Optigon (561) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours deep brown with a fine, white head. Light chocolate and roast flavor. Thinner mouth feel with a bit of chocolate mouth flavor. Pretty lackluster.
dmac (6646) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
12 oz bottle from ucusty, thanks Dave. Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with an average size fizzy light beige head. Malty aroma with lots of grain, slight nutts and a hint of earth. Thin bodied that is heavy on the carbonation. Slight chocolate flavor with notes of slightly burnt toast, earth and nutts that finishes slightly sour. Big Boss brews this, I always wondered what happened to him after he left the WWF. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown pour, minimal head. Almost burnt malt nose. Roasted malt, slight nuttiness, but pretty much ruined by thin palate and sour aftertaste. mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2008
tap. small tan creamy head into dark brown body. puny lacing present. aromas of brown sugar, light caramel, and light hops flavor is a muted sweet throughout. watery texture. almost no carbonation. short to moderate finish duration. pretty good brown ale. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle thanks to ucusty: Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with a spotty-lacing khaki-colored head. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel with some nuttiness and mild earthy notes. Starts with a good dark caramel malty sweetness and toasted hazelnut flavor with a touch of earthy bittering hops before a semi-dry finish. A pretty good and true to style brown ale.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
I found this to be rather one dimensional, with hints of caramel and malt. A simple brown ale that is easy to drink yet is nothing noteworthy... Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2008
What a great little brown this one turned out to be.....
This one could almost be classified as a porter.... Much, much darker than other browns.... Aroma of roasted malt and quite a bit of chocolate....
Very surprising taste of sweet roasted malts and a definite chocolate/cocoa finish that sets this one apart from most browns to me....
Great little beer from North Carolina.... What a treat... bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
I love the nose on this! A lot of toffee, dark cherry and slight espresso notes... very comforting. It pours a dark mahogany-prune into the glass, with a minimal head and sparse lace. The flavors don’t quite live up to the bouquet, as they are a bit lighter on the tongue than expected. Some nuts, toffee, roasts and vinous notes intermingle, but with a soft body and light nut back-palate, it comes across a bit weaker than it initially seems. A little disappointed with the offering, as it has so much going for it before it hits the lips... JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2012 On tap at Mitch’s, Raleigh. Really wanted to like this offering by the locals more, but I found it pretty disappointing. Very nice looking - deep brown body with flecks of amber and a nice substantial head - but the weak aroma gave it away. Thin in most respects, with only the faintest (and pretty boringly standard) hints of caramel and bready malts in there. Not much depth or character at all. emacgee (4722) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a one finger fizzy tan head. The aroma is sweet, a little nutty, caramel and toffee, . The flavor is nutty, sweet, a little grainy, toasted malts, no hops detected, definitely on the English side. Light mouthfeel. Easy to drink sessionable brown.