kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 isnít 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.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... NTB Ernesto Festo í06... 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.
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. Itís a bit overcarbonated which covers up some of the flavor. Not bad, but could use a little less carbonation.
notalush (5513) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Sweet malts in the aroma with some chocolate notes. It may be just my imagination, but as with all D.R. beers, I thought I detected a little lactose like they put in their milk stout. I didnít get the hops that they claim, but I may try this one again- perhaps my bottle was old. This had a nice full body, especially for a brown ale. As for appearance, it was as pretty as they come. A nice lasting tan head nestled into the deep mahogany body.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Ross! Thanks! Pours deep brown liquid, topped with a one inch off white foam that lasts. Zero lace. Aromas of Czech hops with milk chocolate, roasted barley, almonds. Tastes like sweet nuts covered in milk chocolate. There is also soft, subtle spicy hop component, lasting through to the finish. Semi sweet nutty aftertaste. These guys seem to tackle styles that arenít that easy to make, and do it well enough, that Iíd buy it in stores if I could. Great! Thanks Ross!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from my brother-in-lawís beer of the month delivery! - Pours dark brown with a pretty nice tan head that stays well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of nuts, caramel, some chocolate, and some roasted malts. Flavor is al of the aroma plus some hops on the finish that were there for a reason. Decent bitter finish to a sweet malty nutbrown. Palate is creamy and pretty full bodied. Very nice for the style!