ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013shawnmurphy (339) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2017
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark chestnut color. The head is a two finger mocha shade. It has a wonderfully soft texture, and as it fades away, leaves behind plenty of lacing on the glass.
S: I donít really pick up a ton of hops...at first. Thereís a pleasant wave of brown sugar, nuts, and chocolate at first. Hops build up as it unravels in the glass, revealing both piny and herbal qualities. Maybe even a touch of mint. I must say, the hops are VERY well integrated within the maltier aspects of the aroma.
T: Aye...this is a bit of a letdown next to the nose. Subdued hops open this up - providing notes of grapefruit, mint, and pine - and roll all the way to the back end, being propped up by caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and faint chocolate. This malt backbone builds up on the finish, slowly but gradually. My problem here is that it seems like a cross between a boring IPA and a boring brown ale - it hybridizes the two styles well enough, but comes off blandly. When people rag on íbalancedí brews, this is exactly what theyíd rag on. Actually, come to think of it, since itís too sweet, that would make it imbalanced...
M: It finishes rather sweet, and unfortunately, the hops donít really dry it out as much as Iíd like. Even worse, it lacks the creaminess I like out of most sweetish brews. For that reason, itís hard to drink. On the plus side, thereís no remote hint of harshness in the feel.
O: Itís not a bad beer. Nor is it interesting, complex, or subtly executed. Basically this is just another average brown ale, only with a hint of hops. I say itís well worth a try for those who like this style, but I wonít be back for this one.
12-ounce bottle pours clear amber-brown with thin tan head and lacing. Aroma: nuts, smoke, caramelized brown sugar. Flavor: molasses, brown sugar, almonds, pine nuts, sour prunes juice, raisins, chocolate, coffee, ash. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, dry finish, yet somewhat oily. Padedze (49) - - MAY 20, 2017
Part of a 4 beer flight at TJ Stone , Washington DC in May 2017. Good example of a brown. Heavy on the roast.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ronritter (665) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2017
12oz bottle dark auburn color thin off white head aroma is brown sugar and roasted malt taste is the same with a smooth short finish
Jpmercer (52) - shakopee, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Indian Brown Ale A cross between a Scotch Ale, an I.P.A, and an American Pale, this beer is well hopped and malty at the same time. It is brewed with Aromatic Barley and caramelized brown sugar. - 50 IBU available year round, bottles & draft - Descriptors: Notes of molasses, coffee, ginger, raisinettes, chocolate
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BeerRenter76 (1007) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/31/08. The brewers description of this as part scotch ale, IPA, and brown ale is pretty accurate. Aroma of toasted caramel malts, alcohol, and some floral hints. Flavor is the same as aroma with some nuttiness and a coffee finish. A little on the sweet side but its hearty and filling, I liked it.
mice (940) - FINLAND - APR 30, 2017
0,33l bottle from Beergium. Dark brown beer with long lasting light beige head. Aroma has sweet dark malts, some caramel and roastiness. Maybe some hints of coffee also. Taste has sweet malts, hops, some roastiness and coffee. Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite ok. commonmac (1228) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2017
12oz bottle picked up at The Ale Jail in St. Paul. Consumed in a spiegelau IPA glass. Amber/brown in color with a light tan head. Aroma has traits of hops with toffee, caramel, and an almost cookie like characteristic. Taste has qualities of molasses with toffee and brown sugar. Notes of coffee almost come through which was a little bit unexpected. There is a bitterness present especially at the finish with a residual bit of sugar. Really a strange blend of a lighter coffee stout and a traditional Dogfish Head IPA. Mouthfeel is slightly thin but has some minor oily characteristics. Something a little too unbalanced in this effort for my taste. Pretty decent for a brown ale. Idiosynkrasie (7436) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 26, 2017
355ml bottle. Clear, dark brown colour with ruby glimmer and small to average, creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Spicy aroma of roasted barley, hints of burnt coffee, burnt caramel, a touch of liquorice, molasses, coffee surrogate on celery basis. Taste is bitter, almost a bit tart, roasty-spicy malty, notes of roasted barley, hints of burnt coffee, burnt caramel, liquorice, a touch of molasses, coffee surrogate, raisin, blueberry, some hop bitterness. Unbalanced, harsh, more burnt than just roasty flavouring material. Ron (3922) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 14, 2017
Bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a beige head and lacing. The aroma is toffee, brown sugar, and hops. The taste is burnt sugar, molasses, raisins, and nice hop bitterness. The sweetness is subtle and balanced really nicely with the hop and coffee bitterness. drjoeng (1230) - SINGAPORE - APR 14, 2017
Poured out dark brown. 32ļSRM.
Nose is dank and moist and nutty and suggesting boiled peanuts. Freshly roasted chestnuts. Maybe hint of wet tobacco leaf.
Mouthfeel is nutty and drip coffee. Palate is Folgerís drip coffee with smoky, slightly sour, bitter, but light without the intensity of serious carmelization. Hops are almost resinous. There is slightly sour middle-hind palate that suggests lemon peel or grapefruit peel with a slightly oily character suggesting citrus oil, which is both tangy but also with a lingering aromatic component to it.
Finish is medium long with charcoal, resin, sap.
Overall, would not characterize this as a hoppy brown. The only brown ale component comes through most obviously in the nose and the hind palate with some nutty, dark barley toast like flavors, but over all the OBVIOUS flavor notes are charcoal, burnt twigs, burnt coffee beans of a stout and the aromatics of an IPA.