Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
Most of the time when American breweries try to do a brown ale it either becomes dull and boring or diverges so far from its British siblings to almost be a completely different style. This one manages to retain the essence of a sessionable brown ale while adding its own North American slant. Hopefully other breweries are taking notes.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep chestnut brown base soaks up the light like a wood paneled library at sunset. Weak strands of ivory head offer little resistance for the rye, toasted almonds, bread, and malts that define the heart of this light profile.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, milk, hazel, and creamer provide a mixture of breakfast options. Soon the profile transforms into a polished mildly bitter texture that lingers lightly on the throat. While it would immediately stand out from a typical cask brown ale the overall experience still keeps the essence even as Three Notch’d puts their own mark on the style. By a hair this managed to be the best sample of the night.
Nickls (2168) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Fluffy slightly off-white head, deep ruby dark copper brown. Dark fruit, leafy hops, slight toast and coffee in the aroma. Flavor is def solid, toasty, leafy, dark fruit, earth and toast, small chocolate, and toffee. Lighter to medium slick body. Nicely drinkable.
Maverick34 (2787) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Casked from Paradiso. Pours brown, nice malty vertebrae. Some chocolate. Pretty good ale.
TylerGreenDC (670) - - NOV 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. No discernable aroma. Flavors are all coffee and mocha/bakers chocolate. Bit of cola on the finish, but fortunately only a wee bit. Pretty wonderful.
radagast83 (6334) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at Spacebar. Poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was lots of malt, caramel, light toasted notes. Flavor was malt, caramel, toasted notes and light coffee. interesting.
hershiser2 (1688) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Escafe.
Pours brown, small head.
Aromas of caramel malts, leaves, roasted nuts.
Taste is yummy caramel, light fruit, light coffee, light nuttiness. Damn, this is delicious. By far my favorite offering from the brewery so far.
GenDV138 (4588) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz pour on draft at The Whiskey Jar. Dark amber/brown with off-white head. Aromas of malt, caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel, light toast, biscuit, light bitter hops, toffee. Medium body with a dry finish.
Dogbrick (10416) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample at GABF 10/03/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Pours brown with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of malt and roasted nuts. Light-bodied with flavors of roast malt, almond and hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
Travlr (18656) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Medium brown color, tan head. Nice aroma of nutella on toast. taste is smooth nutty cocoa. Tasty.
decaturstevo (5699) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with ruby hints. Light roasted malt with a touch of chocolate aroma. Light chocolate, a touch of sweet fruity esters, and a hinto coffee. Medium bodied with good carbonation. An ok beer by me