mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mine came exploding out of the bottle but after that it was pretty good. Dry, coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel. Nice bitterness and sweet combo. Slight infected sting which took away from it’s smooth character but almost made it a sour brown. I know my description of it may sound horrible but it was very good. I liked it.
MrTapeworm99 (13) - Sonora, California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet roasted malt flavor, kinda syrupy. Goes great with vanilla ice cream. Not much of a head so I give it a 3 just because I think any dark beer looks good in a glass.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours out a deep brown color with ruby highlights, the head Bunyanesque in size, semi-creamy in texture, the color a light tan and the lace a fine sealing sheet to hide the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grain, caramel, and black walnut sweetness pervades the nose, crisp, fresh and delightful this nose, start is quite sweet, rich in malt with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, the hops appetizing in their spiciness, droughty aftertaste that is pleasing to the palate, a nice change of pace and a quaffable brew tis’ true.
Dwalsh1542 (24) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer several times...just getting around to rating it. Poured out of a growler filled at the brew pub. Pours a dark rich, coffee brown. Light off white head. Aroma is roasted barley. Taste is caramel, coffee and slight booze on the aftertaste. Good beer!
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle, this actually seems more like a porter than a brown ale. It is very dark, almost black, red-brown with a huge light tan head that is long-lasting but leaves only very weak lace. The aroma is like a porter, first grain then coffee, chocolate, brown bread and nuts. The taste us slightly unusual at first but then settles down into a porter-like quality of sweet brown bread, a hint of prunes, chocolate, coffee and a hint of wine. It’s a bit tingly and in the end the qualities of nuts and prunes take over. It’s enjoyable, tasty, and drinkable, but a little on the boring side.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
malty(but not sweet) T1 malty bitter T2 bitter porter T3 & Tf, §cmplx, anytime beer.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 what the... this, IMHO, was their best brew, and i’m surprised at the low scores. one of the best, most flavorful, rich browns i’ve had in a while. tasted bigger than it’s 5.6%. roasted malt, chocolate. well done."
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Something that quickly became apparent about this brew is that it has a very porter-like quality to it. It’s like a mild porter but very thin body. Not your typical brown ale.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear medium brown with a creamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel notes. Tastes of nut bread with a caramel finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Snowshoe. Pours a deep, clear cola color; solid, fine-bubbled off-white head. Pleasant caramel and softly roasted malts in the aroma; just enough mineral/earthy bitterness. Medium to medium-light body; modest CO2; like their other staples, very drinkable and, maybe, just a touch undercarbonated for the style but not inappropriate. Chewy caramel and (again) lightly roasted malts; along with a basic earthy and mineral bitterness; clean fermentation (just a bit of red fruit), very drinkable; could easily pound this. Medium-length finish: caramel, toasty roasted malt, light chocolate.