Cletus (6368) - 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. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Malty and hoppy. Well balanced. Nutty. Subtle roastiness. Enjoyable. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Ruby hued dark caramel sheen. Thin beige head. Light, big bubbled carbonation. Aroma of toasted chocolate and caramel and dry nuts. Soft and gentle with a low carbonation. Rich toffee and dry nuts with a hint of cocoa in the aftertaste. Medium light body. Fairly dry. Low bitterness. Smooth and easy drinking, if thinnish. Finishes with bittersweet cocoa and dry nuts and a thicker body. A good, wholesome version. Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Strong coffee aroma and flavor. Some nutty flavors, smooth bitterness, and definitely maintains its positive qualities after a few pints. PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - APR 22, 2002
nice rich brown ale with nice hoppy finish! try it, the place is lovely right in the Berkshire Mountains!
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - 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. DiarmaidBHK (6151) - 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 boto (2283) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 5, 2003
I'd almost call this a stout. Very dark and roasted tsste, wiwth hints of chocolate. Very Good! muzzlehatch (4975) - 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.