drjay44 (2354) - 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 (6644) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, 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 (3356) - 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 didnít really feel like a classic Brown.
kp (10887) - 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 (1269) - 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 (6480) - 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 (1718) - 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. Didnít 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.
Cybercat (2789) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Crispy34 (285) - 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 didnít 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.