VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Roasted malty sweetness with hints of cinnamon. Blackish brown with a red hue, thick medium head. Sweet roasted cacao nibs with some hazelnut, bitterness is mild, but present and appropriate. Medium carbonation, heavier bodied, but the warm alcohol finish cuts through quite nicely. This almost seems like a great holiday style ale at its worst, and a complex Imperial Brown Ale at its best. Great beer msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bomber from Spanky’s in Pueblo. Pours clear dark brown with very light tan head. Aroma is malty with nuts and caramel. Flavor is again malty with some chocolate, nuts, molasses, and some booze. On the heavy side compared to most browns. Thicker mouthfeel. Don’t really like the boozy finish. Pulman Brown is similar in mouthfeel but blows this away in terms of flavor and balance. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Clear chestnut pour produces a small eggshell head that left minimal lacing. Aroma is dark malt, toasted almonds, and molasses. Flavor includes rich caramel, dark fruit, and chocolate. Not thick or viscous...medium mouthfeel. Pretty tasty. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2009
I think some people should seriously revisit this beer with all of their tastebuds fully functioning. One of the more interesting browns that I have had in a while. Bottle pours deep brown with a dense tan head and decent amount of lacing. The nose has sooo much going on that I can’t really understand some of the mediocre reviews. Aroma is heavy in roasted nuts, chicory, molasses, cookie dough, chocolate and dark vinous fruit. Flavor is primarily the same with the sweet malt giving way to what seems like tobacco on the finish from the relatively muted, earthy hops. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2009
surprisingly dark pour... clear orange tinted brown with a small tan head.
immediately i can notice vaporous alcohol in the sniffer... aromas of nuts, chocolate, faint coffee, malt/roasty grains, flowers, molasses and cookie dough.
the flavor shares the same characteristics along with a dry finish and lots of boozy notes. it is actually quite hot in the belly though that doesn’t stop me from drinking more.
it has a nice full body but a strange (not unpleasant) chalky texture. abv% keeps it dry and away from being too sweet... 6/4/6/4/12/3.2
pinion (12) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2009
A: Dark and then some more dark. Poured with a bit of head but it goes down to almost none. Perhaps it was too cold.
S: Smells like a brown but there are some definite coffee hints in there. It almost smells like a porter. Very good.
T: Wow! Some malt hits you as well as the chocolate tones. Dark chocolate really that mixes nicely with the maltiness. Mmmm. There is a bit of bitterness in there too. But wow, the chocolate flavors out of this are awesome! This is probably the best brown I’ve ever had. I’ll be sad when I can’t buy this one anymore.
M: Creamy, silky, with a bit of bitter almost cola like feel all at the same time. Awesome!
D: this one is a sipper obviously from the high ABV but I could sip on this all night long. I might have to buy a few of these to get me through winter!
Overall: If you can find this buy it. Well worth a try! This is one of the better beers I’ve had lately. tedovertu (298) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Actually really enjoyed this one. Aroma of cookie, brown sugar, and molasses. Creamy off white head with fair lacing. Dark brown amber color. Moderately sweet finish with slightly acetic finish. Medium bodied with an oily texture. jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2009
(bottle). Dark brown color. medium tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Sweet malt flavor with light alcohol. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Thin carbonation. Spare lacing. RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2009
22oz bottle. Color is a near solid amber with good carbonation and a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. Taste is rich and sweet. Starting with a medium body it goes down creamy with a rich feel. Finish comes in sweet with a toasted chocolate taste followed by a roasted coffee like bitterness. After taste is a lingering of the flavors ending with a bitter dry feel. I’m imprested, this is one of the best Browns I have had in a while its bold and robust too many I have had lately have been thin and candy sweet. drjay44 (3891) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a short lived mocha head, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is coffee, sweet caramel....taste initially is sweet toffee, bit of molasses, mild nuttiness drifts in, finishes with alcohol sharpness and hop bitterness, the sweetness is present throughout. This is a pleasant brew, but misses the classic brown style, with a both hop and alcohol being too strongly represented.