mile (3932) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, caramel and light roasted malt with light bread, light tropical fruitiness and light piney hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and caramel sweetish flavor, light fruitiness and light roasted malt with faint hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, some caramel and light roasted malt, faint piney hoppyness. Caramel sweetish brown ale – that’s it. glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle. Moderate roasted and nutty for the malt, light to moderate pine for the hops, light earth for the yeast, withhints of toffee and paper. head is average to large, frothy/fizzy, light beige with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear deep mahogany. Flaovr is slightly sweet, moderately acidic and sour to start, then finishes lightly acidic and mlightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. Hoppier than most Brown Ales, but that’s what sets this beer apart for me. inbirraveritas (1562) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2012
355 ml bottle.
Poured a clear copper brown with a medium sized creamy tan head.
Caramel malty start followed in the middle by toast, mild chocolate and tart citrusses.
Slick, light sticky texture.
Bittersweet, rounded finish escorted by nuts and citrusses underpainted by some notes of alcohol.
Enjoyable and easy drinkable brew.
ClubGonzo (5668) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep coppery clear body with a medium white head. A bit lighter in color than I’d expect from a brown ale, but hey. Aroma is toffee, sweet caramel, nuts and hints of almonds. Nice. Taste is burnt sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, hints of nuts and salty licorice. Creamy, full-bodied palate. A very nice brown ale from Anchor, whom I’ve been waiting for a while to be impressed by lately. Cuso (8616) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle from bierzwerg.de. Hazy dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, citrus. Taste, roasted malt, cocoa, toasted bread, citrus hops. Nice bitterness in finish. Good beer.
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2012
12 ounce single bottle from Total Wine in Huntersville, NC. Pours a nice brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is rich with malt. Taste is cocoa, malt, lightly nutty with a light after taste. Nice beer. Strykzone (7306) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Draft at Deweys Pizza in Edwardsville. Darker brown and clear. This beer was full of nuts that were nicely complex. Roasted malts were secondary. Later some gentle citrus andbittering hops came out. A pleasant and sweet brown. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very malty and a lightly citric and tropical fruit like hop presence that actually compliments the sweet malts instead of counter balancing with bitterness. Just enough bitterness to keep it from becoming cloying. Very easy to drink. Nice to see Anchor finally starting to put out some new beers. Lots of hop flavor, but barely any hop bitterness.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, reddish brown with a large meringue like, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy cookie, nutty malt, molasses, caramel and slight milk chocolate; light citrus and tropical fruit hops; maple syrup; berry and hints of cola. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average duration. There was nutty malt, caramel, molasses, hints of coffee and chocolate, light citrus hops, tropical fruit hops and even some berry. The light to medium body was a little syrupy and then fairly dry with fizzy carbonation and a ever so slightly astringent and ever so slightly metallic finish. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2012
(bottle) Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a large tan head that retains perfectly. Aroma is lightly toasty, faint dark chocolate, and a fair amount of hops that reminds me a bit of chewing gum for some reason. I also get a whiff of something tropical. An odd combo. here. Flavor is surprisingly "fresh" tasting, with the hops regrettably stealing the show from the malts. There’s a hint of toastiness that attempts to break through the hops, but it’s quickly tramped down by the hops. There’s an odd consistency to this beer as it’s like a hop syrup, and the flavor just sticks to the tongue. No pleasant toasty and roasty malts to speak of. Just this odd faintly tropical, chewing gum-like flavor. Unusual depth of flavor indeed. Mouthfeel is fairly full and carbonation is pretty high. I have enjoyed several citra-hopped beers, but I might have to make a mental note that they don’t jive with me in brown ales. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Torpedo bottle. Pours a clear and very dark brown with a loose tan head and light stringy lace. Nice rich brown bread and molasses nose, showing just a tiny twang of aluminum. Creamy medium body with light but pleasant carb. Rich toasty bready mid palate with some very light molasses notes, but overall very clean and thoroughly attenuated. Light brown bread finish. Pleasant.