Dogbrick (6058) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at The Taphouse in Hampton. This brew is a clear dark brown color with a medium thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, hops and citrus. Light-bodied with flavors of grainy malt, hops and a touch of coffee. The finish is sweet with a caramel malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
60minuteman (432) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown opaque color. Nice tan head and lacing. Some hops, chocolate, coffee in the aroma but it is really unique because of the floral and citrus notes. Doesn’t taste like a brown necessarily, it has a definite roast flavor, possibly nuts or oak. I get some urine aromatic notes at this point. And that lasting aftertaste...very smooth. Interesting beer.
thunderhops (214) - Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with off white head and tons of lace. Aroma is light hops and malts with light chocolate. Taste is sweet malts, mild spice, plenty of bitterness seems more akin to a black IPA. Medium body with dry, sticky bitter finish
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber/light brown with a khaki head. Toasted bread, some hints of caramel, and a fair amount of roast. Some earthy and floral hops, metal, and water. Light bitterness to the flavor. Roasted malt, light bread sweetness, a touch of caramel, and a fair amount of metal. Watery/thin mouthfeel, some floral hops, a light earthiness, and burnt nuts.
woodychevy (96) - - MAR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Howard’s pub in Ocracoke. decent middle of the road ale- not too heavy, or dark, or filling, or anything really.......not sure I quite understand the "brown ale" style- just seems to be having a minor identity crisis. Not quite a porter, but not a pale ale. decent flavor of coffee and chocolate- some hoppiness but not too bitter. somewhat refreshing- sort of like a darker beer you would still drink in the summer. Unfortunately HC pluff mud has that category all wrapped up for me.
TizzleJizzle (375) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a brown color (surprise, surprise) with a huge frothy tan head and superb lacing. Complex taste of toasted nuts (haha laugh it up jackasses), with a strong floral, grassy finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. Complex but a little too hoppy for this style imo
snoworsummer (354) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a very light head. Light body and carbonation. Tastes like coffee beans. Could use a little more flavor and aroma.
bartlebier (463) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
back catalogue from US craft tour IX2012: bottle @Belga Cafe, Washington D.C. -
Decent brown ale, dry palate with dominant caramel notes and solid hop/malt base. Nothing spectacular, not my best choice to have this before my shellfish meal, but enjoyable in its own right.
JDBaker11058 (922) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: muddy caramel brown with a huge rocky, bubbly light tan head that crowned magnificently and shrank reluctantly, leaving great swathes of lace. Aroma: grapefruit and pine hop notes over strong, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, and toast. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, with bitter citrusy hops, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, and pine needles. Finish: smooth, medium-dry, with lingering notes of roasty, bitter dark chocolate. Notes: Thought this was way too bitter for the style at first, but as it warmed a bit the malt bill really came to the forefront to balance some of that bitterness with roasty, toasty flavors that didn’t so much provide sweetness as equanimity. Not the best brown ale I’ve had, but as with so many other offerings from this brewery, it’s solidly competent.
Lukaduke (1021) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rich maple syrup amber color with a two finger sticky eggshell foam. On the nose is a lot of toasted bread and caramel malt and some complex earthiness. On the palate its toasted burnt bread, caramel sweetness is balanced and round with touch of bitterness coming through on the back end cleaning up the finish... nice lingering tea and earthy grain.