Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
A: Poured with a very small, light brown head. Body is brown, but actually looks more like a deep ruby color when held to the light. Completely clear.
S: Nice aroma of mostly sweet malt; the caramel seems to be quite heavy. Maybe a little bit of chocolate coming through as well.
T: Flavor is lightly sweet (again with the caramel), but it finishes slightly bitter. First few sips seemed almost harsh to me, but as it warmed up a bit it really smoothed out, and started to grow on me. Long duration for the flavor; this is a beer that stays with you.
M: Light-bodied with a slightly oily texture, and average carbonation.
D: By the end of the beer I decided I had enjoyed it... little skeptical at first, but as I said, it grows on you. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Ruby red pour with a thin head and mild carbonation. Aroma is malty with a mild caramel hint along with a very nice nut flavor. Chestnuts and perhaps almonds. Flavor begins with a roasted malt and lightly bitter flavor. Smooth and mild nut notes come through in the middle as the bitterness increases into the finish which is crisp and mildly fruity with a very light hint of roasted malts. Aftertaste is very mild. Smooth and easy drinking. JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
Deep brown pour with a thick but fast-fading tan head. The nose is quite cocoaish with a distinct herbal spiciness. A nice light sweetness and a good balance of toasted malt and soft hoppiness. This is a simple but tasty brown ale. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Clear, reddish brown appearance with a medium size tan head and good lacing. Sweet, caramel malt aroma along with a dose of nuts and soft fruit. Earthy, nutty, toasted malt taste, supported by herbal, floral hops. Smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel, leading to a bitter, short lived finish. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle - Pours a dark amber in color with ruby/copper if held up to the light. Very small off-white head that (surprisingly) does produce minor lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly sweet with plenty of lightly roasted malts. Not that much on the hop side. Flavor is also quite malty, somewhat sweet, but the hops fill in some of the background to keep it more balanced. Roasted malts is still the dominant flavor. Slight sourness at the end
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2009
This is a dark brown ale. Some chocolate notes and a dry flavor. The color is similar to a light porter (i.e. darker than the typical brown ale) Decent head that leaves ample lace.
Crystal malt is the main aroma, but there is a very present hop bouquet providing an excellent balance. The flavor is very rich. Not a bitter beer from hops. The body is also rich, but the carbonation is above average preventing a malted thickness. The aftertaste has elements of black patent bitterness.
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown body with an off white head. Light nutty maltiness with hints of cherry wheat and sour fruit. Light dusty earthy hop character. jgb9348 (6581) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
2006 Bottle:michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Deep amber in colour with a strong copper, ruby and orange tint. All topped by a one centimetre tan head. Really nice looking! Aroma of cardboard, corn syrup, stale malt, old hops and some gross candy. Light-bodied; Strong bitter metallic flavour with really potent malt and nut tastes that lasts quite a while and tastes horrible in the mouth. Aftertaste shows a really strong and offensive beer that isn’t worth drinking at all. Overall, definitely worth passing this one up. I didn’t like it one bit after the appearance. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 22-September-2006.
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, chocolate, nuts, brown sugar, and some hops. Poured copper with a hint of amber in color and a small, rocky, tan head that disappeared. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, chocolate, nuts, brown sugar, and a little hops. Medium body. Chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malt-sweet, brown sugar, semi-dry finish. halfonit (1412) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Has a great looking color to it. A nice dark autumn color with no fog or haze in it. Has a burnt nutty smell to it with hints of malts. Tastes great! This stuff is smooth! Has that nutty brown ale flavor to it that is as smooth as they come. It has some sweet little after taste to it. Great stuff!!