jmgreenuk (9988) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 17, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 don’t really pick up a ton of hops...at first. There’s 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 ’balanced’ brews, this is exactly what they’d rag on. Actually, come to think of it, since it’s too sweet, that would make it imbalanced...
M: It finishes rather sweet, and unfortunately, the hops don’t really dry it out as much as I’d like. Even worse, it lacks the creaminess I like out of most sweetish brews. For that reason, it’s hard to drink. On the plus side, there’s no remote hint of harshness in the feel.
O: It’s 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 it’s well worth a try for those who like this style, but I won’t be back for this one.
Bottle at Tap Craft Beer Bar, Robertson Quay, Singapore. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is roasted caramel malt, grassy light fruit hop. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter with a dry grassy, red berry fruit, nettle, spicy, molasses, woody hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average to soft carbonation. I'd have preferred a little more carbonation but I guess I'm just a black IPA junkie. Not sure this is a brown Ale tho!! Bill Becker (1779) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 19, 2017
From Mar 2007
Pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep brown with a small head of foam that doesn't last long and doesn't leave any lacing.
The smell is of roasted malt and some citrus hops.
The taste has huge roasted malt up front that smacks you in the face...just as I remember it. ;^) As I take more sips, there's a more than ample infusion of hop bitterness and some dark fruit notes. Man, this is great stuff! So much roastiness and there's some toffee also hitting my taste buds. And just a little bit of warming in the back of my throat that reminds me to sip and take my time with this gem. What a Brown Ale!
Bottom line: This is a top notch example of the style that is a *must* try. FatPhil (17079) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2017
355ml bottle (Ebrowarium.pl) (5:4:4:2:9=2.4)bth122 (1641) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2017
Very savoury aroma, soy, but also very sweet. Dark red, persistent small tight beige head. Dead palate, slickish from sugars, carbonation does nothing to lift it. Nasty soapy taste, some savoury soy mushroom and sugar mess. Only plus is that it covers the 7.2% behind the mess, but deep down this is a terrible ale.
Draft in Pittsburgh before the Ed Sheehan show. Pours a dark brown with generous head. Roasted malt, floral hop, brown sugar, caramel. Medium body. Medium light bitter. Nice texture. It's been awhile since I've he this one but it is still good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone balloonbuffoon (605) - - SEP 25, 2017
12floz bottle, no date, $1.75 paid as a single, pint glass. Appears a medium-dark brown with some amber glow at the bottom. Head forms a small layer and retains it character. Firmly a brown ale in the nose, aromas of brown sugar and mild roasted malts noted. A fine American brown, resin, tree bark, pine, and faint cocoa flavors comprise this fullish bodied and fairly hoppy dark ale.
Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
Pours deep cloudy brown with low tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, sugar, citrus. Taste is roasty, mild lingering bitter finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation. jbethea (69) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2017
I'm sorry, I just dont agree. All the hops they advertise here get lost on this thick syrupy molasses with a bitter rotten walnut finish. No, not for me. It sounded great, tasted awful. Its almost like it wanted to be a stout, but it just wasn't. I made it bout 7-8 sips in before i called it quits n dumped it. I am a broke ass law student and cant afford to throw away top dollar brew... But life's too short to drink beer u just dont like, even if ya really wanted to. Sorry dogfish, I still love you. Bacchus66 (940) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2017
12oz bottle. Medium reddish brown with a tan head. Chocolate, raisins, toffee, bread, light roast coffee, grassy hops. Medium body. Fresh, mildly bitter finish. Dee-licious. tapefuzz (823) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2017
12oz bottle. Pours brown with a moderate beige head. Aroma is roast, spice, toffee, chocolate, and a light pine. Taste is similar but with some caramel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slick-creamy mouthfeel. androman (2803) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2017
UT090917 backlog. On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017, London. Nose is Chocolate. Dark chocolate, mild coffee. Light to medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Long hoppy medium to heavy bitter. Medium body, slick, medium carb. 748516