ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger light brown shade, starting off with a rocky texture, but becoming thinner and creamier as it recedes. Some lacing is left on the glass.
S: Fairly typical of a brown ale; nuttiness and chocolate are the dominant aromatic notes. I also notice a touch of fruit esters, and even some earthy hops.
T: There’s an initial nuttiness on the opening. This slowly transitions to a middle of caramel and a finish of earth, marzipan, and mild pine. Not interesting, but I find that many brown ales
don’t fit that criteria.
M: I like the creaminess at first...which turns into a less-than-desirable finishing chalkiness. On the plus side, decent dryness and carbonation makes it very easy to drink given its ABV.
O: It’s pretty solid. I kind of feel like saying "it’s not you, it’s me" due to the fact that it’s well made and well balanced, but not my thing. Brown ale fans will really like it.
Slayer85 (1050) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A clear medium brown beer, with a small, frothy, almost fully diminishing off-white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of toffee and some dried fruits. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, average carbonation, long finish with moderate bitterness, lightly alcoholic. A beautiful color that it’s not matched by a minimal and disappearing head. Mild aroma, but pleasant. The mouth experience is better, thanks to a quite good harmony. It is on the sweet side but it doesn’t exceed. It’s more enjoyable to drink than to smell.
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, 35.5cl) Hazy, copper to brown colour with a short and slightly tanned foamy head. Moderately toasted malty aroma with notes of caramel, nuts and a tinge of chocolate, accompanied by herbal hops. Mildly bitter and delicately sweet flavour, medium to light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dry-ish and mildly bready toast-malty taste with hints of toffee, traces of chocolate and herbal hoppy spice in the background; toasty and hop bitter finish with a mildly malty sweetness and notes of chocolate in the aftertaste. 01.IX.14
dlovell2 (772) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown / dark amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet toasted caramel with some fruity notes. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with raisins and dried fruit. Finishes crisp with light citrus. Smooth beer.
DrinkinWell (265) - - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an oranges brown with thin off-white head. Caramel, spices on the nose. Decent carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark citrus. Overall, a pleasing brown ale.
degbert (1115) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep red-brown with a high, fine-grained, soft cream-colored head with lace. Lots of visible carbonation. Nose is smoke, soy sauce, sage, rosemary, toast, and oak. Really nice baking chocolate up front, followed by savory notes and a whisky or dark rum-like smokiness. Lots of substance to it; not at all shallow or thin. Finish is long with a touch of toffee sweetness. I like this style when done well, and this is definitely done very, very well.
rollsrace (59) - - AUG 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a dark brown color, darker than most oktoberfest beers. This is not an ipa, but it has a bitter finish like one. Tasted on 10\18\2013
thomat (2055) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Dark amber with a tiny off white head. Malty and hoppy tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Medium body with a nice bitter finish.
Luvystypotables (655) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of malt, great looking beer, iced tea color with a thick creamy head. Sweet taste of malt with a watery feel and a malty palate.
EyeAmBaldman (229) - Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an iced tea color with a thin white head. Aroma is a tad malty with a bit of coffee and smoke. Taste is a bit of roasted malt, smoke, and a hint of coffee bitterness. This is a decent brown ale.
GIJOE (632) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a thin off-white head. Very malty on the nose; a little yeasty at first, but that settled down. Taste is sweet, like a root beer. Slight hop presence, particularly in the finish. Medium body. Mild carbonation. A little plain, but quite drinkable.