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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
An American brown ale brewed with loads of hops from start to finish (it’s hoppy and beautifully bitter). Amarillo hops in the boil provide a spicy citrusy bitterness. Saaz dry hops in the fermentor provide a refined flowery aroma. These hops are supported by a grain bill of seven varieties of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Alright, but nothing to write home about. It is complex and hoppy but I generally prefer a bit more maltiness in my brown ales. This one could use a little more malt sweetness to balance it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bigtime overcarbonation problem with this bottle. I ended up ditching about half a glass full of head and cleaning up a big mess. Some sort of acidic flavor or something in this one. I really wasn’t a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2006
This one has a tan-colored head, with a dark mahogany-brown, body. The head is soapy. It is an interesting beer: spicy, nutty - hazelnut - aroma, but it is also very perfume-infused and a little off-putting. Full, spicy flavor with strong cocoa notes in addtion to Old Spice cologne. Surprisingly dry and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Courtesy of a trade with TurdFerguson. Thanks, Sam! Pours a hazy, cherry-brown with an enormous khaki head. Plenty of milk chocolate in the aroma; floral hops, some tea-like qualities. Medium mouthfeel, crisp carbonation and upfront bitterness on the tongue; bubbly mid-section, like a chasm between the hops and the malts full of bubbles; surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale; malt core shows some chocolate, roasted/charred character; a bit too light to balance things out, however. Finish is light-to-medium, showing dark chocolate and some lingering floral bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Re-rate. Pours a dark copper brown with ruby hues. Two finger creamy tan head. Leaves a slight lace. The nose isn’t very forward, hoppy notes and sweet malt. The flavor is more pronounced. Definitely a well hopped brown, sweet malt provides a nice balance, nutty and earthy, slight toffee. Nice mouthfeel, full and well carbonated. Finishes waxy. An interesting brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Draft... NTB Ernesto Festo ’06... Hazy mahogany ale with a large, frothy, beige head. Great, creamy retention. The aroma is chocolate, toasted malts, caramel and roasted nuts. Mildly sweet, herbal flavor with brown sugar, chocolate, citrus and singed grains. Medium-bodied and velvety with moderate carbonation. Lightly burnt, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3409) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Pours a dark ruby brown body with a large, long-lasting foamy head. The aroma is nutty malts. The flavor is actually a little on the dry side. It’s a bit overcarbonated which covers up some of the flavor. Not bad, but could use a little less carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle from ross - brown/copper pour with substantial head - somewhat weak aroma of roasted nuts, cocoa and a dried herb quality - dry and moderately bitter, with hints of cocoa, caramel, hazelnut - finishes even more dry, with some burnt coffee in the background, a touch of wood - not a bad effort, but not something I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Color is brown with a 1/4 inch tan head. Aroma is mainly caramel, a bit nutty with a slight bit of chocolate. Taste is a bit chocolatey, with slight butterscotch and caramel, and a light tinge of coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly on the fizzy side but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle from Ross! Thanks! Nose of caramel, chocolate and a little coffee. Transparent dark brown with a large tan head; Bitter hop flavor with some coffee notes. Smells different than it tastes.

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