Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin foamy semi-tan head that slid off at a moderate pace. I thought I saw some hop sediment. Light stringy lace.
The aroma had a deep sweet and roasty nuttiness flowing over some smooth sweet caramel and toffee malts. Light milk chocolate and ended with a little bit of chunky earthy bitter hops.
The flavor seemed to really want to blend the hops to the malts but had that separated sort of level mentality about it. Sweet at times, roasty at times, bitter at different times, nothing that really wanted to blend fully. The aftertaste was pretty much in the same way. Finish had that chunky earthy bitter hops playing against
the malt blend.
The feel was about medium bodied with more of a sipping sort of quality about it. Since the hop chunks seemed to have some sediment and a little bit of floaties here and there, this wasn’t exactly one of the smoothest brown ales I’ve ever had.
Hop harshness wasn’t really contained in this one. Carbonation did seem fine. ABV was fine too.
Overall, as a fan of this style, well, did I have an old bottle? Slightly saddened since Flying Dog was one of my first loved breweries. Drake (14060) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with not much head. Aroma of raisins and heavy molasses notes. The taste is molasses, raisin, earth, bitter hops. Medium bodied. Too much molasses. Iphonephan (7194) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2012
On draft at lost dog cafe in mclean va. Pours a deep amber with an off white head. Mild toffee aroma. Slight dark cherry note. Mild bitter finish. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Sampled on draft at the second Halloween bash at the brewery. Nutty toasty aroma. Flavor of hazelnut, toffee, caramel, biscuit. Maybe a hint of coffee grounds? And surprisingly earthy bitterness on the tail. Pretty good and drinkable but not amazing. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Cask pour at snallygaster....dark brown, roasty, lots of rich nutty flavor and coffee. Clean finish, doesn’t linger too long. Good flavor and easy drinking.
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Sample at Snallygaster DC event on October 13th, 2012. First beer I had at Snallygaster, on Cask. Nice amount of caramel, hazelnut, didn’t really notice the subtle smoke but maybe was just so excited to get my first beer I didn’t notice. Really enjoyed this one though, hopefully will be able to get more. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2012
On tap half pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Wine in Rockville, MD.
Opaque, dark cola brown with tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, roasted malt and hazelnuts.
Taste of licorice, caramel, smokey peat and light hop bitterness.
Light body and medium/high carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Dark brown pour with a nice head that stuck around. Smell of slight caramel and nuts with a whiff of hops. Taste was smooth and sweet but the finish was quickly dry by the dark malts at the end. Different and enjoyable at first but the finish wasn’t great toward the end. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Draft. Large beige head, clear dark copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some hazelnut, faint wood smoke. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some smoke/ash, light nut. Smoke is fairly subtle, more pronounced in the aftertaste. Light-medium body, light acidity. sonnycheeba (6264) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Cask. Pours tawny brown with average, frothy beige head; good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is heavy black licorice, caramel and toasted malts, floral hops, figs, spice, and pine. Flavor is dominated by the same black licorice notes, leather, toasted malt, and light hops; dry finish. Light body and low carbonation. Overall the whole thing seemed really off, making me think this might have been a bad cask.