phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Draft at the brewery. 4.8% ABV. Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with an inch-thick beige head that leaves some sloppy lace in the glass. Aroma of huge toasted malts, pecans, toasted brown sugar, wheat, and earth. Flavor of toasted malts- more subtle than in the nose- along with earth, nuts, and cola. Medium-bodied, with a toasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very much an American-style brown ale, and a damn good one at that. This really hit the spot.
twothumbs (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice brown with good malt. I felt this was less hoppy than many American Brown’s I’ve had and more English in taste, but overall a very nice offering from a promising start-up.
seymour (1495) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 04/09/2012 I tried this again on tap at a bar, and it was much, much better this time. Very malty, strong earthy and flowery hops, no longer overwhelmingly grapefruity. Nice deep color, creamy and persistent off-white head with lace and chill haze. Caramel malt and kettle caramelization, toasty and roasty grain bitterness, raisin bread, plums, smooth and tart at the same time, long-lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Deliciously chocolatey. Civil Life obviously amended their early issues on this bad boy.
02/04/2012 Tasted at the 1st annual Urban Chestnut - Wolpertinger festival in St. Louis, MO, USA from tap into sampler beer boot. Poured a clear dark brown color with moderate white foam. I’m glad they called it "American Brown" because grapefruity hops dominate the aroma and flavor, which isn’t necessarily bad, but definitely not a typical English Brown Ale. Fermentation seems a bit off. Something weird and tart, more like a Dunkelweiss, perhaps due to the particular chocolate malt or roasted barley used, maybe even a mild infection. Good not great.
BOSSbrewer (2066) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Somewhat metallic and tinny. Had this at their tap room in saint Louis Fall 2012. Everything I tasted was good to great.
DiarmaidBHK (3597) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at PI Pizzeria.purs dark brown with a half inch of khaki foam that leaves a lot of lacing. Slight malty note on the nose which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. . Big malt, roasts, nutty notes on the tongue. Finishes clean. Very tasty!
Finhead (1242) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma has raisin and molasses with some lightly roasted coffee. It has a medium body with smooth texture and lively carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with some roasted dark chocolate in the finish.
Frank (3091) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The St. Louis locals seemed pretty enamored with this beer and for good reason. It is a great beer. It is amber to brown in the glass and the head leaves lots of lace as it slowly dissipates. The nose is earthy, herbal hops. There is a great depth to the malt character w/o being sweet, which I feel is something only very good brewers ever achieve. It is light bodied w/o being watery and finishes w/ a firm earthy bitterness. This would definitely be a regular purchase if I could make it to the brewery regularly.
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewery.
Pours a dark reddish brown with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is roasty with some coffee and chocolaty notes. Lightly hoppy and lightly nutty.
The flavor is roasty and nutty with a good coffee character. It’s got a decent level of hop bitterness and fruity character.
This brown ale lifts!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 10/29/11. Pint from the Brewpub. Pours filtered with a deep amber, brown hue. Thick dense finger width of light khaki head. Aromas of cocoa dust and chocolate, with slight nutty and coffee nuances. Medium bodied with a really nice flavor. A ton of chocolate malts with a sweet fudge and caramel flavor. A bright and slightly bitter effervescence offsets the sweet malts and amps up the diverse palate. Doughy yet crisp with a mild hop profile. The palate is sticky, dry and tangy. Good roll. Mildly spicy and peppery. Mild coffee acidity and the slightest dried, dark fruit nuance. Solid brew!
hopscotch (9727) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Draft… RBSG 2014... Hazy dark-brown pour with mahogany highlights and a brief, white head. The aroma is loaded with coffee and provides just enough chocolate to create an excellent mocha character. Full-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is rich and roasty with heaps of hearty mocha and a slight caramel component. Lengthy coffee finish with a light kiss of butterscotch in the aftertaste.