areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Very nutty, chocolate brown with dark chocolate and hazelnut noticeable in aroma and flavor. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2009
aroma of unsweetened cocoa nibs and soil. little sweetness of speak of. appearance is 99% opaque. unsweetened roast is well balanced with good general bitterness that shakes me to my core. bitterness continues even as the overall palate fades. kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle, from Spuyten Duyvil Grocery in Brooklyn. Pours deep brown, capped with a moderate-sized tan head that persists until the last sip. Rich aroma of nuts, smoke, cocoa, and a little spice. Cocoa and nuts hit the palate hard, and are joined by caramel, smoke, espresso, earth and a little tobacco. Smoke and dark chocolate hand out for a long finish. Full bodied, yet still very drinkable. Great brown ale. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
the aroma is nutty with hint of smoke and deep caramel. the palate is thick lots of syrupy head. the overall flavors of smoke malts, nuts, caramel, toffee and dominate everywhere with this beer. Awesome. LilBeerDoctor (4128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, light roasted malt, caramel malt, and light fruits (apple, fig). Flavor has a nice smokey/oaky edge with roasted nuts, roasted malt, smoked apple, and maybe a touch of coffee. I like the smoked aspect of this beer, very tasty! Robust palate and creamy too (however it gets slightly wearing and a little acidic as you go through the beer). Overall, a brown ale I actually enjoyed.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750ml bottle, with a big thanks to dchmela for the awesome bonus! Pours a caramel brown with a good sized tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is nuts, caramel, toffee, light cola, and hints of vanilla and tobacco. Definitely more going on in the aroma than most browns. Flavor is mostly caramel, toffee, nut and chocolate, with a little tobacco on the finish. An easy drinking and enjoyable brown. Thanks again Dave! fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, smoky chocolate, a very sugary caramel note, maybe a hint of cedar, and an odd acidic note, might be getting some acetaldehyde as well, though I’m no brewer/expert, so I could be mistaken. Flavor seems less off than the aroma with lots of roasted malt, a bit of saltiness, lots of those nuts, but that caramel, sort of like caramel drizzle, remains an off putting sweet note. Still has an odd lingering acidity on the palate. Had some good stuff going on, but something felt off to me the whole time. Maybe I’m way off base and I just wasn’t a big fan, but then it’s 6 of one, half dozen of the other anyway. IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and tobacco. Lightly hazy brown with a big beige, glass lacing head. Flavor is tobacco, caramel, toffee, and faint bitterness. nickd717 (4820) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle shared by mfielden on BA - thanks Mark! This beer has an incredible appearance, murky dark brown with an awesome lasting tan head that leaves some foam and great lacing. Aroma is nuts, smoke, chocolate, and maybe even a hint of bretty tartness. Flavor is awesome and keeps going for awhile after you drink it. Chocolate malt, toffee, nuts, and smoke. Palate is fairly light for the ABV, adding to the drinkability. You really don’t notice the 9% at all. This is a great beer. bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
This dark brown ale had an enticing aroma with very little head as we poured it for a small group tasting in Bellport last night.
The big bodied ale appeared to be very dense in the glassware and the first taste further explained the commotion around its arrival in my area. It had a very enjoyable taste that one could pick out a variety of stronger ale notes, as the previous rater suggested. The dry chalky aftertaste also reminded me of cocoa bars and I thought a little Partagas cigar might go well with this ale.