Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours as expected. The aroma, to me, smelled like dank jungle-must bordering on wet cardboard. Surprisingly this had a sweet finish. The ’nutty and fragrant’ Pandan leaf does not help out the aroma of this beer whatsoever, but it does add a new dimension to the flavor. I still don’t know how I feel about it totally, but I am glad I tried it.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours brown with a white head. Aroma, caramel, nutty, earthy hops. Flavor, caramel, nutty, toffee, earthy notes. Some toasted qualities, definitely something unique in this that I couldn’t place, but a solid beer.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy Oakes. Dark brown color, very little head present. Smooth chalky aroma that is most easily compared to hazelnut, but there’s an extra component here that I can’t describe. Nutty taste, toasted chestnut, some deeper roast flavors. Clean finish. An interesting brown.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22-ounce bottle--thanks to Dave at By The Bottle in Vancouver, Washington--Poured a standard brown body with a small filmy white head. Smell of ovaltine or maltomeal. Crisp, sweet, sugary, tropical sugars, rich, roasty, and unique. This is perhaps one of the best beers I have had in some time!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Pours brown with a thin white film. Smells of a greenhouse, light spices. Tastes rosey with some orangy hints. Mouthfeel is full with a tarte lemony finish.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown color, nice light head and decent lacing. Nose of bright nutty toasty bread, super melanoidins to the rescue, holy crap this is nutty and toasty. Almost more toasty than toast! Pandan?! Holy shit, I want some for brewing. The flavor has a nice full body, more nutty accents. A decent finish. Wow, that nose is spectacular for a brown ale. So nutty, so good!
mjtedin (8) - USA - APR 15, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer reminded me of a German Alt, though it is much cloudier than most German lagers. It is definitely different from other beers I have tasted. The Pandan leaves add something different. The color is a lighter brown.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Merritt Is. Throwdown. Warm, dark, roasty barbeque color. Chestnut aromas. Flavors are also chestnut but also hazelnut and Brazil nut. Gorgeous flavors, making it by far the most nuanced, interesting, and flavorful brown ale I’ve had to date. Splendid surprise, thanks Oakes.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Oakes. Pours a cloudy daerk brown, with a small off white head. Smells of some toasted oats, caramel malt, light vanilla cream, and maybe even a touch of roast in there. Nice nosefor a brown. The flavor was also a little surprising. Great balance between the caramel malt and honey flavors. Lightly carbonated, but very easy drinking and very flavorful. Probably one of the better brown ales Ive had to date.
hopscotch (10198) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... GIABMISGFAB... This beer rocks!... Clear, dark caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose offers a caramelized foundation with sweet, rich notes of roasted almonds, hazelnuts and milk chocolate. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Sweet, nutty flavor... richest brown ale I’ve ever tasted. Finishes like it began; sweet and nutty. Kudos to Beershine and Oakes for hauling this world class brown ale to the island with them!