bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured a clear brown with soft off white head. smelled slightly sweet of malts. the flavor was a nice balance of malts and hops. nothing special really. a decent brown ale.
LilBeerDoctor (3208) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy mahogany brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, toffee, light fruits, roasted nuts. Flavor of sweet malt with a light nuttiness, toffee, caramel. A touch sweet but it’s pretty decent overall.
Dan269605 (135) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have a lot of respect for Otter Creek and their organic operation at Wolavers. This is a fine brown ale, but nothing stands out nor is special either. Not bad, but very middle of the road.
gizmo_ber (138) - - AUG 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Victoria Gastro Pub. Looks brown, but that’s about it. It has none of the subtle flavors and maltiness that I expect in a brown. Very bland. It’s not bad, but it’s not good, and it’s barely a brown.
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Victoria Gastro Pub. Pours clear brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, light earthy hops, stone fruit and berries. Flavor is tart stone fruit and berries, light hops and bitterness, toasted malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
hman43 (156) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It has a malty smell with caramel mix. There is almost no head and it is a dirty cloudy light brown. There is a hint of cherry in the flavor with other malts. The brew is decent, but not great.
Lenusik (119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This says ’brown ale’ on the bottle, and it appears ’brown’ in the glass, but there is nothing else about it that screams ’brown ale’. The aroma is more hoppy and sweet malt than nutty and caramel. The flavour the same, a little too hoppy and unbalanced to be a true English style brown ale.
PhatB420 (531) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz into a pint. Pour is an average slide of brown and mild mocha. No real substantial carbination, flat at most times. Brown ale body does not present itself consistently, leading to more of a flat brew. head is receding and bland. Taste is medi oaker and dull, but can and does resemble a fine finishing brown at the beginning with its sweet malt and brown sugar additions. the price of the 12 pack was good though.
Marheb (1517) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(On tap farmhouse tap n’ grill): Ennuyeux, peu malté, peu houblonné, croustillante et sans saveur sinon une légère brise florale.
VALIS (210) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color, small head, light lacing. Sweet smell of caramel. Tastes on the light side, a little more robust than some brown ales but less so than the great ones. Not bad but probably wouldn’t buy again.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Deep amber color. Thin head. Aroma of floral hops, cherry, and bready malts. Tart palate, very bitter and sour for a brown or amber ale. Some hops character, vague spicy cherry and brown sugar, and some bitter malts. Just hit me like a brick, but not in a good way.