badgerben (4404) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with no head. Light molasses aroma. Flavor of molasses and dark sugar. Light rum. A bit vinous. Not sure if itís hop vegetal or green wood taste.
ChrisSc (189) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle in Minneapolis. 1+ year old
Appearance: cognac in color. No head.
Aroma: Sugar cane, smells very sweet.
Taste: Very sweet.
Palate: Medium/full body. semi long finish.
Overall: Decent beer. Very sweet. I donít get a lot of complexity.
chuckstout (254) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013-Oak vanilla, molasses, brown sugar. Pours a brilliant orange/red with a orange off white head. Nice body with a lot of barrel character big mouthfeel and warming character.
ljthiessen (393) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy of cards04. Sweet aromas of caramel, grains, light fruit and sugar. Taste is sweet caramel, molasses, oak. Oily texture.
cards04 (1769) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loved this. Pours a murky orange with off white bread. Aromas are strong caramel and brown sugar. Flavors are very malty and sugary. I get some rum too. This is nice.
northropfrye (2218) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange body white head. Caramel and sweet malt aroma vanilla. Taste is sweet with an anise aftertaste but a bit subtle watery finish. Not bad brown ale.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle date May 7, 13. Poured amber with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, and brown sugar. The flavor found brown sugar and rum. Medium body and sweet.
Cybercat (3339) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, bubbly chestnut with a fairly thick and frothy buff head. Malty aroma has a strong molasses overtone plus notes of toffee, rum and caramel. Satisfying flavor has malty, nutty, rum, toffee, licorice and caramel notes, plus a hint of oak; though on the sweet side it is not cloying, and the alcohol bite balances the sweetness nicely. Texture has average viscosity but good fizz. Noticeably better than last yearís Kill Devil reserve brown ale.
Earlier Rating: 8/31/2012 Total Score: 3.5
Strong aroma has a malty core and nutty, caramel, horehound and earthy notes. It pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany; thick, fluffy, tan head, however, doesnít stick around for long. Delectable flavor has notes of lightly roasted malt, caramel and molasses with hints of horehound and oak. Smooth texture has firm body and a fair amount of tingle. A lip-smacking ale worth catching during its limited release. If itís not Widmer Brothersí best, it is still worthy.
Maverick34 (2265) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught from draught 55. Super boozy and a brown pour. Rum raisin and sugar. OK but a bit much.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
From the box: Kill Devil Brown Aleís flavor comes from the use of ingredients traditionally used by the Caribbean distillers. Sweet Barbados and blackstrap molasses provide touches of toasted sugar, black licorice and blackened toffee while the palm sugars invite notes of subtle sweetness. As the beer conditions in Puerto Rican Rum Barrels, the vanilla and subtle oak flavors and aromas develop and integrate themselves with the Calypso hopís soft tropical and stone fruit aromas.
Look: Brown ale, excellent clarity and a quickly dissipating light coconut foam.
Smell: initially of copper. Then I dive back in trying to get something to justify the $13 price point; getting some licorice, and grape nuts (the cereal kids donít want). Hints of warm cola. Very disappointed with the nose here. Maybe a hint of molasses/brown sugar toward the end of the beer, maybe.
Flavor: metal, hot dog water, raisin, cardboard. This is a really simple beer. I am starting to get the feeling that maybe by "aged" they meant "ran through" the rum barrels. The oak is evident as well, but in the raw, cheap red wine way - not the aged in quality barrels way. Itís really tannic to me.
Feel: Among the thinnest "barrel aged" beers Iíve had, really thin. Moderated carb, semi dry finish (being generous as the tannic character makes the beer linger).
Overall: Iím disappointed in this beer. Iíve been duped before, and Iím beginning to feel like Widmer must have the best fucking marketing team out there, because I keep buying their spendy beers hoping their IPA experimental quality will spill into their more adventurous products - alas, this is not the case.
Serving type: bottle