RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   ABV: -
Proof that all dark beers, like trout, arenot created equal! Chocolate and caramel malt flavors are at the heart of this very accessible and drinkable brown ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (6573) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft during Saturday lunch during Campground Brewdown. Poured a orangey/brown body with a small tight light beige head. Aroma of brown bread and light chocolate notes. Medium body with average to strong carbonation. Flavor of brown toast, light chocolate, nut shells and a hint of diacetyl. Meh, the aftertaste is a bit better than the initial flavor.

can8ianben (1601) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Kind of a thin and bland intro-brown beer -- kind of reminds me of a Newcastle beer or something like that.

mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2015
[7514-20150815] Tap. Mild boozy grains aroma. Clear, brown orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Minty leaf booze and herbal toast flavour. Medium body has a boozy kick. Poor. (5/3+/3/2/9) 2.2
(@ Elk Creek Cafe, Millheim, PA)

jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
2015-08-15. Dark brown body with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is mild, very lightly toasty malt and whispers of molasses and nutty touch. Flavour is lightly toasty, sweet malt core has whispers of molasses. Average plus bodied palate, good carbonation. On tap at Elk Creek Cafe, Millheim, PA.

Travlr (26406) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2015
Draft at the source. Deep amber brown color. Aroma of light roast. Taste is roasty and slightly sweet, light body.

ganache (6087) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Tap at EC, 5.8% abv English Brown; light brown, short white lacing head. Sweet nose with tons of oily fruit, that carries over into a light sweet taste, where the gentle roast and brown sugar eventually overtake, tons of good mini-caramelization expressions, medium and refreshing body, essentially a cleaner Newcastle on steroids, without loss of style or dignity. Well done!

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - MAY 18, 2014
From BA review on 1-29-12 - Had on tap at Zeno’s served in a pint glass Appearance – A deeper brown beer. When held up to lights, some of the rays do get through, but does indeed have a nice darker color making it very dark. Not much of a head on the beer upon serving with a very light amount of lacing. Smell – A nice sweet aroma of caramel with a very light toasty aroma first encountered. While the sweet aroma persists the toasty aroma fades away to a very light bitter hop at the end. Taste – Sweet caramel and toffee with chocolate hit the mouth. Some breadiness and maltiness of barley come through with a very, very light hoppiness. The flavor profile has a beautiful balance. Mouthfeel – Creamy and smooth with the perfect somewhat lighter level of carbonation. Overall – This is one very enjoyable beer. It had the perfect balance of sweet and malt flavors and aromas with the slightest bit of hop to round it all out. Superb!!!

klk343 (163) - - MAR 8, 2014
A dark beer with caramel, malt flavors. A little bitter but also a little sweet. A thick palate.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Draft. Crystal clear dark brown body with medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some nut, light milk chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some milk chocolate, light nut. Light-medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
On tap
Scanning the tap list at Zeno’s I decided to start out with this local beer. When in doubt in a new city always go with a sessionable beer from a small unknown to understand the beer scene. Based on this I would say that my time in State College was not wasted.

Aroma / Appearance - The bronze opaque body possessed a bubbly off white head the color of eggshells. Chocolate, peanut butter, almonds, and the smell of rich sun drenched iced tea were a good combination.

Flavor / Palate - Iced tea with a heavy emphasis on malts forms a good first impression. Next comes dry noble hops that brighten up the mood. Hanging in the air like the last days of summer it balances drinkability with flavor in a way that works well.

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