flying_pig (1687) - SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2017 Thisis12ptfont (1234) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of caramel, roasted toffee and barley. Straight brown in color with a thin foam. Flavors of nuts, roasted caramel and barley. Finish leaves a lingering hazelnut or almond nuttiness. Overall, very interesting take on a brown ale. It is a little watery and there is a slightly odd funk in the back of the palate. Other than that it is pretty good. I’d give this a B- rating.
250ml Keg at Baird's Harajuku Taproom, Tokyo (¥600):Alengrin (5902) - BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2017
Quite a pleasant offering from Baird, albeit one that came through slightly lighter than expected but at least it was fresh & had some bitterness showing too. The beer was easy to drink & balanced with some subtle hops showing without being overly pronounced & overall the beer was quite a clean, sessionable offering that was well worth trying too.
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2017 English-style brown ale from this English-owned Japanese brewery, bottle bought at Heilig Hart’s webshop. Tightly lacing, irregular, moussy, pale greyish white, stable head over a lightly hazy, translucent ruddy mahogany brown beer with coppery red hue. Aroma of pink peppercorns, red bell pepper, caramel candy, freshly cut red apple, raw rhubarb, cooked turnip, red beetroot, horseradish even, unripe peach, redcurrant, grape peel, sourdough, damp soil, dried old orange peel, unripe blue plum, light grapefruit juice, cloves, vague liquorice. Fruity onset, lots of red apple crispness, hints of peach, pear and some light pineapple, sweetish core with mildly souring edges, medium carbo, slick and supple mouthfeel. Light but well-dosed malt body, with a nutty, fuller, caramelly sweetish side to it on the one hand and a sharper, cereally graininess on the other side but adding a bitterish toasty quality later on, bit resiny, with ongoing fruity aspects; ends dryish, with sourish impressions lingering alongside a herbal, softly spicy and lightly citrus peel-like hop bitterishness which remains elegant and subtle, penetrating the bittersweetish, nutty and toasty malts with a soft bitterness without becoming overpowering as would be the case in an American-style interpretation of this beer genre. Remains crisp, fruity and juicy, nothing really complex or otherwise ambitious going on here, but to the point, very quaffable and elegant. Has the lightness and quenching features of any proper English brown ale - a style remarkably diminishing in its country of origin. Fits its style denominator quite well. koleminer20 (4176) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2017
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the stupid book. The pour is a mahogany brown color with a light egg shell colored ring of head and maybe a spot or two of lace. The aroma is seeet and candy forward. There is a little bit of bitter malt and a light toffee on the back end. Very light. The flavor is a little sharper. The alcohol up front is a bit of a turn off for me. There is a light fruitiness and the candy is there. The alcohol is overwhelming the other items. The mouth feel is a little light but decently carbonated with a lingering malty alcohol coming through heavily. Not too bad. 6 4 6 4 14 ebone1988 (2237) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is hoppy, brown sugar, malt, slight nuttiness, fruity but good. Appearance is brown, hazy, light tan head. Taste is pine, brown sugar, bitter, nutty, task hoppy and dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, dry bitter hop and brown sugar aftertaste. Overall, it’s not terrible. 6 4 7 4 14 indrekr (622) - ESTONIA - JUN 10, 2017
Appearance: brown, hazy, minimal head, white foam, disapperas immediately. Aroma: raisin, bread, malt, suphuric :-/. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium bitterness. Palate: light waterish body, thin feel, average carbonation, medium bitter longaftertaste.
vbaudry (153) - - JUN 10, 2017
Brown orange robe with a thin white head.
Nose on torrefied malt and some flowery hops, and a hint of yeast.
Attack is foamy, body is light/medium, on hops and notes of coffee.
Finish is quite sharp, hoppy and bitter.
Quite balanced between malt and hops, not too complex, fresh for a brown ale, not dry and not sugary. colui72 (1160) - HONG KONG - MAR 6, 2017
Pours hazy brown, with a medium white head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel and roasted malts. Taste doesn’t get too away from the nose, quite bitter and malty, with a fruity after tasty. Light body, average ale, drinkable. FinnIckler (979) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Nose is toffee, boozy, chocolate. Palate is also a bit boozy, some citrus, apricot. decent brown ale, but just to boozy. Juks (1202) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 22, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours clear reddish-brown, thick light-beige head, leaves lacing. Aroma is caramelly, nutty, some berries, malty. Taste is mildly hoppy, some caramel, woody, malty, piney. Some fruity tart in aftertaste. Medium bodied, average carbo. Drinkable. TimE (6275) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2017
Reminds me of bijou poured over chocolate cake with some nuttiness. Full body. Hoppy for the style. Very unique