Bill Becker (2056) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 21, 2017
From Sept 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
Another Full Sail brew and I think I have yet to try one that didn't satisfy...
It pours a dark brown with about a 2 finger head of foam that shrinks slowly to a fine layer. And yes, there's some good lacing.
The smell has notes of roasted and caramel malt and milk chocolate.
The taste has plenty of flavour. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, some toffee, and...it *does* have a nuttiness to it and, quite frankly, I was looking for it to be here and Full Sail did not fail to deliver. It's just as nutty as Samuel Smith's Nutbrown, imho, and that's a compliment all the way but, I digress. ;^)
It's on the medium side if medium bodied, the carbonation is just south of medium, and it finishes with a nice roasted malt bitterness that tells me I need to take another sip. Great drinkability here and as close to a session brew as a 6%abv brew can get. Damn. Full Sail *is* on top of their game. I just wish that they'd return to Casper so I wouldn't have to trade or go to CO to get some. ;^)
Bottom line: Another excellent brew from the gang at Full Sail that lived up to *my* expectations of an American Brown Ale and more specifically, a Nutbrown Ale. I am impressed!
onceblind (11153) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Deep hazelnutty brown with a thin amber highlight around the edge of the glass, with a thin light beige head. Nutty and aromatic nose of brown malty toast and light hazelnut splendour. Crisp yet semisweet and bready flavor that’s lightly chocolaty, a touch nutty, smooth and gently brown malt earthy. Really delightful and the kind of brown I wish more brown ales were like. slowrunner77 (13418) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle. Medium brown pour, with an aroma of mostly roasted malt. There’s a hint of nuts and caramel in the nose and flavor as well, but mostly roast. A little thin on the palate, but pleasant overall. cmacklin (1419) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2016
355ml bottle. Pours a clear red-brown with a small, creamy, tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, caramel and nuts. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and nuts with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Medium body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ok. UnicornBrewing (47) - - JUL 29, 2016
Deep red hue, big rocky head, thick smell, look shows heaviness like a lopsided Z-28. Strong up front, like a heavy duty tube top sturdily holding in robust, grain fed bosoms, tanned and shakin to the sounds coming out of the open t tops and heavy vibrations from under the wood grained hood, garnished in ornamental twinges delicate gargoyle fruitiness, Full Sail for sure! Thar beer blows down Yar face like a sudden gale gust, leaving little ripples on a glass surface. Finishes wet as a lake under a morning fog. A wooden ship behind...
djd07 (16465) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark amber with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, cocoa, cracker malt. Medium mouth, pine, roast, cocoa, nice bitter finish, very good. Cybercat (6444) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours clear sepia with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Aroma delivers notes of roast malt, chocolate and toffee. Flavor presents all that the aroma promises but with more chocolate, chocolaty sweetness, and a hint of lightly charred wood. Mouthfeel features firm body and OK fizz. Sail to the nearest package store or watering hole for one. stevoj (5971) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Pours out dark, but clear brown with soft, silky beige head. Roast malts are featured in the aroma, taste is more malt with a touch of molasses sweetness. All rounded out with a some nutty undertones. Smooth, mildly bitter, easy drinker. jsnicholas (726) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle (12oz $1.50): Ruby brown with one finger tan head. Very roastey aroma. Taste is of roasted matls. Seems a little water at first but is not bad. Medium body. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - JAN 6, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is light overall, consisting mainly of some sweeter caramel and a little bit of roast. Along with these smells comes a little bit of nut and a hint of coffee.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter roasted malt flavor mixed with a little bit of a nutty taste. As the taste advances the roastiness decreases to some extent, all the while being replaced by more caramel sweetness and taking on a more rich nutty taste. With a little bit of a brown bread taste and a hint of grain that come at the end, one is left with a rather sweet and smooth nut brown flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average and has a carbonation level that is actually a little high for a nut brown ale. I would have liked a bit less carbonation and a bit more body for the style, but even with that said the feel was not bad, and the thinner and more carbonated style did do a decent job for the sweeter caramel tastes of the beer overall.
Overall – An easy drinking and fairly sweeter nut brown. Not a bad brew overall.