Tmoney99 (9645) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can trade from shigadeyo. Poured clear brown with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate Moderate sweet toasted nut aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium sweet smooth flavor with a medium bitteersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
TheEpeeist (3058) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can. Pours up a nice tan head atop a clear, burgundy brown. Smells yummy enough; brown sugar, grapes, dates and spruce. Iím not a big fan of browns but this is good. Burnt caramel and cocoa, clementines with light soap. Fine carb. Body could be a bit firmer but still chewy as is. Lingering vanilla and oats.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for the can, Shannon!
Sweet looking 16oz can. Very dark but clear mahogany. Lasting froth. Aroma primarily chocolate, some sweet fruity. The flavor is a dark ipa. moves dry to sweeter, mellow to more bitter, chocolate, toasted nut, something tangy i canít put my finger on (melon?) leaves a long lingering northwestern hop bite. Watery in texture compared to what i expected from the flavor.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to HawkEye19 for this beer. Poured mahogany with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of piney earthy hops wtih a bit of fruity sweetness. Flavor is surprisingly dry and hoppy up front, with notes of earthy grassy hops. Flavor shifts a bit to a light fruitiness with a bit of molasses... not as chocolatey as the can advertises, but more reminiscent of a doppelbock. In fact, as I drank this, I couldnít help but wonder how close Iíd come to the taste if I mixed a slightly above-par session IPA with a decent doppelbock. The sweetness came out more as it warmed, adding layers to the complexity. I imagine that if I had drunk this cold, I would have gotten nothing but dry bland hops. Became very complex and tasty as it approached room temperature, but the somewhat one-dimensional introduction to it I got when I poured it at cellar temperature kept my overall impression only mildly above par. A beer I will have to revisit as I go through the four-pack.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
via trade with badgerben - this is what i expect from a brown ale...to me one of the most underrated beer styles. nice malty sweetness....caramel malts, slight roast, some nuttiness. crisp hop bitterness balances it out without overtaking the malt flavor. solid offering
dogfishho (562) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark though not unexpected brown color through which only very little light shines through. Thereís a thin, brownish white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is thin, and not very pleseant. Notes of hops and steel come through. The metallic notes also come through on the flavor, unfortunately. Thereís also a great deal of sweet coffee, and roasty malts with a nice balance of hops to make up for it, though. The mouthfeel is very, very nice. Creamy, but thin and refreshing at the same time. Overall, Iíd have to say itís a better than average brown that could be great if it werenít served in a can.
IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can, 16 oz from hellomynameis; nose of rye toast, caramelized sugar, and faint hops; dark walnut colored with a small tan head; flavor of whole wheat, lightly roasted, caramel, with a malty finish which slowly fades to a little hop bitterness. Excellent brown,
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Filled with vanilla and barley/oat richness. Itís like a blend of doppelbock and oatmeal stout. Super, super smooth.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz. can. more hoppy than most brown ales. great looking brew with an off white head and plentiful lacing sitting atop the brown liquid. kinda sweet but the palate is oh so creamy. good stuff.
Slurricane (15) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Actually it wasnít as good as I was expecting. Had it on tap at Green Mill, MPLS. The glass I had was really carbonated....in a bad way. The flavor was excellent, but could not overcome the biting carbonation. I could really taste the chocolate more so the the other reviews have claimed.