daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 :(
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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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Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Pours deep mahogany with medium off-white head. The aroma is sugary malt, not as hoppy as the commercial description implies. The flavor is quite woody and tannic with light malt sweetness and a bit of hops. It’s kind of astringent up front, then there’s lots of burnt toast and some bitter chocolate, and a really ashtray-esque finish. Not great.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent aroma of fruit. Bron body with good head that lasted thoughout the beer. Flavor had a juciy plub flavor along with a medium hop bitterness to it. Fruity palate and decent brew,
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-brown with a thin head. Strong aromas of biscuity malts and some herbal hops. Chocolate is immediately evident and complemented by toasty malts and a touch of citrus. Fairly bitter, hop driven finish. Complex and subtle with a good blend of malts.