krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
this little moose bellows out (in a slightly asthmatic way) a fairly nice aroma that suggests some of the same raw materials that go into some much bigger moose... uh, i mean beers. those scents are enticing--nice tones of cashew, potting soil and a smudge of oak, date and chocolate-- but this modest brown seems to be designed to fit into a tight lunch schedule, because there’s essentially too much water in the glass for the flavor to get much traction (remember, moose like a lot of water). the moose in question drooled a wealth of clear spiddle the color of well-roasted coffee beans, while giving off a russet sheen. the head meanwhile was as ample, impressively firm, and as bone-tan as any big alaskan bull’s antlers. the flavor is nutty and pleasantly malty, with just a nod of peachy sweetness and toast, and an even less emphatic nod to hops (moose hate excessive nodding). still, somehow the spare malts and a equally meager lemon-rind bitterness of this pocket-moose join hands (or hooves) with nimble balance to span the body in a way that keeps it from being a total light-weight. AZeagle (11) - Cave Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured out a very nice dark ruby/brown. A great head with a lot of staying power. Reminds me initially of a porter. The flavor is very uinque, sweet, chocolatey, but just enough hop bite to keep it balanced. This is a beer I could drink all night if I had to...or even if I didn’t. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Despite the name, this is actually a pretty decent beer. A small bit of northwestern hops in the nose and a nice sweet malty flavor. Tasted like a Fat Tire with amped up flavor/aroma. Very nice. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2006
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with no freshness date.
Made a decent appearance, poured a hazy red hued brown with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of sticking, moderate carbonation.
Had a sweet malty nose, caramelized and toasty.
A lightly crisp and smooth light medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Chocolate and cocoa powdery with toasted grainy taste followed by a leafy hoppiness, then a little fruitiness and a dryish malty finish.
A nice English Brown Ale from Big Sky, tasty and quaffable.
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Poured as dark brown as many a porter. Head was a nice tan covering that lasted the entire drink with full lacing around the glass after each tilt and sip. The aroma was nutty, chocolate, with some hops. The flavor was decent, nuts emerging from low at fridge temps, but increasing with temperature. The drink was somewhat porter-like: chocolate and some coffee, roasted malts, with a hop finish. Upon warming, this beer improved. First tasting the mouthfeel seemed more creamy (Aug ’05), but more recently (June ’06) seemed too watery. The chocolates and coffee in the finish were a nice touch with the hops playing a nicely balancing background role. Re-rate, 1/07, draft in Flagstaff: Mouthfeel remained thin and watery, and the hops were still not at the level I remember from my first tasting. A nice balance of malt and hops, though, this time the smoke, char, and ash flavors were stronger and balanced out a coffee-choco malt base. The ash/smoke flavors reminded me of the way DFH plays on the dual style Indian Brown, and I like this non-peaty approach much better. A unique brown ale, not rich enough in flavor to warrant a higher rating, a little overcarbonated at this thin of a body, but the flavors meld together quite well, and it doesn’t run away malty sweet or thick. Re-rate, 11/07, draft: This one definitely approaches more of a porter than a brown ale, enjoyable either way, a solid brew from a style that doesn’t normally excite me, nice stuff, although not outstanding.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. 16 oz aluminum. Deep maroon on the pour with a tan head. Fruit and roasted java on the nose. Iced espresso with some sweetness. Thought this was pretty good and I’m not a brown aficionado. The roasted malts, sweet caramel and sprinkle of sweetness made this beer quite enjoyable. A brown ale for those who typically may not love that style. Thanks to wolfs for the bottle. IrishBoy (4202) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Walnut brown with a tiny tan head. Toasty malt and caramel aroma; flavor is malty iwth a mocha note. Body is a little watery. Enniskillen (2055) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Have passed this buy many a time, but finally decided to try it. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and some butterscotch. Body is a nice ruby brown hue, with a thin dissapating head. Taste is very caramel oriented, slightly watery, mildly bland. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours a dark brown even for a brown ale and a thin short lived head. Aroma is a bit bland, but has some light nuttiness and light roast. Caramel sweetness, toffee, and nuts in the flavor but again- it is slightly weak overall. Light herbal and bitter finish. Pretty clean and easy to drink overall. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
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Very sweet malty aroma is breadier than many Browns and almost touches on the Malt aroma of a Malta pop. Brown with amber hues and a quickly diminishing tan head. Big chocolate/caramel/malt powder punch in the fore. Some fruity apple notes in the middle and a mildly dry nutty finish. I just had the Deschutes Brown Ale and along with this one it gives me hope that there are still very good Brown Ales being made today.