radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off white/tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, touch of hops, caramel, hazelnut. Flavor is rich, creamy chocolate malts, hazelnut, oatmeal. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle of batch number 8856 shared by Dogbrick. Pours a cloudy light brown with a medium tan head. Malty caramel aroma with a bit of hop. Flavor is pretty much the same. Decent, but not quite as robust as I like my brown ales. PorterPounder (8362) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Blue Max Liquors, Burnsville, Mn - 12 oz bottle. Pours a sediment filled dark orange to light brown with a thin, but sticky mocha colored head. Delectably sweet, chocolately aroma with some burnt marshmallow notes in there as well. Delicous nutty flavor some caramel, roasted marshmallows and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Another winner from Bell’s. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a dark brown color with orange highlights and a large beige head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was toasty with hints of cocoa and wood. . The flavor wass tangy and malty with notes of dry chocolate, wood, and a mild roasty undertone. Medium length finish. Medium body. Well made for it’s style. PhillyCraft (8198) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
Always been a favorite brown ale of mine. Aromas and taste of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla extract, roasted and delicious malts and grains. Balanced and sessionable. Great.
AirForceHops (8034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2010
12 oz bottle from a mix case, sold in Lake Harmony, PA. Pours a hazy ruby brown with a few fingers of light, white, slowly dissipating head. Very nice lacing all the way down. Really nice nutty caramel aroma. Medium mouthfeel, and a nice smokey sweet hazelnut with a slight hint of hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Could be a bit more complex, but still pretty good. Smooth and easy to drink.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
12-oz. Pours a murky and very dark brown with a billowing, fluffy off-white head. Somewhat soapy nose, soft cookie dough and caramel notes in there as well. Somewhat watery and fairly light body, a bit slippery, very soft carb. Earth, caramel, and soap on the mid-palate. Mild finish. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
A very easy-drinkin’, well-balanced brown ale. There’s not too much going on in the nose, especially malt-wise (it’s more hoppy than malty, but thankfully the hop nose is very herbal/spicy/floral, not a crude resin-bomb), but it’s ok, not unattractive and no flaws. I wish the nose was as enjoyable as the flavor balance, and it’s too bad the ABV isn’t lower because at 4.5% or so this would be a terrific session beer. blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy bubbly dark amber-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, some hops and nuts -- a hint of metal in there too. Simple and straightforward malty flavour with some nuts and a mild hoppy finish. I got some metal in the flavour as well. Medium bodied. It’s a good version of the style, it’s just not one of my favourite styles to drink.