SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
nice deep brown-ish red. Smells and tastes exceptionally hoppy. Good head that faded quickly. Good malty finish.
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at Wine World. Cloudy brown with a tan head. scent of roasted caramel. Roasted nut taste. Thin
DCLawyer (1299) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle->SA. Dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is pure malt. Taste is caramel, molasses, malt. Slightly bitter finish. Eh.
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma of grains, caramel, corn, coffee, vanilla, vegetables. very malty odor. pours smoky topaz with off white head, snake skin lacing, but little of it. tastes nutty and of steamed milk, with notes of cashews, bread, caramel, chocolate milk, oatmeal, seltzer water, minerals, earthiness. palate is a tad thin, but smooth and balanced. very drinkable. overall a standard brown ale, nutty with chocolate milk, but bland and unoriginal.
Butters (3665) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with reddish hues and an ample tan head. Nutty and earthy nose with a very roasty taste. medium body. Overly carbonated. Certainly the inaugural brew was much better, but this is a decent brown
bubbleflubber (1700) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ruby-amber pour with a sudsy cap that lasts down the glass. Fruity bouquet, nothing distinguishing. Sour fruits, dough and nuts to the tongue. Sour and doughy finish, with some slight biscuit entering the mix, due to the Cascade hopping on the backside. For some reason, this reminds me more of a Flemish Sour ale... sours like vinegar (without being "sharp") impart an integrated effect on the pull. Soft carbonation leaves a "flat soda" mouthfeel, and that doesn’t enhance the flavors I’m picking up. Certainly not my favorite brown (if that’s what we’ll categorize it... maybe I obtained a bad bottle), but interesting to rate.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a surprisingly good brown ale. Pretty good body and the head was about two fingers. The taste was more on the sweeter side but not too much to turn me off. Enjoyable.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clean dark brown but you can’t see through this one. Foamy tan head. Strong malty chocolate aroma and a bit nutty almost like sweaty socks. Sharp bitterness, extremely nutty flavor. Very malty with a creamy feel sticking to my gums. Dry bitter finish. Definitely enjoyed the Inaugural recipe more then this one.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
05/21/08 side by side comp with Inaugural Tavern Ale. Clear brown amber. Roasty notes and some coffee in the aroma. Dry roasted malt flavor with some coffee. Dry fairly nutty finish.
Thanks to either Butters or Maniac for getting this.
TwistedVision (6) - USA - JUL 16, 2010 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
dark brown, with slight haze towards the bottom of the glass. one finger tan head that quickly disappears. Thin lacing that is slow to recede. Great smelling beer! Nutty with a caramel presence leaning towards toffee. Slight floral hops presence but it is difficult to detect upon the first smell. Caramel malts with a slight hopiness, but not enough to be distracting. Surprising dryness with a slightly sour finish. However it is primarily a rich caramel taste with a slight coffee note. Medium body with mild carbonation and as I said before, surprisingly dry.