Velkyal (270) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep crimson with a thin, ivory head and then out of the bottle came the evidence of bottle conditioning, a happy surprise! The nose was lots of cocoa off set with the slightest hoppy citrus thing. Drinking it was a wonderful balance of the sweet chocolate maltiness and the bitter bite of the hops, which are Cascade and Amarillo I believe, to round out the beer there is a soft toffee touch that makes it such easy drinking.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to a bright, rusty brown color, with a slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is inviting, with aromas of sweet malt, nuts, and light touches of estery fruit. The palate is firm, with good sweet and nutty malt flavor, paired with light estery fruit, and touches of sourness. This beer finishes with more malty and nutty flavor up front, then ends with a touch of sourness that lingers. Well done, tasty, interesting take on brown ale. Not sure if the sourness was intentional, as I imagine colonial beers were a touch sour, but it works in this beer, and made it very drinkable, and one you could enjoy with a number of dishes.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of nuts, dough, some fruit, tea, pepper and has sopme metallic notes. Tastes of nuts, roasted malt, chocolate, some cherries and coffee. Moythfeel is creamy and slightly metallic. Finishes slightly bitter with a hint of chocolate. Thanks to the_beer_god for this bottle.
nuplastikk (3818) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deep, dark brown-black, a hint of red. Thin beige head. Smooth nutty chocolate aroma. Somewhere between medium and full bodied. Really quite nicely done, very malt centered, not much hops going on beside some upfront spicy bitterness, true to style I suppose. A really solid Brown Ale, something you see less and less of these days.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: One of the best standard brown ales I’ve ever had. Great balance and wonderful transition from sweet malt to citrus hops.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium brown with a small, tan head that hearly fully diminished rather quickly. The aroma contained mostly moderate to heavy mil chocolate and Hershey’s syrup; lighter caramel; light citrus hops; and toffee. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly better and lightly acidic with an average duration. There was milk chocolate, citrus hops, toffee, caramel and roasted malt. The medium body was sort of oily and fairly fizzy with a light astringent finish.
saunapoika (3) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2007 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle, a pillowy tan head - a good three fingers - erupted. Took a couple minutes to settle but maintained a nice thin head. Aroma was of sweet, earthy, old time tavern. Just smelling it brought me to a small, dark rustic tavern deep in the woods. Color was deep brown, with an amber hue when held up to bright light. Nice looking beer. A slight bit overcarbonated, mouthfeel was a bit rough. Overall, I very much enjoyed this beer. I’ll be having another.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Light aroma of chocolate malt. Flavor is more chocolate, sweetness offset a bit by some roastiness and a touch of hops. Full moutfeel. Very tasty!
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A faint tan head on a black brew that shines ruby red when held to the light. An outstanding brown, rich in molasses, toffee, and maple syrup. I likey.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice dark brown with amber edges. lasting tan head. good lacing. nice rich chocolate caramel toffee aroma. bittersweet caramel toffee milk chocolate bread pudding flavor. bittersweet chocolate toffee finish. finish is just a bit watery. medium body. moderate carbonation. very nice. one of the better brown ales i have had. big thanks to Immy and maniac for hooking me up with this beer and turning me on to this brewery.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby red with a long-tasting yellowish-brown, cookie dough head. Aroma is sweet and flowery, hops and grapefruit. Taste is rich, malty with hops. Not powerful taste, very well blended. Rich chocolate. Ending has a bit of pencil shavings, a little harsh. All in all, really enjoyed this one. 12oz bottle purchased at chevy chase wine and liquor.