Mrthekidd (62) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
I love malty beers. This one is has a slightly bitter taste that gives it great balance. Very solid beer from one our great breweries.
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On tap at Jacks in San Francisco. Very dark brown with red highlights, nice but short-lived head. Light hopped aroma. Hoppy, bitter, smooth but a little bland. Nice oaty hop finish. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/11/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a two finger light mocha shade; the retention featured is excellent. The creamy texture leaves behind a good conglomeration of lacing on the glass.
S: What seems to take the forefront are distinct melon notes from the hops. The usual brown ale notes reside behind it (hazelnut and chocolate, primarily). It seems like the hops feature a distinct acidic quality to them in the aroma - old bottle, perhaps?
T: Even if its an old bottle, the melon and mango qualities really give it something different than what the style is used to. After a hoppy, bright opening, some chocolate, hazelnut, and brown sugar pops up to help finish the beer. Altogether, the citrusy hops and dark malts give it kind of a ’chocolate-covered orange’ taste to it, while exhales allow toasted malt qualities to appear. Simplicity aside, it’s still a good one right now; I could see a fresh bottle being great.
M: Not that heavy. Most brown ales I’ve encountered are really sweet yet chalky; this one has a pleasant smoothness to it, and a balance between lingering malt sweetness and hop dryness. Sweetness wins out, but overall this one is quite drinkable regardless.
O: Pretty likable, I must say. I’d reckon one bottle is enough for me; move up to two and it would become pretty cloying. Still, a solid example of a style I don’t really care for. hetyu (273) - HUNGARY - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle - Light nutty aroma with toffee, malts and berries. Brown, beige head, good lace. Nutty, malty, quite hoppy w/ Citra?!. Medium body. Flavourful, easy going. randir (2) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 10, 2013 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 caramel, chocolate, citrus, leaves, butterscotch, cough drop, amber, hazy, minimal head, very bitter, lightly sour, umami, sticky, lively,
Hercamund_Hops (29) - Rooster Poop, Nebraska, USA - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 3/9/13 6.0% LOOK: orange/brown with khaki head NOSE: spicy orange hops, potpourri, strong citrus cleaning solution smell like lemon pledge or something, tobacco, cedar chest, lemon grass, hay TASTE: bitter hops, light malts, very fresh roasted malt and hoppy finish FEEL: kind of dry OVERALL: haven’t had too much in this style, but I think this is pretty unique ...it’s very fresh and pretty tasty ...Chilled to room temp ...Good with chicken alfredo pasta 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2013 clear dark chestnut brown body with a medium-sized light brown head. tootsie roll chew malt and sharp Citra citrus juice / shallot / galangal hop aroma that just about crosses over into moldy brie smell territory given the presence of diacetyl. as it opens there’s more sherry oxidation of the malt (only 2 months in the bottle) and some maple-syrup-gasoline fusel notes too. medium-light body dissolving late. plenty of bran muffin and chocolate cookie malt with accents of burnt / roasted grains and a lot of caramal and sourish coffee. medium-high acid and presence of solvent flavors and oils also suggest diacetyl. if it were some sort of English take on the style (and a little lower alcohol) I could see a place for some diacetyl, but the citra hops prevent it from working. instead it’s a bitter, sour, raw mess of a beer and something I can’t stomach much of. and this is a January 2013 bottle. yuck. mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Had this just after Anchor’s "Small Beer" (proof that sometimes less is not more), and the difference in quality could not be more stark. This is one of the best Brown Ales. Malt. Just enough hop to balance (perhaps not enough?). Hop-heads will not like, but this malt-head loves it. That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
12 oz bottle pours clear ruby-brown with a small white head. Aroma is nutty, earthy, roasty, with some weird banana esters that really stand out. Flavor is very roasty, with more bananas and a very dry finish. Kinda like Belgian brown? Was this cross-contaminated? Not undrinkable, but something went wrong. TickerTerryDJ (647) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
Keg at BrewDog,Birmingham.24th february.Dark chestnut coloured pour with a medium sized tan head.Aromas of malt,toffee and caramel.Toffee,malt,caramel and dark fruit in the taste with some background nuttiness and citrus.Easy drinking brown ale.