CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Pours a very pretty deep reddish brown color with a nice big tight khaki head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. fidelis83 (2441) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2011
The beer displays a very nice nutty aroma with some nice chocolate and coffee tones. This smells pretty inviting.
The flavor is very chocolaty with a nice hoppy presence that exists more for bitterness but does hold a nice piney hop flavor mid palate. There are some mild nutty and vanilla notes to the beer as well, but hops and chocolate are the big stars of the show. Despite smelling very sweet and despite all the chocolate flavor in this one the beer really presents it’s self as surprisingly dry particularly in the finish. The beer is pretty bitter all around and it has a kind of roughness around the edges. As I drink this a part of me would like to see it tweaked... smoothed out a bit & part of me likes the brashness of the flavors here... "light on the tastebuds" my ass. Don’t sell yourself short on this one Empyrean.
The carbonation comes across a little too powerful for the flavors in this beer, seems almost sodapop like, it’s not awful & doesn’t really detract much from the beer... but it’s mildly annoying.
I’m not about to give up on Empyrean, I’ve had a few beers from them that I genuinely don’t care for... but stuff like Luna Sea and this give me hope for a relative newcomer on the Des Moines market.
Pours a clear brown with a thin, beige head. Aroma is big on roasted nuts, sweet granola, chocolate, a touch of roast, earth and burnt sugar. Flavor is roasted nuts, chocolate, roast, a hint of smoky char, caramel covered granola, earthy hops, hay, flan and earthy, herbal hops. Palate is light to medium bodied, creamy, but a little stick on entry and off dry on the finish, with a moderate, possibly a little over-sharp carbonation. Very nice brown ale. drjay44 (3713) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 12 oz. bottle. Pours a short lived, ivory head, over a hazy, very light brown (SRM 17) body....nose is very light coffee, cocoa.....taste is light cocoa, bit of coffee, finishing with a light toffee/caramel bitterness....mouth feel light, carbonation makes a fizzy sensation. This beer meets its style, but is pretty much undistinguished, and uninteresting. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6. Upon a further tasting at brew club 11/19/11 this comes in with a much higher rating, because the cocoa became chocolate and hazelnut tones became obvious. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7. beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Pours a dark chocolate brown. Smells strongly of chocolate with a hint of caramel. Really thick taste of chocolate. This is a hearty beer that would go good with a delicious steak. csaso (2284) - Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Tap - small foamy head, dark amber color, maly flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee
Ratman197 (14848) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, light earthiness, light coffee and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, light coffee and a hint of vanilla with a smooth lingering cocoa finish. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Brown pour, tannish head. Very malty aroma with a good scent of coffee. Flavor is really weird. Coffee mixed with plastic and nail polish. Smells better than it tastes. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at Lazlo’s in Omaha. Pours a clear chestnut brown color. Sweet caramel and light toasted bread aroma. Some hazelnut and mild coffee grounds in the finish. Thin in body and rather one dimensional. Easy to drink, but I was looking for more. wxman (1820) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Pours a cloudy dark brown. Slight roasted malt aroma. Taste is sweet roasted malt, caramel and molasses. A decent brown. wlajwl (6814) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pretty good caramel aroma and flavor, wasn’t expecting it to be this good, a very good brown ale.