BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of brown sugar, vanilla, rum spice, hint of cocoa. Tastes and feels a bit hot and thin.
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) clear amber, creamy tan head. Nose of rum, cream, toasty, taste of rum, nutty, toasty, chocolate, well carbonated, creamy, complex, interesting.
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown pour, cream head. Nose is syrup, sugar, malty, dough, and sweet. Easy palate, heavy dough, molasses, sugar, where’s the rum?
drjay44 (2891) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml. bottle. Served at cellar temp. Pours a thin, fizzy, short lived ivory head over a clear reddish brown (SRM 20) body.......nose is molasses, plum, raisin, toffee/caramel, alcohol, hints of cocoa.....taste is sweet, with light plum, raisin, vanilla, rum, terpene....mouth feel light, alcohol burn present, carbonation low. This is very unbalanced, with the rum barrels and the alcohol dominating the other ingredients leading to minimal complexity in both aroma and flavor, finishing with a harsh alcohol burn. BJCP 6/3/12/3/6
DruncanVeasey (7424) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, Amsterdam Cafe, San Francisco, 15/08/12. Ruby slicked with off-white. Hints of fig, fudge and cinder toffee aroma. Bloodsy redcurrant and licked brass notes; some brown sugar. Lacks flavour, but not heat. Comedown after the Scarface.
ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Shop Rite, 9/7/12
Aroma: The nose is chocolate and caramel malts, roast, some light smoke, and a little booze
Appearance: It pours a cloudy dark orange-brown color, with a beige head
Flavor: The taste is meidum sweet, malty, semi-sweet chocolate, and a mildly bitter finish
Palate: The body is medium-full, has a little bit of heat, and a soft-to-average carbonation
I enjoyed this one, and thought it was a nice attempt from Widmer. I agree with whomever categorized it as an American Strong, as it didn’t really feel like a classic Brown.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Kill Devil
Date: July 28, 2012
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: clear brown, ruby edges, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, earthy, touch of oak
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, plenty of sweetness enhances the rich chocolate, sweet rum, rich raw sugar of malasses, caramel sweetness, hint of toffee, touch of vanilla
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
dfinney23 (2159) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours brown with a barely-there tan head. Aroma of rum and brown sugar. The taste is molasses, darker and fairly bitter, less sweet than might be expected.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Mahogony brown beer with a tan head. Rich malt and brown sugar aroma with light rum. malt and light caramel flavor with light rum. Medium bodied. Smooth flavor. Caramel and malt linger with light brown sugar and light rum.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark iced tea brown with a swirly white film a top.
Aroma: Fruity floral tea, sugar, bubble gum.
Taste: Cola, brown sugar, licorice. Mild hop bitterness. No nuttiness or traditional brown ale notes. Didn’t find anything particularly boozy about the taste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied fizzy.
Overall: Well above average, and exceeded my expectations for a Brown Ale. Widmer along with Karl Strauss try not to go too extreme with their barrel aging, but I would like them to take a chance and make something with some more barrel character, meaning keep the juice in the barrels longer.