium bodied, very smooth.
TBone (13829) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Beer Hunters.
Deep copper color, good off-white creamy head. Caramel and herbal grassyness in the nose. Light-bodied to medium-bodied. Caramel, some earthy hoppyness. Some alcohol. A bit odd cellary notes.
mjs (5208) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Keg at Kaisla, 20141222) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had caramel, molasses and something metallic. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, molasses, grass, caramel and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. A harsher brew that I would like a brown ale to be.