StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Clybourn. Deep chestnut brown in color with ruby accents and translucent when put to light. Creamy, tanish-gray overlay acting as the head. Hearty nut profile for the aroma, procured by pecans rolled in dark chocolate powder, natural wood paneling, brown sugar and maple nut fudge. Smooth segueway into the mouth, and easy on the carbonation. Sweet pralines and caramel linger with distant, yet distinct, chocolate milk. Sweet, diluted brown sugar and a sanded-down Heath Bar come to call. Mild bitters register on the tongue’s sides in the finish. A noble brown, but I’d opt for Goose Island’s standard Nut Brown if it ever comes to that. Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Tastes a lot like a stout, real smoke like. Dark brown, maybe black. Not that great of a stout. Doesn’t taste like a brown ale at all. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Tap at Clyborn location. Clear brown body. Primarily sweet aroma - dark chocolate, toasty caramel malt. Toasty caramel malt flavor, wheat bread in the flavor. A bold brown ale. User29624 (1683) - - 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. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Draught, 2005 version: well formed tan cream above a deep garnet body that is more opaque than not…nose tingling spicy effervescence, heavy on the all-spice and black pepper which is reminiscent of the fruity yeast character of the Christmas ale from this year. Charred cedar and smoky qualities on the front of the tongue. Stays very moist and smooth on the palate and finishes very clean. Lingering berry flavoured malts and a hint of peat…I have been waiting a long time for this elusive brew and am very happy with the result of my wait – a beautiful treat on a cold, snowy winter evening in Chicago.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Deep, dark brown with streaks of red beneath a tightly packed tan layer of foam. The aroma is soft and subtle with hints of nuts, chocolate, whole-grain bread, mild earthy hop character and a hint of toffee. A moderate, smooth body greets the tongue with light carbonation and a hint of astringency. Straight up brown ale here. Smooth, slightly creamy, nice (non-roasted) malty flavors with a light touch of hops to balance at the end. It’s not exciting or stand-out-ish, but it’s tasty, easy drinking, balanced and flavorful. Well made. 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. 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. 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. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2001
Excellent as brown ales go, though I’m not sure how true it is to the style: there’s a good deal of hopping here (which was pleasant) and some nice roasted malt flavors, without being as sweet as other brown ales.