dnstone (2341) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoothe and balanced. Has a great wood and maple syrup aroma. Slight hints of coffee at the end.
MacBoost (1447) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clean brown with a light tan head. Aromas of caramel and some light hops. Taste is semi dry and lightly bitter. Flavors of toffee, roofies, some cocaine. Meh.
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours brown with a half finger of tan head. Aroma of caramel with hints of cocoa and a little citrus. Taste follows aroma, chocolate and hints of coffee. Surprisingly boozy, there is definitely some heat. Good brew, I’m digging it!
ttutony (754) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown with an off-white head. Nice malty profile with hints of chocolate and toasted malt. Great balance.
ryanscourt (864) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best brown ale I have ever had. Great milky brown malts with sweet hop finish.
Darkmagus82 (1938) - - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-31-12-
Served on cask in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a tiny white film of a head. The film faded relatively quickly yielding to little lacing.
Smell- The smell is largest of a chocolate and a roasted malt aroma. Mixed with this is a lighter sweet smell of caramel as well as some notes of a nutty nature.
Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a roasted and nutty nature. The nutty and roasty flavor are a backbone of the beer which maintain their strength throughout the taste. With these flavors is a lighter caramel sweetness up front. More toward the middle of the taste chocolate flavors begin to come to the tongue. While this occurs the caramel gets stronger and a lighter herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end where a light, but quite noticeable, alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. In the end they leave a very nice darker and warming flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather light (not surprising for a cask). The lower carbonation is quite nice for the flavors, although a bit more creaminess of body may have been better for the darker flavors of the brew.
Overall – A rather enjoyable brew. One to try if the chance arises as it has a nice flavor profile and just the right amount of booziness to give it a nice warming feel but yet maintain great drinkability.
keanex (1597) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Semi-hazy mahogany/chestnut hue with a foamy tan head.
Aroma: The aroma comes off prominently roasty and cocoa initially, but it’s mellow, not overly pungent. There’s a hint of oxidation that isn’t necessarily unpleasant, slightly grapey. Lastly I pick up a very slight hint of orange but only after reading the description.
Taste: Nicely balanced between roast, chocolate and caramel with the grape oxidation flavors present with a hint of cardboard on the finish. It’s not unpleasant, but it would be much better without it.
Palate: A bit like juice with a hint of carbonation.
Overall: I’d really like to try this properly carbonated without the oxidation, I bet it’s pretty killer.
DrewFace (939) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Translucent brown color, minimal head. Malty, sweet, caramel, light roast aroma. Lightly roasty, malty, caramel/toffee malt.
beechner224 (823) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in trade long ago. Pours brown with tannish head. Aroma of chocolate malt. Some brown sugar. Taste is sweet, malty, a bit on the thin side.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub, served in a tasting glass. Pours hazy hazelnut
With a small white head that fades to a thin rim of bubbles. The nose has toasty, biscuity, chocolatey malts with piney hops and subtle smoke. The flavour is mildly dry with roasty malts dominating. These provide caramel, chocolate, earth and a touch of subtle smoke. Herbal notes come through in the middle and it closes out with a long, malty finish. On the palate it is light-medium in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a decent brown ale but not terribly complex. 2014-04-26
cbfobes (2634) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sent by artmcd8, thanks! Pours a murky dark brown with a thin tan head, aroma is pretty intense, tons of dark chocolate mixed with molasses and some leather too, the flavor has a malt forward front end with a sweet caramel like finish, nice mouthfeel, good stuff.