FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a viscous appearance and a frothy, initially three finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a very concentrated, amber tinged, dark brown color, when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, gem-like, rich red color. The aroma is sweet and fruity up front, but quickly mixes in toasty malt notes and a substantial nuttiness that has a distinct spiciness to it. As I try and dissect the nose I get aromas of raisins, light cherries, tart-sweet plums, sweet cranberries, white pepper, woody ginger, browned malt and a sweet jam like aromatic note. I really like what the chestnuts have added here, it is quite distinct, and quite nutty.
Reasonably thick bodied, but strangely not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Actually this is almost more tart than it is sweet. Distinctly accentuated by the various chestnut additions; this is woody, nutty, spicy and sweet nut meat. The finish has a sort of tannic, nut husk astringency to it that provides a distinct bitterness to this brew. While not overly sweet, this does have a jam like, fruity sweetness to it that accents notes of concentrated berries, cherries, sweet plums and light raspberry notes. At times a lightly warming, almost spicy note of alcohol is noticeable in the finish as is a light, floral honey flavor.
A very interesting beer, I really like the touch that the chestnuts add to this beer; it also has a surprising fruitiness to it, that I almost wonder if it is at least accented by the chestnuts note (if not down right attributable to them). The fact that this is not overly sweet, yet lightly tart and offset by an astringent finish, really is quite nice. While, at times, fantastically interesting, I wouldn’t say this is not the most nuanced or complex brew, but it is certainly a tasty tipple; so this is merely a very tasty brew, as opposed to perfection in a glass. Ultimately this is a very pleasant suprise that i am enjoying very much righ now.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 5/23/07: Pours a barley transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet and toasty nutty caramel malt. Body starts fairly full and bittersweet with a lot of nutty character and an earthy finish. Fairly complex and slightly warming finish. An interesting brew.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
muddy dark red, fine beige head, sweet fruity aroma with light floral quality, creamy body, rich malt flavor with lots of fruity character, very light bitterness, a touch of winey character, light tartness, unique
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from mgumby10; nose of spices, caramel, and nuts; cherry brown with a medium tan head; flavor ofa smoky note, dark fruitiness, and you can taste chestnuts and a little alcohol in the finish. Body seems a little thin, but it tastes good and goes down smooth, but different!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a mostly clear dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma was spicey with notes of mint, vanilla, marzipan, and alcohol. The flavor was spicey, nutty and malty with a decent wamring sensation.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured brown with an off white head. Aroma, nutty caramel, some spice. Flavor, lots of chestnuts, spice, fruits, caramel. Pretty interesting, and made a decent bread.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a deep reddish-amber with a short cap of yellowy-beige head. Aroma was of sweet, spicy floral notes with lots of spicage.. didn’t pick too much chestnut out of this. Flavor had lots of peppery spices and alcohol with cola-like sweetness.. spicy again, with a touch more chestnut than the nose.. odd boozy sweetness through the finish. Sharp all-around with that odd sweetness.. light-medium bodied.. long, tacky finish. Didn’t care for this one.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via Knightly Liquors in FL. Pours to a dark mahogany body with a thin very dense off-white head. The aroma is sort of floral and phenolic. Light chestnuts. The flavor is chocolate malts, some weird thing that’s probably the chestnuts, tart malt, caramel, and spices. The palate is moderately bodied with a lingering sweetness, slick and velvety at the same time. Overall, surprisingly decent.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber/ruby/brown with a small, dense, tan head. Weird candy green apple nose is also lightly floral, earthy, and with subtle chocolate roast. Similar flavor with less apple, some nuts, rich malt, and lightly floral spiciness. Medium/full body, well carbonated, soft. Strange brew.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If a chestnut nut brown is traditional, then this is a traditional ale. Otherwise, it’s a damned fine nut brown ale. Bottle from State Line. Deep brown pour with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma is roasty dark malt, nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, slight hops. The taste is dark malty, rich, very nuttywith mid-palate figgy and brown sugar notes and an ever-so-slight rauchy note at culmination. As expected, the bottom of my glass showed a large sediment layer. This beer has more nuts than a clown convention, and is one of the more unique styles i have ever encountered.