rubbishystuff (1565) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From beer temple. Really this is almost a porter it is so robust. pretty good stuff big roasted flavor and a smooth palate. Serving: bottle
DrSilverworm (2726) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, batch #17. Shared by beerpig317. Brown color. Thin light khaki head. Little lace. Nice earthy herbal hop note to this. Definitely more hoppy than your standard brown. Hint of spice (bit of cinnamon). Light hint of chocolate. Bigger body. Some smooth, soft carbonation. More dry in the finish. Moderate bitter, some light spice, lighter sweet taste. Good, hoppy, bigger brown ale.
b3shine (2249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter (thanks Beerpig317). Looks good; a dark brown with light beige lacing. Smells of dark malt and hops with notes of roast and nuttiness. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. A good example of the style.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. This pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, brown sugar, brown cookie malts. Strong citrus hop presence. Flavor is solidly bitter, with otherwise strong malt backing. Flavor is strong citrus hops, oatmeal cookies, brown malt, some coffee. Some chocolate and some mild coffee as well. Medium bodied. Nice, full carbonation. Finishes somewhat hoppy. This is great.
rhsiung (314) - USA - MAR 16, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
on tap @ 2 sparrows beer dinner. nice, but not as nice as the port arista it was paired with.
jstraw (1661) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber at Jerryís. Black with light, creamy, brown head / Musty, complex nose of weed, roast barley, coffee, and chocolate / Medium to full body, chewy and mostly dry, but with good fruit, excellent balance and big, bitter finish / Flavors of toasty barley, cocoa, dark roast coffee, prune, blackberry, and a hint of dark green herb (sage, rosemary?) / One of the best browns that Iíve had, although thatís because itís really a dry stout, and better than most.
tmoreau (1625) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dispensed to samplers by the "Spiteful" boys at Old School Tavern & Grill in Forest Park, IL. as part of the 1st Annual Tale of Two Parks pub crawl. Displayed a dark brown, amber highlighted color, with a modest amount of light tan head foam, and ribbons & spots of lacing. The nose was toasty, mocha, but mainly on the chocolate side, caramel, and a noticeable citrus and lesser resiny hop character. Medium bodied, moderately bitter, and fairly carbonated, the flavor added a touch of sweetness, but was lightly dry on the finish. Amped hop favorably distinguished this from most pedestrian examples of this style.
msalm (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ooof. This oneís gonna smack you in the mouth; I liked it. Super fresh, wet nose with nutty notes. Beautiful, thick lacing with a thin head and brown/black body. Amazingly, the massive hoppy oomph does not leave behind sticky resin. The beer enters, fills your mouth with fizzy carbonation and bitter, toasted and mild dark chocolate notes, and then leaves with a lingering, light smokey exit. My tongue was a little fried by the end of the bomber, and if I had a criticism, itíd be that I had some plastic notes on my palate on occasion. Still, overall, a highly drinkable, big presence beer.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys SL (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice dark brownish pour, a mellow haziness as light and glow still pass through. A gentle glowing amber edge and bottom at times, perhaps a bit more coppery. A loose tannish head atop dies to a film and laces small. Aromas offer a good kick of hops, telltale earthy brown malts are bready, carmelized, and a bit soil-y. Firm citrus, florals, and gentle cocoa kick provide some interest. Initial is medium bodied, a decent base with a good bitterness, richer hop feel up front. Citrusy lemons, florals, and a bit of earth. A gentle dankness, a bit of piney resinous qualities. Brown malt, soil, and carmelized and earthy elements into the middle. Some sweet sticky caramel, but the hops do their job here. A bit toasty, earthy, sweet. Backend gets dry again, some cocoa malts tail from middle to backend well, a bit sweet then dry. Richer hop dryness into the finish, lemons and some grapefruit, florals, resiny. A pretty well put together beer, a lot of hops and fairly fresh make it not quite your typical Brown, more like an IBA. Pretty nice.
Pawola22 (3104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binnyís Lakeview. Batch #4. Pours a deep brown colored body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice with plenty of pine hops, cocoas, toasty caramels, some roasts, and a few citrus hints. Flavor is similar. Well hopped with lots of citrus pines, but nicely balanced with a good amount of cocoa, some toasty caramels, and a few roasts. Finishes dry, moderately bitter, lightly roasted, and somewhat citrusy before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, I was a big fan of this one. Well hopped with lots of citrusy pines, but a solid cocoa and brown malt backing to keep things balanced. Nice one.