muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Sample at the brewpub. Near pitch-black with a lasting creamy head, just a touch of translucence...sweet hazelnuts, almonds and light molasses fill the nose...very sweet and sugary on the tongue, pillowy-soft mouthfeel, sweetness carries throughout with initial oily nuttiness mollified by creamy vanilla towards the finish. Top-notch brown. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Pours dark brown (almost dark enough for a porter) with a light tan head. Nose is of chocolate, oat and mollasses. Body again seems thicker than most traditional nut browns. Chewy and sweet. Finish is a lingering bittersweet kiss. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Sampled this beer at the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison WI. Even though my scores on this are accurate and well researched, ?Da Man? wants me to say more about the beer, so I will. Not a lot of pizzaze to this beer, average at best. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
Very dark brown. Swirling, creamy light brown foam. Roasty aroma of molasses, caramel, nuts & dark fruit. Soft, smooth feel. Rich very roasty, molasses flavour w/ notes of nuts & fruit. Nice, dry, hoppy, bitter finish. aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2004
This was dark enough brown to pass for a porter in my book. Nice nuttiness, but also has a little chocolate and roast that really makes the whole thing qualify as a good porter instead of a great brown ale, but who cares. It was tasty.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2004
This was great, a take off from a typical brown ale in the sense that it is not too nutty and not too much on the honey side. A deep rich full bodied brown full of character and rich and sweet, with some praline chocolate goodness throughout. Nice. austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2004
This one's a winner and IMHO is one of Flossmoor's best. A session brown that's not all that bitter but is plenty malty with lots of chocolate malt body and flavor. It's a tad on the sweet side, too. Bravo. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Rerate on tap at the brewpub on 4/28/06: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a thin wispy tan head. Sweet, toasty, earthy, grainy dark malty aroma has a touch of English hops. Body starts with a lot of carbonation, dissipating revealing sweet, toasty and lightly bready malt. Finishes with some bittering piney hops toward a semi-dry finish. Nicely balanced and enjoyable.
DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Sampled on 11/29/03: Dark copper brown with a puffy tan head. Sweet chocolate, malt, and oat aroma. Body has a very nice sweetness to it, with flavors of coffee, milk chocolate and granola. The finish is bittersweet and lingering. A very nice and unique brown ale.
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Draft. Well, after sampling what they had on tap, this is the one that went home with me and a friend. Good English-style hop bitterness and complex shades of coffee, nutmeg, maybe even hazelnuts and prunes... it's just a different taste with each sip. The glass I'm having out of the growler right now has a burnt coffee taste to it. Chocolate malts apparent, a roasty malt smell on top of a hop aroma and a warming alcohol presence, this one is a winner. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Northwestern hop aroma. Medium-bodied, very roasty with lots of black malt flavor.