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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2006
A nice malty aroma that smells sweeter than the beer is. Pours a dark amber brown. A light to medium bodied beer with a smooth foamy feel in the mouth. Toasted malt flavor with some caramel. A bitter that is a bit more than I expected, but not a bad beer. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneakyalien (2) - Brevard, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2006 does not count
Very middle-of-the-road, this beer pours a quite tasty head. I enjoyed the finish and the carbonation levels don’t bother me. PLus, I really like this brewery’s enthusiasm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Clear light chestnut color with a tall beige head. Tart chocolate and caramel aromas. With the taller head and tart aroma I fear a possible infection. My fears are quelled by a soft bittersweet chocolate flavor with a Light pine undertone. Not your average brown. Reminds me of DFH in a way. Not too heavy on the sweeter malts and a nice balance of pine, citrus and chocolate and black malt. Truly one of the better browns I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2006
I think this would have been a very good brown if not for the extreme carbonation. Pours a deep brown color with a head that foams forever. It took me about 15min to get this into a glass as I could only pour a few ounces at a time and then waited for the head to settle. Aroma has plenty of malt and roasted tones. Flavor has more bitterness than I have experianced in other browns, but there is still plenty of maly backbone to balance it out. Carbonation in the mouth detracts from the flavor as you want to swallow to stop the bubbling. I was not going to rate this at first for fear of a bad bottle, but after reading that others have had the same experiance I believe it is just a charecteristic of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2006
I hate to sound like that Oaks jackass but I’m just not that big on browns. This one pours dark, dark brown with a huge brown head. They could have called it a porter. The aroma is malt and chocolate. A sip reveals that it is indeed well hopped, but only in the bitterness. The dark malts still dominate the flavor. The mouthfeel is exagerated by overcarbonation. Overall, good for a brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 I am not that impressed by this brewer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malts and light chocolate. The flavor is rather bitter and has moderately strong roasty malts and a bit of coffee. The finish is bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear brown color with a foamy tan head. Aroma is roasty and nutty with some chocolate. Tart up front. Flavor is dominated by roasty malt, but there is also a hint of chocolate. Dry and medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Large frothy tan head... cola-like brown body. Aroma has citrusy rindy hops turn into rusty water and soap. Deeper, concentrated inhales yield a dry lactic character. Taste is kind of sudden with the dry lactic, instantly combined with earthy sour hops. Dry chocolate in the finish. Kind of an awkward taste to me. It tastes (to me) like they did something they shouldn’t have somewhere in the process. Maybe its the hops... There’s just a dry sour character I don’t care for. After a while it grows on you though. However, in the absence of that the beer would be even less interesting :(

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 An <a/href=http://www.workinlate.com/images/beer/p head with pearl-like bubbles forms rocky, tan peaks over a light-hazed copper/mahogany body. Aroma is musty with lemon & light nuts. Later, dishsoap freshness meets dishrag skank. Quaffing the head reveals harsh grapefruit hops (why won’t this head die???) , but body flavor is smoke & lime with earthen murk. Also holds a sharp, sour fruitiness more associative to a Lambic or Sour than a simple Brown.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2006
A brownish black appearance with a reddish hue. The aroma is cocoa powder like sniffing a box of Nesquick and some toffee and nutmeg notes. The flavor is quite sour with some brown sugar, caramel, and dark chocolate. I like my browns a little sweeter and less sour but overall this is a pretty good beer.

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