TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Flight on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky brownish hue, a bit muddy with lighter edge. Small tan head dies to a tiny ring clinger, no real lacing. Aromas are touches of sweet malts, dates and brown malt, touches of biscuits, and toast, faint toffee. A touch of dark fruit, toastiness, and maybe a touch of sweet syrupy maple. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, some sweet bready and biscuity malts, touches of chestnuts, earthy soil, touches of faint tobacco. Not smoky, but dry and toasty finish with a touch of chalkiness, some cocoa like feel, and some mellow darker sweetness into the fold. An interesting beer. Strange earthy brown ale, dry into the finish, with some mellow sweetness but a lot of dry toast, some tobacco, and soil, grass. Really interesting, sweetness kept at bay as earthy malts, dry hops, and toasty brown and bready malts do the work. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Tap at Clybourn. Pours a darker cola color with a fine fizzy off-white head. Flavor is roasty, ashy, fruity, typical port type flavors, a bit buttery, vaguely English, touch of coffee, lingering ash, smooth and mellow. Thin water body with soft crisp carbonation. User29624 (1687) - - NOV 21, 2009
FoBAB. Pours brown with a very thin head. Aroma of caramel, hops, and a touch of tobacco. Decent brown ale, but a touch thin. Worth a shot. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Dark brown body tan head. Little lacing. Cola vanilla toffee aroma with earthy notes...damp leaves. Sweet cola vanilla flavor with a nice bitter caramel backdrop. Feels light on the palate. Lightly carbonated but what is there is sharp. Finish unpleasant lasting bitter metallic flavor...maybe some masa in there as well...burnt tortilla? A light mess of a brown on the sweet side. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
FoBAB tasting. my lil brothers favorite of the event. This was a bit on the watery side for me but was such an easy drinking beer. Poured a bit on the light transparant side, similar to a rootbeer. The aroma is of carmel and roasted malts. Taste is similar, and the finish was light.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Tap at Clybourn and served in a MBA pint glass: Deep mahogany with a small frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, walnut, prune, currant esters, herbal hops and a hint of pipe tobacco. The taste starts with a nice twangy fruit and chocolate character with minor bitterness about. A hint of herbal spice and smoke towards the finish. The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a dry finish. A very solid brown ale with a bit more complexity than most in the genre. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2007
On tap at GI – Clybourn. Poured clear, deeper cola brown with a short-lived, short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter drawn caramel and chocolate along with darker fruity and floral accents.. nice and malty overall, and quite enticing. The flavor was sweeter and rather muddled.. caramel, sweet chocolate, and a touch of toffee fight each other for attention.. light roast to it, and a sweet caramel/chocolate blend on the short finish.. nice components, but it didn’t really come together. Slick on the front of the palate with sweet malts on the middle that don’t successfully fill it out.. mild bitterness. OK beer. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2007
On tap at Cly. Dark brown with ruby tint, small tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor with plum and other fruit and a little dough. Medium body and well carbonated. Very nice. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Clear dark copper. Thin off-white head. Mix of light and fine malty flavors; caramel, brown sugar, buckwheat honey, slight roasting. Nice light hopping to give it a great in interesting balance. Nice and rounded and interestingly good brown. It isn’t a cloying malt overload and it isn’t a homebrew kit. To me, it gives a somewhat "dismissed" style a great name. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 clyborrn. brown ale? hardly. closer to a stout, pretty thick and smoky. honeyed but not particularly nutty. would have again. rerate: had again and it was pretty good. lots of roast/chocolate.