MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Draught at WBF. Pours a reddish brown with a small orange colored head. Aroma is sweet... fruit, caramel, and a hint of hops. Flavor is also very sweet: chocolate and caramel sweetness gives way to a nice hoppy finish. Good beer. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle. Copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is nutty and chocolaty at first but reveals citrus notes, toasted malt, and light cocoa. Taste is stronger chocolate, nutty flavors, citrus fruit, light pine, roasted malt, cocoa, hop resins and light spicy hops. Body is medium-full and rather chewy. There’s some resinous/oiliness to it along with a lasting bitterness. Carbonation is smooth and near creamy. Ends with more hop resins, spicy hop notes, citrus juice and peel, cocoa, chocolate covered nuts, and roasted malt. Different and tasty but I think you go bigger for a 30th Anniversary. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2009
dark brown body wih a decent head. A chocolaty flavor amid a farely hoppy body with a mild roast character and a bitter bitter hop finish. Milk chocolate & hops on the aroma. Very tasty! blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Draft at Coles on Buffalo. Pours red brown with a thin head. Light citric hoppy aroma with some sweet malt. The flavor has some floral citric hoppiness, a roasty hint, and a lasting hoppy finish. Pretty good. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2009
12oz from Sam’s, Durham. Pretty nice pour, a deep brown with fairly big carbonation. Nice bready and nutty notes with some yeast and (obviously) lively hops in the nose. Pleasant mouthfeel, if not especially abundant. Taste is caramel malt with a lot of fragrant hops in the finish. Not the best hoppy brown I’ve had but certainly quite enjoyable.
hopdog (12575) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2009
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deeper amberish/brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, fruity, and some nuttiness. Tastes of chocolate, roastiness, citrus, and floral hops. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Dark ruby color with small to medium beige head. Aroma is real fruity malt with yeast, a good amount of hop qualities, sweet but not cloyingly so. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, nuttiness, nice bitterness and pine, dirty grapefruit flavor, some banana as well. Medium body and creaminess. Nice. I think a India brown ale is a great name for the style that this would fall into. f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
On tap @ Mad Mex. Pours a dark amber color with a good sized tan head. Sweet, malty caramel aroma. Starts hoppy, odd for a brown ale, then the sweet malty body kicks in. Weird mix of sweetness and herbal finish. Not bad. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a ruby-brown color with a large dark beige head. The aroma was fruity hops, sweet, malty, nutty an had a touch of cocoa. The flavor was dry, toasty and bitter with noted fruity and floral hops an a touch of coffee and cocoa. The finish was long, dry, fruity, roasty and hoppy. Well done. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Good looking brown - clear with deep brown hues under the large dense white head. Good toasted bread malt backbone highlighted by toffee and chocolate. Strong spicy hop note heavy on citrus but lacking a pronounced floral character.