Leighton (21879) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2016 Bottle shared with Sander at his place, NYC. Pours clear brown with a modest, tan foam head. Aroma has some ashy, lightly toasted malts just tinged with sourness. The flavor, though, is quite sour, and I can’t imagine it’s intentional. Some light toast and cocoa, but mostly sour malts. Light bodied with average carbonation. Sour finish, faint dry roast and leaves, some tart fruit hints. Hard to enjoy this. (January 2012, score 2.6)argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Bottle shared with Chris in NYC. This is more like it. Nicely rounded, bready, with toasted biscuits, impressions of cocoa. Good and drinkable. (February 2016, score: 3.6)
22oz bottle, thanks chriso. Large tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some nut, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry -- clearly infected. Smooth light-medium body. j12601 (12982) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear cola brown with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. Crisp nutty malt, toast, roast, caramel. Malty, roast, toast, more caramel. Nice touch of roast on the finish. Pretty good. JoeMcPhee (9459) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Bottle shared by goldtwins. Deep dark brown beer. Aroma is quite sweet and malty with a nice rich nutty component. Lightly fruity over a nice sweet malty base. Soft chewy character on the back. It’s slightly sweet but quite nice nonetheless. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Growler; samples at the brewpub: Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of nuts, lots of spice, caramel, molasses, touches of burnt malt. Tastes sweet and rich with a nice spicy character. The malt profile yields some nice biscuits, caramel and touches of nuttiness. It is very hard to make a good brown ale that has a palate and profile as rich as this one. One of the best browns I’ve had to date.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 22, 2015
Notched on the side, this one reads "June." I was told that’s a best by date.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light messy lacing roamed around the glass.
The smell had a superb blend of rich nutty malts with a light roasty smooth chocolate and ample coffee roaming in and out.
The taste copied the aroma nicely to work over a gentle sweet rolling and roasty smooth, slightly smokey and light amount of cocoa. A lingering roasty smooth coffee/cocoa aftertaste leads to a balanced dry to wet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a really nice sessionability to it. The carbonation rolled over nicely with a delicate sharpness.
Overall, this was a really nice English Brown ale, definitely again. hayduke (5579) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Another draft pour at the Egremont Inn in Great Barrington, MA this came a hazy brown with a light tan head and light lacing. Nose of caramel malts and nuts, and some light chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is malty with some hints of fruit. Finish is dry and lightly bitter. Decent brown. DiarmaidBHK (5459) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Sample at brewpub. Pours dark brown with a thick khaki head. Big nuttiness on the nose and tongue. Finished clean. Really nice example of style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Aurelius (5436) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Very smooth drinking. Aroma is cold mocha and herbal/grassy. Initial swig is a bit acidic, but then it buffers out. Choco-chalky, lightly sweet, lightly-to-moderate bittering. My guess is American hops. Borderline porter. Thanks to DW. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Every time I think I've gotten completely bored with an overdone style like the brown ale, I stumble on something unexpected. This strongly malty-sweet, hazelnutty-maply smooth fruity concoction dried out nicely at the end and left an excellent impression; I knew after this (my 2nd sample) that this brewpub would be special.