Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle, shared with Jerc. Dark brown, small white head. Really strong milk chocolate aroma - how can you not like that! Medium mouthfeel. Nice chocolate flavour. Wonderful nut brown taste as well. Nice dry hops in the finish. A really solid sweet brown ale. This brewery rarely disappoints. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 16, 2005
(22 oz bottle: Purchased for $3.50 at the brewery) I visited Bear Republic last year and purchased three bottles. The first two that were opened were infected, so I fully expected this third bottle to be equally soured, but much to my surprise, this bottle of beer is not only quite healthy, but it’s delicious! Lots of moderately sweet chocolate, a fair amount of roast, and mild hops and bitterness, but I’m sure aging has diminished the hops to some degree. Nevertheless, this still shows pretty good balance, it’s not just a sweet, caramely and chocolaty like the typical brown ale. The nose is somewhat roasty and chocolaty, but also a bit grainy, so this is the weak link of this beer. Body is medium or better, and seems perfect for the style. Carbonation is fairly gentle, and with no sharp flavors, this beer is quite easy on the palate and goes down smoothly. Deep mahogany in color with gorgeous ruddy amber highlights at the edges. The light tan head is fairly small, rising to no more than half an inch, and that’s a generous estimation. Retention is standard, settling in at a filmy layer, but there is a decent amount of patchy, haphazard lacing on the glass. Wow, I’m really thankful that one of these three bottles was healthy because this is very tasty and enjoyable. While it follows a fairly standard recipe, it’s still one of the best brown ales I’ve tried. Still, I have to ask rhetorically, how can I buy three bottles directly at the brewery, two are infected but the third is totally delicious? tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 Strong citrus hops suggest tangerine and lime with underlying nutty, sweet malt character. Clear mahogany brown body is topped by a generous and lasting tan head that leaves some slight lace. Strong bitterness over the nutty malts with some lingering citrus in the aftertaste. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. An improvement over my last sampling but still perhaps not one of my favourites. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in April 2011. Brown malt aroma is grainy and lightly sweet. Clear copper-brown body is topped by a low but lasting tan head. Earthy, grainy malt flavour with plenty of caramel and some notes of roast chased by moderate bitterness. Medium light body with smooth texture and fairly lively carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005. Original rating 6-2-5-4-10=2.7 Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
pours a deep brown hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, a little hazelnut. Flavors of roasted malt, carmel and toffee, a litlle more hazelnut. Pleasant finish with a lingering aftertaste. zug4abby (288) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a dark brown color with a decent head and moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is roasty with hints of warm chocolate. The flavor is warm and roasty and absolutely delicious to drink. Very smooth on the palate and easy to drink.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a medium head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet, malty and slightly roasty with a slight nuttiness and a little bitter hoppiness in the finish. Medium bodied and smooth. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Nice chestnut mahogany color with creamy off-white head. Nose of toasty malt and light fruity hops. A nutty thing also going on. The flavor is balanced albeit a little bland. Thin body with a musty tail. Finishes creamy but again thin. Meh. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours mahogany browm with minimal head. Aroma and flavor are all standard nut brown. Almonds through and through. Very one dimensional. Had a strange sourness in the finish, that is quite a put off. brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Pours brown with brick red hints. Full brown head that dissipates slowly. The aroma is burnt malts with a bit of nuttiness or molasses, but mostly burnt malt. The flavor was a bit sweet and a bit sour. You get burnt malt, a slight nuttiness (that you would expect) but really overwhelming burnt malt and an astringent body. I suppose the dryness is hop presence but they come across as overly acidic. I was disappointed by this one, which is sad as my expectations were low to begin with. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2005
You like sweet molasses?! Well here ya go - tons of it in the aroma - very nice, but almost overwhelming. Taste is also very syurpy sweet, but luckily, it has a dry hoppy finish to add some kind of balance. A well made brew, but not something I’d drink much of.