BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
On tap at the Draught House. Dark amber pour with just a bit of off-white head. Aroma was toasted, malty and slightly toffee-esque and dusty. Flavor was roasty, lightly toffee sweet, lightly hopped (but lingering) and had a bit of a odd aftertaste. Thin to medium mouthfeel. mmmbeer (1425) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Draught at the Draught House- poured a solid dark brown, somewhat transparent, aroma of malt, hops, and notes of brown sugar and toffee. Hits the mouth with a firm medium body, malt was slightly toasted and laced with caramel, middle holds up fine with a small hop wave, finish is lasting and pleasant. Nicely done. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Rating reflects the draugt version:
Pours dark, dark brown, almost black, with a 1/2 inch head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is of chocolate and is a little musty. Lacing is light. Flavor is of roasted malt with cocoa and coffee. Palate is milky and a little alkaline. Finish is full flavored. This beer is good and kinda drinks like a porter.
The oaked version is similar but is much more bitter is both aroma, but especially in taste. The flavor bites hard and is almost noticably acidic, as is the beer on the palate. The flavor is much more agressive, but I can’t specifically taste the oak. oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Smoked hops and caramel aroma. Some citrus notes. Dark brown, fluffy head. Tangerine flavor, brown sugar, hops, and some smoke in the finish. Palate was a little sweet but full. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Draught. Cloudy brown beer without much head. Big citrus hop aroma, a bit too much for the style. Flavor is also dominated by hops with a cloying sweetness.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Dark rich brown pour with just a little light tan head. Smell is nice and roasty with a hint of coffee, along with the traditional draught house smell/feel to it. Some kind of soft, chewy, fruity element I pick up in basically all their beers. Taste is nicely bitter, and much more than most browns, or any that I’ve had for that matter. Roasty, a bit of a metallic bitterness and a medium to long finish on the beer. Good body, but not as smooth as something like a Samuel Smiths brown. Good all around, and unique for a brown, but not too unique from the taste profile of the Draught house’s other beers. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2007
DH American Brown: Pour is dark ruby brown with a thin skin but dense brown head...smell is lightly sweet and nutty with a strong hop aroma of soapy notes...taste is slightly sweet and nutty at first, with a nice unexpected (if it weren’t for the aroma) lightly soapy bitterness in the finish...nice chewy mouthfeel, but quick crisp finish. grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Poured from the cistern of all that is hoppy and full of love. Coffee and beef bullion fight for which makes a better comparison upon first sight. Head dies off very quickly and all that remains is a sea of velvety, brown love. When I lift it to my nose I smell the weeks of dry-hopping this must have undergone to survive the war with my tongue. Massive hop presence for such a dark brown ale. Not to style for certain DewBrewer...not to style at all. Instead, it leaps from the mysterious realm of the forms and defies all that came before it, claiming it’s place as a new standard for something else. As the pine resins settle in my olfactory senses and the sweet caramel lords off mount their horses I point this beer to my mouth and tell it what to do. OHH LOVELY!!! YES LOVELY!!! So deep and rich full of a sweet malt that is nuttty and yet plays like a chocolate background for an almost minty hop presence. Perfectly carbonated as though it were more molasses than beer, more taffy than ale. This beer excites. This beer I drink over and over until my wallet deflates into a disheveled and whimpering mass next to my buttocks. This beer is excellent.
G-rat DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
On draught. Maybe this is not your typical, "to style" Brown Ale, but it is darn good. It is darker & roastier than most Brown Ales but the flavor is nicely balanced with the hops. So, if you want a nice, dark ale to go with that conversation or pizza or bratwurst, check it out. Good beer.