Finhead (1741) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Hazy brown with a small, white head. The aroma has caramel and some milk chocolate. It has a medium body with somewhat chewy texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet with an easy finish. Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Sample at the brewpub. Clear dark brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, roasted nuts and caramel. Light-bodied with flavors of roast malt, caramel and mild hops. The finish is roasty with a nutty and malty aftertaste. Decent overall. dutch23mp (317) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Sweet caramel bread doughy aroma very pleasant flavor. Not a great appearance for a commercial small white laced head in dark brown body. Medium sweet taste just right.medium creamy body with a soft carbonation and a long finish. Very enjoyable brew, in fact I think I’ll have another! arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Draft at AA. Pours murky brown with very little head. Nice lacing. Mild caramel on the aroma. Taste is caramel and nutty. fidemaster (307) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Has a great aroma of bread and caramel. Pours a nice rich black color. Has a really nice blend of smoky, doughy, caramel, malt, with a touch of sweet fruit. The only negative of this beer, is its a little thin. A little more alcohol, and a bit thicker and this would be a 4+. It has such a nice flavor I wish they would crank it up a bit.
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2014
(bottle) Nothing like drinking a brown ale on a stiflingly hot and humid day. Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a medium sized cream colored head that retains well. Yep, there’s definitely caramel here, but there’s also a strong component of roasted peanuts as well that elicits a craving for an iced cream concoction containing these two components. Also present is some light roast coffee; not the good stuff, but the kind you get at a Caribou that presents itself as being less charred than its dark roasted brethren. A faint whiff of something vegetal here kind of interrupts the good aromatic vibes. Flavor holds a good amount of caramel, again more light roast coffee, some roasted peanuts, and a little hint of stir fried vegetables with cashews (oddly enough, that’s not a bad thing here). Mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy and the carb could stand to be toned down just a tad, but overall this is an above-average brown ale. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
This one is a malt bomb. Sweet caramel and nutty on the nose. Smooth on the palate, with caramel, bread, and nuts. Finishes semi-sweet. bytemesis (8209) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy chestnut, medium tan head, dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, just a touch of smoke, nutty, burned caramel, pumpernickel. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, minimal bitterness, nutty and bready, light roast. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at Milwaukee Brew Fest 2013. Translucent brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of caramel, floral hops, bread, chocolate, and earth. Medium carbonation, roast on the finish. Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
This is a brown ale of the older school variety from before people started putting tons of hops in every single beer and it is pretty decent at that. It pours a murky brown color w/ only a small ring of head and a few spots of lace. The nose is sweet malts and a touch of grassy, herbal hops. The flavor of this is a bit on the sweet side but it’s not cloying or overbearing, just w/ a nice subtle malt backbone. The carbonation is mild which suits the style and it finishes just a bit sweet and sticky on the palate w/ some lingering bitterness and astringency. This is a nice and drinkable brown ale if it had just a little more malt character w/o being any sweeter, I think it would be excellent.