glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Dark, but not quite solid, brown. Medium light brown head. Lots of roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar in the aroma. Very sweet malt taste with some chocolate, roasted malts and some hops on the finish. An overall very nice sweetness...I really enjoy this beer. For a brown, done very well and packs a good amount of taste in while still leaving it extremely drinkable for 7.5%. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma is loaded with roasted nuttiness alond with some light chocolate. The beer pours a transparent reddish-brown with a minimal off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with moderate nuttiness with some faint burnt flavors. There are hints of sweet chocolate throughout. There’s minimal bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a tad flat and thin. A decent Brown Ale. 6-3-7-3-14 (3.3)henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Re-Rate: I figured I’d re-rate this since I bought it thinking I hadn’t tried it before. After the first sip, I’m figuring the beer has improved in three years or I have a fresher bottle. The aroma is a nice combination of roasted nuts and chocolate. There’s a slight hint of caramel in there too. It pours a transparent mahogany, with a one inch head that fades to a thin film after a minute or so. The flavor starts with some roasted nuttiness and some light caramel. The chocolate is much more pronounced than my previous rating and the sweetness of the chocolate really becomes more pronounced in the finish. It leaves a pleasant chocolate and roasted nut aftertaste. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and soft mouthfeel. A 3.3 beer usually means the beer is okay, but I wouldn’t purchase again unless it’s on tap and I’m strapped for choices. However, having purchased this thinking I’d never had it before, I can’t say I regret it. Certainly no world beater, but pretty tasty and a "session" beer that I wouldn’t mind seeing in 6-packs. I’m using "session beer" rather loosely as it is 7.5% ABV, but it feels/tastes like a session beer.
The 22 ounce bottle poured a clear dark garnet colored beverage with an off-white, modest sized, rocky head that was mostly diminishing but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex but mostly malty with a moderate presence of molasses straw and mild coffee. There were also notes of dark dried fruits - raisin and date - with a hint of brown sugar. The body was medium full with a nice soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy texture. The flavor started off moderately sweet with the taste of molasses and coffee. That sweetness lasted throughout the medium-long finish and was joined by a hint of smoke and dried fruits. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Dark brown color with reddish hues; clear. Tan colored head that leaves a lasting crown. Aroma is caramel, light roast, and some alcohol notes. Flavor is caramel, slightly nutty, and just a hint of milk chocolate. Alcohol is quite detectable but not offensive in any way. Body is medium to light, but smooth. Overall I think this is a nice beer for a really good price.
22 oz bottle, $2.99 from the Pour House Bottle Shop. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured a dark reddish / brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, and light roast. Tastes of lighter nuts, chocolate, toasted malts and caramel. Not bad for a Brown Ale.
Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
bottle. pour is black with a thick lasting mulatto head.
aroma is peanuts, toffee, light coffee and bread crusts.
flavors are rich mutty malt with caramel,, a good little dose of hop flavor on the southside that is striking me as floral. lingering caramel and weak coffee and cream. the alcohol is not in your face, but noticeable a few sips in as it builds up. bread crust flavor is here too, a touch of butter too. not a bad one, i’m not upset about buying this one at all. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a darker brown with some red when held to the light and a small bubbly off white head. Aroma was nutty, chocolate, toasty and caramel. Flavor was also nutty, chocolate, caramel, nutty and a bit thin. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle on 9/9/06. Pours a dark brown with a nicely maintained tan head.. Sweet malty aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Flavor is primarily malty sweetness with a hint of hop bitterness, but the finish is sweet. hotstuff (5177) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Medium sized tan head that mostly diminished, minimal lacing, transparent, carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. Sweet, malty, chocolate, toasty, and nutty nose. Flavor was caramel and nutty. ABV was not very noticeable. Needs more flavor. Mildly tingly mouthfeel. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Pity, this seems to drawing a mixed review and I am sitting on the letdown side of the fence here. The alcohol just seemed overpowering for only 7.5 and the taste was hidden by it. There is some light roasted flvors along with a bit of caramel/hazelnut but this one will never match the IPA in this series.