dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a tasty beer. Lots of bite and nutty at all. Much better as an oatmeal brown than those nutty ones. Donít get any negatives from the can either. Excellent.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Brownish in color, heavy burnt brown sugar hues, large frothy beige head, attractive lacing.   Soft roasted malt nose, a bit of cocoa and milk sugar.   Seems bittersweet.   Doesnít appear to have much of a hop presense.   Smooth pale roasted malt start, subtle sweetness, a little cocoa too.   Did I mention smooth?   Some hop bitterness comes out at the finish.   Clean, soft coffee bean lingers.   This is perty darn good!   Many thanks to joebrew for sending me this wonderful creation!
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can via trade with brewso, many thanks. Pours deep brown lighter towards the bottom with a thick two finger tan head. The aroma is malty and robust with nice sugary notes. Taste is very rich, full of roasted malt, chocolate, and some sugar. Damn this is a good brown, now if I can try Darkness and the others Iíll be excited.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ty5592 for this one as part of Mystery Swap 2.0. Pours clear deep ruby with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of roast malt, big chocoff, cabernet, brown sugar, cola, hops. Tastes roasty malty, with big brown sugar, toffee, almond, cherry cola notes, and some cacao notes and finishing hops. This is my second Surly beer, and I am extremely impressed with these guys...and from a can, no less!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can from Jimbowood. Second time I have had this now, and both times I have enjoyed this brew. Itís a nice, quaffable beer. Flavor is nice, with some chocolate and toffee, and a nice hoppy finish. Interesting and delicious beer.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can. Sea salt and orange zest aroma. Wispy. Moist and fresh. Oat dust and lemon juice. Restrained. Pours a touching florid mahogany, with blood red fringe and a soapy tan head, creamy. Nice lacing. On the tongue, a robust kick of malty sugars and roasted malt. Begins with a salty sea oat sweep and then slides into a coarse and grainy tooth of grain, orange peel, toasted almond and sweet honey. The oat brings in great character to this brown. Not overly hoppy, in my opinion, a nice balance with some floral and resin bitterness in the back end. A rather quaffable and delicious brew. Nicely constructed.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 16oz can. Pours a dark brown, semi-transparent color with a massive serving of thick, well sustaining beige head. Nutty aroma of toasted peanut skins that are balanced nicely by a wave of perfumy hops that contain notes of marigold petals, gentle pine, and celery leaf. A bit of graham cracker and cookie dough support the malt aroma nicely. Light to medium bodied, silky smooth mouthfeel. Soft on the palate, but not overly chewy. The malt character is much stronger than the aroma let me believe. Plenty of toasted bread crust, hazelnut, and a hint of unsweetened bakerís chocolate give this a refreshingly dry palate. Clean finish, with a subtle white grapefruit hoppiness left lingering with some toasted oatmeal. A very satisfying example of the style without deviating to extremes. Thanks, Tom!
andrewtroth (25) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Old Chicago in Eagan. Dark caramel in appearance, smooth and mellow in the drinking. Powerful flavor without being heavy or syrupy.
kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can, via joebrew. Pours a clear brown colored body under a smallish brown fizzy head that faded to a patchy film. Some sticky lacing remained. Aroma is nutty and lightly roasted malts with a nice balancing hoppiness. Some chocolate, light alcohol, a little fruitiness, and a touch of vanilla. Very nice substantial flavor for a usually boring style. Lots of nutty grainy malt with a slightly roasty accent up front. Moderately dry finish with a nice lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, fairly dry with moderate soft fizzy carbonation. Almost creamy in texture. A damn fine Brown Ale. Never thin or watery and had enough hops to make itself stand out among the crowd. This is my highest rated Brown Ale, and it deserves it.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma and flavor are toasted caramel and toffee malts with a slight hoppiness. Again, not sure of cans age but Iím not getting the crisp hoppiness others mention. Thus leaving this brew a normal brown and nothing special.