gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
12 oz from Bev 4 Less. Pours a cloudy hue between root beer and homemade cider. Little bit of white foam on top. Aroma is strong of brown sugar, molasses, and something like apples. Taste is nice and malty, with a strong hop presence. The sweetness of the nose is gone in the palate here, at least until the very end. This is a wildly complex beer for being a super-brown... interesting and subtle. Hops, then bitter, then sweet, then supersweet... That’s the palate progression and, I have to say, it’s pretty damn amazing. Good stuff. Love these collaboration beers. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle @ home. Hazy, reddish brown appearance with a big, light brown head. Rich caramelized sugary, molasses, brown sugar, fairly piney/resiny hoppy aroma. Pretty big brown sugary, molasses, a little goopy, piney, earthy hoppy flavor. Hmmm, this one is a bit all over the place with a rich, syrupy, caramelized sugar element and then the resiny, piney hoppy element. Bleh. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
11 mar 2012, bottle. Light amber, clear, lots of steady bubbles. Nose is just aggressive grapefruit hops and some nut brown malt. Med creamy body and mildly fizzy. Nit brown and spruce hops. Pretty nice.
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Hazy reddish brown with a solid one-finger head, great retention and very nice lace. Sweetish brown sugar aromas with plenty of citrus and something like the smell you get when you cut the lawn early in the morning when it’s still wet and the clumps of grass clog the chute and you have to stick your hand in there to clear it out. But I digress. Floral and grassy hops come forward in the flavor profile, offset by a strong caramel malt and a slight alcohol burn, and now it seems more like an American Strong Ale. Brown sugar, roasted nuts and smoky wood add to the complexity. Medium body, strong carbonation, sticky mouthfeel and a crisp finish. Very interesting, and very good effort by the collaborators. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle from BevMo. Strongly hopped nose with a bit of roasted maltiness. Strong hops are subdued by a little bit of sweetness coming through from the malts. Pretty good balance of hops and brown ale.
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
nice big head, good lacing, citrus, grapefruit, deep chocolate, slightly sweet - really balance, not sure I would call it an american strong, but then I can’t offer another style. Solid beer BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Clear reddish amber hue, modest head formation. Big citrus, piney hop aroma, mild caramel. Hops are spicy on the palate with a strong grapefruit citrus in the finish. Malt is light but adds a touch of sweetness and dry nuttiness. This is a nice citrusy, hoppy brown ale, one I could drink on a regular basis. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
From bottle. Brown pour with tan bubbly head. Aroma is piney and sweet with molasses. Taste is piney with a touch of citrus with almost a nutty finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely a stone inspired brew. Damn good brown ale. jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy ruby with huge off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit citrus, pine, licorice, some caramel. Spicy flavor with good bitterness and a nice malty backbone. Above average mouthfeel; nice piney finish. Quite good. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Served from a 12 oz bottle from Barron’s. The appearance is a deep murky brown with a good sizes light brown head. Super hoppy nose. Lemons, tangerine, chocolate malts, and a bit of a spiciness. Great flavors. Hopped up brown sugar with chocolate undertones. The hops are floral with some resins and spice additions. A bit perfumery at times too. The hop profile really takes over the brew and pulls it away from the brown ale base but tasty all the way.