Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is clear medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot, herbs), with notes of gum and vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Pleasant aroma for this usually-dull style. More alcohol than it needs, so it doesn’t have the quaffing quality that one might seek in this style.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brown for people who don’t like browns, I suppose. Pours brown, as one might expect. Smells like brown sugar and graham cracker. Nutty, toasty flavor, plus a dryish, slightly bitter finish. Tasty.
KUEric (874) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a good little brown. Nutty, malty, roasted, toasted bread dough and a surprising chocolqtey flavor. I really liked it but couldn’t really have more than one of these.
Beaver (1199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can. Pours a medium brown with a small creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet nutty chocolate malts.
The flavor is sweet nutty chocolate malts that are a bit acidic. There’s a bit of bitter roast in the finish with some off plasticky notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an OK brown.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 Tap at brewery. Orange/brown colored body with a nice sized brown body. Nutty and well done brown malty aroma. Nutty flavor and brown malts create a full body. Well done.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Freshcraft - something in this beer tastes like fucking seaweed - you know that earthy character you get from a sushi roll when the seaweed flavor mingles with the sesame seeds? - it tastes like that, and it is really off-putting - every beer I have from this brewer seems to have one fatal flaw, and I guess that is this beer’s - there are some nice qualities - a moderate hop bitterness is balanced quite well with a rich, nutty malt character - a bit of brown sugar and caramel - but that earthy seaweed quality is impossible to ignore - weird.
BeerandBlues2 (9000) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2010. Pours clear brown with an average, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, nutty), light hops (woody), light esters (fruity) with notes of dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (woody), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Lighter in color for the style, medium brown with a decently well-formed off-white head. Toasty, chocolatey, and nutty aroma. Very nice and balanced. Great flavor, very nutty and a little hoppy. Tootsie roll/milk chocolate flavors along with a little earth and light toast. Dry on the palate with medium body. Surprisingly good beer overall. Excellent for the style.
Nikiel (862) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very nutty flavor accompanies the dark brown color of this beer. It has lots of malt flavors some of which border on a coffee roast. Plenty of complexity between the hops and malts but ends very bitter: not your standard fluff summer beer.
dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tootsie roll chocolatey aroma. Dark brown color. A chewy chocolatey flavor.