ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark red color with a bit of haziness to the body. The head is a one finger offwhite color. Retention could be better for 4.2%, though the texture is about on par for the style.
S: Earthy malts and hops come through fairly well. Touches of fruitiness, hazelnut, and chocolate give it a decent depth also.
T: Again, earthy flavors and nuttiness abounds. The finish has a light hint of generic fruit esters. Seemingly simple at first, however further sips reveals layers of hazelnut, chocolate, bright fruits, and even some hops. Not a huge amount of flavor here, however it features good complexity.
M: A bit too heavy and overcarbonated for what I want the style to accomplish. The finish is very slick and wet, which makes it a little less drinkable, but allows its depth to shine through. It’s a wash, really.
O: This lives or dies by one fact: would I want multiple servings of this in a single sitting? At first, I didn’t think so, but this grows on me the more I drink it. It does drink like a bigger beer at times, but at the same token, doesn’t have a strong enough flavor profile that would allow it to fully get away with it. So I’ll hesitantly say yes, I would drink multiple pints of this at a bar. I probably wouldn’t buy a 6 pack of it, but I’d love to see what cask conditioning transforms it into.
anthony850 (155) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap very easy drinking brown ale
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gripweed57 (492) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. Deep copper color topped by a big foamy beige head. Rich bready malt aroma has a slight nutty character. Slightly tart toasted malt flavor with subtle floral hops. Nice body and maltiness. Very drinkable.
boisebeerguy (47) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown color. Slight caramel smell. Taste is mainly of the co2 and some malts.
alexfranko (8) - - FEB 28, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice ruby, dark amber color with a decent head. Nutty, malty smell. Malty and sweet taste little to no hop flavor. This is a great session beer. Nice malty and dark drinkable beer.
bmoosey (53) - Richmond, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent everyday drinking beer. Overall smell is a "regular" beer. No smells that really standout. The taste reminded me of similar qualities of a Scottish ale. Good everyday drinking beer.
gerrware (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with light head. Smells neutral but nutty. First taste is like a Porter and then it’s all ale from there on. I could crush a couple of these after a long day of work. Great find.
lewishr1 (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014 does not count
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Great brown ale. Good color. Goes down like a rich porter and finishes like an ale.
Lightrider (243) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle into an ale glass. Pour is a ruby with a fine head. Aroma is on the low side, but malt. Taste is a bitter malt. Finish is a bitter.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
FROM NOTES: October 22, ’13.
A: Toasted bread, caramel malts, slight nuttiness, and a faint earth hoppiness.
A: Pours a dark red color with a bit of haziness to the body while the head is a one finger off-white color.
T: Toasty malts, nutty, grainy, slight smoke.
P: : Medium and full.
O: Decent malt bomb, very sessionable.
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chestnut brown pour with a small tan head. Just a ring of lace is left in he glass. Nutty, fruity aroma with a touch of toast. The flavor is toasted grain, light chocolate, dark fruit, and finishing full. Easy drinking and nothing special. Decent at best.