Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I don’t know why they trumpet that they brew this completely to the style/by the book. Try a little something more interesting. Because I was most disappointed in this of the three signature beers that I tried. Most importantly, there was so little substance here--no flavor came through, and it was even more a shrinking violet up against some food. It needs to be given some backbone, or just drop it and head to a porter/stout recipe. Bottle.
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is brown in color with a khaki head. Starts off with sweet toffee and toasted malt, a light nuttiness as well. There’s a mild roasted malt aroma and a hint of metal. Sweet caramel and toffee are the primary flavors of the beer, but there’s a bit of nuttiness, roast, and chocolate. Light metallic notes on the palate as well.
Trev (1899) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark brown with a medium tan head.
aroma is nutty, roasted matl, some woody hop.
Nice typical brown ale.
Body is a little light
Flavour is dark roast malt, light chocolate. Just enough bitterness All round decent brown ale.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a really light hop and roast scent. Taste is really smooth and has a nice blend of coffee and chocolate, decent.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 12-oz bottle supplied by distributor. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored ale with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malts, a hint of chocolate, slight roasted nuts and plenty of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, smooth, with some mild bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet, plenty of roasted dark malts, a short lived mild bitterness followed by some roasted nut aftertaste. The official released version is definitely better than the early sampled version during the Minnesota Winterfest earlier in the year.
BVery (5989) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Brown/amber pour with a white head. Caramel malt and nut. Overall a bit bland/mild. Just okay.
arminjewell (6101) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour on tap at Winterfest 2012, slightly hazy brown with slight off white head, aroma brought some mineral, hints of nuts and biscuit, touch of caramel, but not much else going on in this. Taste was very similarly watery, with a hint of caramel and nutty notes, maybe a touch of grass in there but very clean, sweet finish.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Winterfest 2012. Nutty, brown, easy drinking, and really nothing much more.
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2012. Brown color with a medium head. Very faint nutty aroma and flavor. Subdued.