Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid mahogony color with a big ol’ creamy head, so casually wasted down the drain by the ditzy bartender at an otherwise good beer bar in Hampton VA. This was nutty and woody, smooth, with a bitter edge. Classic brown ale.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of sweet caramel, dark fruit. Tastes of pepper, spice, some sweet malt.
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chestnut brown, with a nice head. Nice aroma of walnuts and black pepper, with a touch of molasses thrown in. Same elements in the flavor, too - plus a note of toffee. Crisp, mildly hoppy finish. Not bad at all. Sampled at the 2005 Asheville Brewer’s Jam.
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at St. George Brewing in their sampling room. Nice dark brown body. Nose was great! Cocoa, strong nuttiness, rich malts and faint hops. Taste was just as good as the aroma. More nuttiness with a dark chocolate hint and a strong malt backbone. Body was full and almost creamy in parts. Finishes with light hops, more malt, and light nuttiness. Good stuff!
kramer (5910) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown body with a one finger fizzy beige head that had decent retention. Nutty and slightly grainy nose with some nice chocolate notes. Kinda grainy with a underlying cooked veggie note though. The flavor is mostly nutty malt and moderate bitter hops that come out on the back end with some cocoa notes. A little muddled. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with fizzy moderate carbonation. Just another below average Brown Ale. Not a whole lot of character here.
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was the best of the dragon six pack I got from them. Better than the rest, but not up to par. Pours brown with a soapy tan head. The aroma is dusty and dirty with some roasty / toasty aspects, basement mustiness and light coffee bitterness. Medium body that’s lightly slick with gentle carbonation. The flavor starts a bit watery with dark malt and light nuttiness. The finish has a bit of spice and a touch of butter. Fair. The thing that is amusing to me is I was sitting next to two people chatting at a bar, one of which being a rep for St. George - he was talking about the importance of quality in the beer. Seriously. The six pack I got was from a very reputable store that had only been open two weeks. Frustrating.
obguthr (5699) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark color for a brown ale. The pour produced no head despite my best efforts. It had a pronounced and delightful aroma, more typical of a stout. Unlike a stout however, it was not heavy or thick. It bears quite a resemblance to Sam Adams Black Lager, which I rated recently. The flavor is much more smoky and finishes with a nice hop kiss. I was very pleased. Brewed locally, I can get it in the local Farm Fresh grocery store.
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tea brown, bad clipart label. Dry, grassy, yeasty-graham aroma. Graham cracker sweetness, medium bitterness, light astringency. Blind, I would have guessed that this was a Vienna. Some faint cherry tones in the finish. Medium body. Meh - kinda minor league. On tap, Capital Ale House, Richmond.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown chestnut with a bunch of amber notes and a medium creamy bubbly tan head that left lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, nuts, light citrus notes, vanilla and some dark fruits. Flavor of caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, toasted malt, nuts, light spicy hop character along with some citrus, vanilla and some hop bitterness. This may be my own opinion, but with American in the title I want to see more citrus floral hops in the nose and a touch more bitterness. Dont get me wrong the malt character in this beer is nice. The chocolate notes in the aroma and flavor are both really nice. So in the end...a really solid beer, just want more hops in my American Browns.
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Retro’s Good Eats in Colonial Williamsburg. This is a hot dog joint which boasts a "Retro’s Draft Lager" on tap - the only beer they serve. The commercial description is: "Brewed to bring out the best taste of our all Black Angus beef hot dogs, by our friends at St. George’s Brewery" Turns out, it’s just the Brown Ale. Not that great as a stand alone beer, but in all fairness it does complement the hot dogs extremely well. Pours a clear coppery-brown with ample, sustainable light-tan head. Nose of malt and corn. Malty backbone with a nutty flavor and evident spicy hoppiness.