marcus (10669) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
On tap at the Map Room in Chicago. This brown ale poured with a fluffy tan head - it took a while to pour. There was a very malty sweet flavor with a slightly chalky finish. This beer tastes a lot like Loterbol Bruin (the brownest of the brown ales), but is not quite as rich. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle. Poured a deep reddish-brown with a moderate layer of toffee-colored head. Aroma was of coffee and cereal malts, brown sugar, and toffee. Quite sticky on the palate, with lots of sweetness in there (chocolate, molasses, and caramel), semi-fresh coffee grind, and a roasted nuttiness. Medium-bodied, and not a whole lotta carbonation in there. It worked well with the flavors slowly creeping through the mouth. Nice finish of roasted barley and sweet molasses. Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Light hops, malts in the nose, it was very faint though, I could hardly smell anything. Pours brown with a faded white head. It is hoppy at first then there is a nice roasted malt flavor. It has a smokey aftertaste and was quite nice overall. SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2005
a very agressive brown ale............................................... gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle. Big fluffy head slow to disapate.
The dark rich looking color scared me into thinking it was a stout in hiding. In the end result it is sure not like a brown ale but way beyond my ability to classify. Complex. Fist strong with lots of carmel, coffee and sweetnes but finishes hoppy but yet mild.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
this beer did nothing for me...tasted a little sour, not bitter, might have been a bad keg, but i doubt i will go back to this if i see it again Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Pours a very dark brown with creamy tan tan head. Aroma is sweet with brown sugar prominent. Notes of maple and caramel. Somewhat malty and hoppy. Moderately bitter, dry finish. Very good, complex beer. GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Clear dark mahogany under a fairly stiff dark khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted nuts, roasted malt (almost porter-like), pine oil and alcohol. Sweet toffee notes on the tongue at first followed by chocolate, malt, vanilla backed up by a welcome kick of hops. I thought the mouthfeel was just a bit thin given the flavor but the carbonation was just right and the finish was short, crisp and pleasantly bitter. Another winner from DH. bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Dark Amber color with a thick tan head. Aroma is nutty, with a nice roasted malt character (chocolate, coffee, and caramel) along with some floral hops. Very balanced flavor. Lots of malts with a strong coffee taste and hints of chocolate, nuts, smoke, and caramel. There is also a lot of hops present - spices and grassy with a bitter alcohol biting finish. A great and complex brown ale. manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
A little darker than Coke to my eye. Fantastic but contradictory nose with a little hop spice mixed in with a roasted malt essence. Nice on the tongue. Reminds me favorably of Smuttynose Porter. Pretty great.