LtDan (1806) - 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.
Crispy34 (495) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
YOU NEED TO LET THIS BEER WARM UP SOME! 22oz bottle. This beer pours like a brown should. Not much head. When cold, it smells of rum, way more than it tastes of it. When it warms up, the rum blends nicely with the Brown Ale aroma. Looks like any other Brown Ale, with less carbonation. The taste starts out a mellow rum flavor that unfolds into the brown flavor. Finishes a little dry, prolly the alcohol doing that. The palate is starts out dry and fizzy. The aftertaste is very rummy.
Overall, this beer is much different cold than warm. I didn’t really find it that good before it warmed up some. I am going to try and find another bottle of this to age, but remember...LET IT WARM UP for the best flavor and aroma.
Kimbo419 (19) - - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle into a taster glass. Medium/dark brown in color, very minimal head. Very sweet taste, medium body, not overly carbonated. More flavorful than a typical brown ale and very smooth, probably from the rum barrel aging. Enjoyable, I would drink it again.
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a thin tan head that goes away quickly. Intense brown sugar and oak on the nose, tons and tons of molasses showing. Sticky medium body with very little carb. Lots of molasses and brown sugar on the mid palate. Rather markedly out of balance, but not a full blown mess. Long sweet sticky finish.
Shortstack (23) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complicated, rich. Dark coffee color, pleasant bitters; subtle sweet undertones. Light fizziness. Beautiful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #33. Somewhat clear dark brown color with a small beige head. Mild aroma, light sweetness and a bit of toast. Kind of a metallic flavor, a little sweet and some nuttiness. Not much there, drinkable, but the barrel is practically non-existent. (2471)
hansenkw (12) - - AUG 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a delicious looking clear brown with a lingering, light brown head. Smells slightly boozy with hints of vanilla and molasses. Tastes about what the scent and appearance imply -- smooth and malty, quite sweet with a definite alcohol front. Had a slightly metallic aftertaste and was a bit astringent. Overall the deScription and color outweigh the taste and mouthfeel.
tgncc (3048) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is wood, vanilla, rum, toffee. The appearance is a translucent brown/red, white head. The flavor is wood, vanilla, caramel, not many of the usual brown ale features. The finish is wood, booze, light pine needles. Medium in body. Decent overall.
robforbes (2090) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear brown with a small off white head that quickly leaves, and a little lacing.
smell is nice, brown sugar, woody, a touch of caramel, and spice.
taste is thick, wood, sugar, molasses, malt, some roastiness, a touch of white pepper, and a few hops. ends smooth and a tad bit of bitterness.
Hayes3285 (5) - New York, USA - AUG 17, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful smelling and Beautifully tasting beer from Widmer Brothers. The taste was the weakest point for me, but it goes down smooth and easy. A great beer from their reserve, you can slightly smell it was aged in the rum barrels as advertised.