ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh bottle drunk in 2011
Sandy brown body, with deep mahogany and graham cracker hues. Clear with a moderate amount of off-white head that lingers around a cover.
Hoppiness in the nose is quite aromatic and intertwined pretty well with the lightly toasted, nutty and rather sweet brown bread meets light milk chocolate maltiness. Citrus and a touch of tropical fruitiness are certainly not resinous or overly aggressive, nor is the alcohol problematic. Quite simple, with a medium strength overall.
At first the juicy hoppiness really shines, lending notes of lychee and candied orange, nicely combining with the sweet chocolate-like maltiness. Things dry out, with some huskiness/crackeriness (great word, crackeriness) and the carbonation takes hold and breaks up the maltiness. As it warms and breathes, with most anchor beers, the body becomes loose and quite watery, the sweetness builds up on the finish and the beer loses a lot of its initial pleasantness. Still, this is a fine, drinkable brown ale with a well-done hop profile and ample bitterness.
Cajun (523) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2016 12 oz. bottle - Pours deep reddish brown with offwhite head. The hints of caramel and chocolate are present, but most of the aroma is sweet, like syrup, definitely malty. Flavors of caramel, roasted nuts, and a tiny bit of something I’d imagine refrigerated flowers to taste like. A hops after that lingers until the next sip. Good brown!
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown colored pour. Sweet, caramel malts abound. Hoppy bite wuth a sweet finish. Good stuff but not very memorable. I prefer porter or liberty ale.
kalervo (1040) - FINLAND - FEB 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very sweet malty body, lots of caramel and dark fruits in taste. Enjoyable happiness. Decent beer, still maybe not my cup of beer, maybe a bit too sweet for my taste to be totally balanced.
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #949 - February 3, 2014 - Beer 3 in the @coopwinespirits February discovery bag. Dark brown pour with a weak bubbly tan foam that disappears quickly. Aroma is strong roast malts, hint of pine, lemon, reminiscent of Anchor’s christmas a little. Taste is bold earthy malts, with a piney lemon sweetness, dominant roast malt, medium hop character with a slightly bitter finish that is quite pleasant. Impressive.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Flavor had chocolate dark fruits and some sweet chocolate. Very sweet medium bodied beer. Decent beer.
jpkeskinen (510) - FINLAND - FEB 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. The taste is nicely soft, sweet and malty. There’s some caramel there too.
Marduk (7181) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Hazy red copper color. Small size, off-white head, stays. Sweet and caramel in aroma. Weak aroma. Juicy, sweet, touch of red currant in taste.
FatPhil (15575) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)
Nice hoppy brown ale aroma. Nice full palate, smooth, gentle carbonation. Simple bready malts. Rather simple, drinkability high. Much better than an average US brown, like it.
acaffar2 (40) - - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Standard brown ale. Not very strongly flavored on its first impression, but it has a nice pleasant finish. Paradoxically, it is both rich and light.