FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Code of 1SP (2011, September, 17th, I think); Sampled July 2012; purchased from Beverages 4 Less
A vigorous pour into my small St. Sebastiaan tulip produces a fat, two-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-red / brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, raisin leaning crystal malt, ample toasted whole grain brown bread, a peppery herbal note, and an ample English Biscuit like character. There is quite a bit of fruit character in the nose; ample notes of non-descript, dried berries, and definite currant notes play quite a role here. The malt character has quite a bit of complexity to it, somehow spicy and toasted, but much more so than I can describe; it seems that some light oxidation may be setting in that is accentuating this character.
The beer is lightly sweet up front, this picks up some toasted character towards the middle and the finish is dominated by a whole grain and oxidized malt character that provides a rich nutty note, perhaps a touch of madeira, and a slight chalky note. There is an herbal character here, as well as a light bitterness that helps provide some contrast to the dominant malt character. The body of this beer has a certain heft to it, but is certainly not so much that this does not remain a quaffable brew. Soft citrus and peach like notes are noticeable up front before a more herbal hop character takes hold, but the citrus is never completely dropped as it lingers lightly through to the finish.
I am a bit surprised that this has started to oxidize already, but having said that, the oxidation helps to boost the malt complexity at this point. A solid beer, but one that I would have still liked to have tried fresh.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real nice. Has a lil sourness and minimal bittering but an aluminum funk aftertaste. All in all it was good, I liked it, Nice reddish brown color dark fruit with aluminum foil taste, and aroma was slight so not much there, it was good overall. Different. try it
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours deep clear chestnut brown, very deep and reddish colour. Thin off-white head, great lacing. Nose is toasty, with red rope licorice, cherry bark, light roast, and smoke. Flavours of red candies, rubber, smoke, light fruit, big Dutch licorice note. Very interesting, but I wouldn’t want more than one.
77ships (8517) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
15 cl. draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft // clear ruby brown with a small mocha head // nose is excess of yeast, lots of glue in here, malts, coffee & plenty of berries // taste is milk chocolate, glue, sweet berries, sweeter coffee, nuts, milky, toffee & nuts, there is some hops in here but they are mostly berried here // medium bodied, glue qualities pop up here as well, medium carb. // quite enjoyable
kapusil (1268) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.355l bottle. Dark ruby/brown body with a brown head. Very complex aroma with coffee, raisins, plums and some citrusy hoppyness. Plums, yeast and some toffee in the flavor with some citruses. Awesome beer!
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft.
Brune opaque, col crémeux léger café au lait.
Arôme est malté grillé léger, notes houblonnées citronnées.
Palais, malté poussiéreux et levure avec une pointe d’amertume persistance et bien agréable restant dans ce profile très américain de brown ale.
Pointe d’épice de caramel avec un fin côté biscuité et en retrait un houblon frais et citronné ’citra’.
olio (9672) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ Hotel room, San Francisco.
Pours dark hazy red-brown color with me head. Aroma of malts, caramel, some chocolate notes and hints of nuts. Flavour of malts, caramel, ripe fruit notes and some dark berries. Quite traditional brown ale.
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Francisco
Aroma is malty and sweet with nuts and toffee. Flavour has nuts, some caramel, toffee and roasted malt. Some solvent-like alcohol in the finish. Your typical Brown Ale.
ration (2164) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
200712. Bottle at hotel in SF. Pours brown with a high head. Aroma malts, some caramel and nuts. Malty taste. Not Bad.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is toffee, chocolate, raisins and nutty. Poured a deep mahogany color with a big and pillowy off light tan head. Taste is woodsy, toffee, raisins and coffee blend with slight bitter finish (not overly so).