hickboyg8 (4) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Brown Ale, sound boring... Well that's usually because it is... Until you drink voodoos Big Brown Betty and you realize, this is why everyone try's to make a brown ale! It just happens that most people fail miserably. In my experience the flavor of BBB does vary a bit batch to batch but it never disappoints and when it's on, it is simply transcendent
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmm. Love me some beaver. Brown and beige in the glass. Caramel and chocolate coffee nose. Roasted coffee, caramel butterscotch taste with a nice smooth balance. Quite good. I haven’t had too many better brown ales. Rated 10/30/08
craigketo (3) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this on draft in October 2007 at the Red Star Brewfest. I met the owner/brewers and tried all their beers. This one was my favorite. I had multiple samples. It was an all you can drink affair, of course.
As a brown ale fan, it’s hard to find a "big" brown ale. Newcastle is watery and muted. Brooklyn is not bad and a step up, but I wanted more. This is it.
zev (4) - secaucus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown color with nice caramel head colored head. some sediment. the mouthfeel is great. full creamy body. the chocolate and brown malts really stand out and make this beer almost like a porter or thinner bodied stout. I dont think ive had a better brown ale than this.
MarkSachon (435) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from the Beerhive in Pittsburgh. Certainly one of the best browns out there and very deserving of the high average scores. Loved the sugary taste of the malts.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
cask- coles cask festival- liked this one quite a bit- nice roasted nutty character, balanced by some hops- great creamy mouthfeel- a real delicious drinker- Go Meadville.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow, this was unexpectedly good! 22oz bottle. this looks smells and tastes like a great porter to me, definitely the heaviest and best brown ale i’ve had to date. huge toasty profile, thick brown pour thats opaque in a pint, dense head, and a very creamy and full body. good stuff.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Upon first looking at the label, I wish they had named this one "Wynona Judd’s Big Brown Ass". Oh well. The pour is ruddy, middy burnt sienna with khaki head that is rather clingy and makes great lace sheets. The aroma is heavy on the nuts, with almond, walnut, hazelnut, some brown sugar, and chocolate notes. The taste is nutty, with a lot of brown malt, plus some brown sugar hints at mid-palate and some chocolatey flavor in the finish. This is truly one of the better brown ales I have ever quaffed.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml graciously given to me by Kmweaver, thanks Ken. Pours a deep black-brown ruby color with a thick, foamy, and long lasting head. Mellow toffee and chocolate malt aroma. The taste is big and robust, huge toffee flavor. Cocoa and brown sugary sweet, but dry and full bodied. A nice hoppy balance adds a nice sandy mouthfeel mid-sip. An excellent Brown Ale.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: This one smells incredible. A very interesting beer. Falls kind of into that odd hybrid beer category of beers like Dogfish Head IBA or Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter. A little too carbonated though. I really didn’t notice the hops too much, so just the right amount were added to keep this very malty beer from being sickeningly sweet. My review doesn’t do this great beer justice.
TECHNICLE: Bottle purchased at Grey Lodge Pub after meeting brewmaster Matt Allyn. Poured a just barely clear, dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with slight red highlights and a huge, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished but kept a nice sheet. The aroma was moderate caramel, milk chocolate and milde coffee with light citrus hops and just a little vanilla or cola and some slight saltiness. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, while the finish was heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter with an average duration. The flavor was very malty but no sickeningly sweet. Ther was coffee and chocolate and finished with some citrus hops in the finish. The medium body was slightly cyrupy with very fizzy carbonation and a somewhat metallic finish. The carbonation was almost tongue numbing. So much so that it drowns out some of the flavor. So with less carbonation this might be even better.