bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at j Clyde. Motor oil brown pour with medium off white head and good lacing. Coffee and brandy aromas. These are echoed on the palate along with a nice sweetness and driedfruit. This is a fun beer!
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA. Silky smooth on draft, this poured the quintessential russet color of a brown ale. While it also featured familiar brown ale sweetness and toastiness, coffee bitterness and oaky mellowness tempered these flavors for an overall effect that was dangerously drinkable. A fine ale at a good price for a high abv draft beer.
deyholla (6568) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a clear brown with an amber hue and an off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was quite nutty with some roasted malts, a bit of oak and hints of hay and caramel. Flavor began with sweet grains, caramel and some nuttiness. The beer became a bit darker with roasted malts some oak and a bit of toffee.
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Nook. Pours clear tawny with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a medium dry finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Porter, Atlanta. Nice to try this local brew, especially for an avid bean freak like me. Poured into a snifter, nice oily dark brown with a crisp beige carbonation and moderate lacing. Very thick malt aroma, not at all roast-forward. Deep coffee flavors are well integrated in the taste, with a boldness that doesn’t overpower the sweet malts and faintly dry hop presence so much as it stitches them together by providing shape. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, nice beer all around.
tucktuck (2) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 On tap at Trappeze pub in Athens, GA. Great beer from a unique upstart brewery. Complex malt profile. Coffee notes are present but not overpowering. Hops finish strong but are well balanced.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Poured a dark mahogany with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma was of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and nuttiness. The coffee really came through in the flavor, as did a bit of diacetyl. Proved to myself all over again that while I like the coffee flavor that comes from certain roasts, I don’t like the flavor of added coffee. Always tastes funny to me -- sort of fake and rancid. But then again, I don’t ever like anything in my coffee (except maybe some Bailey’s).
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with a reddish tint and thick off-white head and lacing. Malty, coffee and chocolaty aromas with a touch of baking spice.Palate is silky smooth, rich with coffee and dark chocolate. Lingering smoky chocolatey finish. Very, very good winter warmer without being very heavy.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red mahogany pour with a wispy head. Nice flavor. Malt, molasses, earth, just enough spice/citrus hop presence to mellow the inherent sweetness. A bit nutty with a significant undertone of coffee. A touch metallic in the nose with spice or perhaps earthy and malt. Medium body and fairly wet. Good. Just a bit of astringency is the only distraction. Drink up.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Draft. Poured a clear dark mahogany with a nice size tan head. Aroma: bright citrus hops, fruit, malt. Taste carried out the aroma well on first pour with some passing notes of wood & vanilla; when I had my 2nd glass I noticed more of a lightly roasted malt character and some grain in the finish. Medium body, good depth. Overall a solid brew. I should also note that I honestly thought this was a BA DIPA during my first glass... has a lot more going on than the other Brown Ales I have tried.
Re-rate: had this on draft again last night. Still a very hoppy nose, but also plenty of crisp roasted malts and notes of chocolate and fruit. Taste was crisp roasted malts and pine hops, seemed to have some black pepper in the mix, notes of chocolate and fruit. A really solid brew.