Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bomber. Beautiful garnet color with big light ran head. Musky, woody smell. Caramel, malt and toffee. Astringent. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
750 ml bottle served in a Founders snifter. Thank to kevanb for the share. dalekliz (926) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A: Pours a clear brown color with light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly leaving behind some spots of lace.
S: Light chocolate with a little nuttiness to it. Mild roast with a light, earthy hop backing.
T: Minimal chocolate with some earthy green hops. Roasted malts with a little nuttiness. Slightly watery with a sweet malt palate.
M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation and a smooth, sweet finish.
O: Decent across the board, but lacking complexity. Slightly watery.
Serving type: bottle
2012 bottle. Pours a dark amber-brown with an off-white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of malt, hops, caramel, grass, wood, yeast. Taste is crisp, starts with sweet malt and caramel, then picks up a hoppy, yeasty bite, with a hint of dark fruits. Lingering crisp malt and yeast that ends watery. Not bad, but not terribly interesting. Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Aroma of nuts, malts and coffee. Pours red brown with lacing. Taste is typical brown malt with a hint a caramel. Meh. nimbleprop (8830) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2013
22oz bottle pours a clear brown with some hazy, white head. Nose is a straight forward brown ale, brown sugar, caramel, crackers, bread. Flavor is sweet, sugar, brown sugar, nutty, a little apple. Medium bodied, sweet finish.
That1Guy (2238) - Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Thanks to Honekybra for this 750 mL bottle. Crushed with TheRon and a Roach. Pours clear dark ruby/brown with a tan lacing. About as malty as a beer gets. Aromas of sweet caramel and toffee, backed up with subtle roasted characters. Flavor is also sweet upfront with roast balancing it out. More thin-bodied than expected but drinkable as hell. A superior brown. Haven’t said that in a long time. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
750mL thanks to the DC crew. Pours a clear, deep red. Tan foam with good, rocky retention and webby lacing. Nose is sticky, Twizzlers, hazelnut, pepper, coffee. Taste is bitter coffee, peppercorn, chili pepper heat. Palate is thinner, tangy, sharp bitter chocolate and coffee. Very interesting and enjoyable. I guess a coffee brown ale. Nice. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
750mL Bottle. Thanks Sean! Clean, malty aroma, with toast, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavors dole out similar lightly brown maltiness. This is clean, somewhere between an Amber and a Brown and I think a reasonable interpretation of what a relatively low-hop rustic malt beer would have been. It’s easy drinking, richly flavored, and easy to enjoy. crossovert (14038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Grainy, bready, toasted specialty malts. Nice yeast strain. The beer is a bit thin and sterile overall though. Holtguy (181) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Pours a coppery brown with a foamy head. Weak aroma. Flavor is malty with some dark fruits. Not as sweet as I’d expected. And, not hoppy. Pretty dry overall. Good beer. The 6.7% abv ticks it up a notch. Not a home run, though.