blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle (12oz) from Trader Joe’s] Pours a dark, deep amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nuts along with light hops and some vanilla -- smells a bit too sweet but not bad. Flavour: Not bad, maltier and hoppier then expected (not very hoppy, just more then expected), a bit nutty and chocolaty and with a short dry finish. Average bodied. I’ve had worse beers from these guys, this isn’t bad, it’s decent.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Chicago. Poured a lovely shade of chestnut brown with a creamy beige head (stuck around for a few minutes). Tasty aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of floral. Light-medium bodied on the palate and smooth. Flavor picked up some nuttiness as well as the aforementioned toasty darker malts. Somewhat tacky, sweet finish with a little bit of coffee. Certainly palatable, but not so exciting.
Strykzone (7252) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black pour with a short lived head. Red highlights. Aroma is full of malt, nuts, milk, unmalted barley. The barley gives a sorghum molasses flavor. Faint hop presence. Lactic acid. Mild effervescence. Smokey. Medium bodied. Not bad at all.
AirForceHops (7044) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s Portsmouth, NH. Dark brown color. Aroma is a pleasant mix chocolate malt and toffee. Body and flavor is on the thin side. Yet no problems at all. Taste is mild chocolate, hints of nuts and sugar. Well… overall if you what cheap beer that is not harsh, this is ok. This will not get anyone excited but for sure drinkable.
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle found at Trader Joe’s Poured pitch black with a pretty big bubbly head. Verrrrry nice roasty aroma, among the roastiest (is that a word?) I remember. Follows thru with a nice smoky, sitting by the fireplace, nutty flavor. Way too light in body, and the excitement wanes after a swallow or two, but this is a nice roasty, toasty beer when you want one for a session.
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared by garthicus, courtesy of irishboy. Clear deep ruby-mahogany pour, small head. Sweet medium roast caramel aroma, chocolate, with grassy bitterness. The taste followed - more an incredibly light porter than a brown - crisp, light, sweet but not too much so, only mildly carbonated, with a very quick finish. A decent, clean brew, not erring on either the bitter or syrupy side.
blutt59 (6560) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, dark brown with red highlights, no foam, malt and cola aroma, flavor of raisins , licorice and nutshells , dry finish
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled via California and Joe: The beer pours a medium reddish brown hue with a small but mostly lasting tan head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of hazelnut and walnut, caramalized malts, mocha, grassy and leafy hops, pipe tobacco, and just a touch of dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a basic malty roast taste with an interesting lemony twang undertone. Leafy hops, light coffee bitter, and burnt smoky character upon the finish. Only slightly nutty despite the commercial description. The feel is lively and overcarbonated. This is a weak porter, but it’s more akin to a brown ale anyway. Arggh, it’s okay I guess.
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma is very malty with cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and light roasted nuts. It pours a dark transparent copper with a two finger khaki head with good retention and nice webbing for lacing. The flavor starts almost tootsie roll-ish with chocolate and caramel. There is a light-moderate fruitiness in the background. The finish has some roasted nuts and coffee notes that sneak through all the maltiness. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. I’m really surprised to see "thin" in some ratings when describing the mouthfeel. This is definitely not the mouthfeel I would expect in a brown ale...maybe an Imperial Brown. A little to malt forward/sweet (I might even say cloying) for my preferences in a brown ale.
joeneugs (6370) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. It pours a nice brown color with a decent off white head. The aroma is classic brown ale. Nice and toasty/nutty with a hint of biscuit and cocoa. Lightly roasted. The flavor is is the same. Good level of brown sugar and molasses sweetness without being cloying, backed up by toasted malt and cocoa. Good full body. Pretty much a perfect brown ale, and at $6 a sixer, a screaming deal! Lots more please.