ThisWangsChung (826) - 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: Thereís 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
donít 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: Itís pretty solid. I kind of feel like saying "itís not you, itís me" due to the fact that itís well made and well balanced, but not my thing. Brown ale fans will really like it.
NikkTwist (1774) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Clear copper pour with a large frothy off-white head. Only sporadic lace. Decent brown ale. Feels juicier than most, though maybe just a bit too sugary for the style. Dark amber fruit. Queen Anne cherries. Chocolate oranges. Golden raisins. Vanilla celery. Light molasses caramels. Faint hints of leather and cigarettes. Succulent finish. Would make for a good session beer.
fombe89 (138) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella @El Lķpulo Feroz, Oviedo ............................................ 23/01/2015
mikedR (1382) - 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. Thereís nothing here that says "Iím the bestest ever," but the flip side, there is nothing wrong with this beer either. Solid.
malvrich (34) - 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 Iíve 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 (102) - - 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 (2910) - 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 (739) - 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 (554) - 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 (1771) - 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 (837) - 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.