frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Chestnut in color with red highlights and a tan film & ring above. Aroma is rich and oaken with honey, sweet malts and a nutty backdrop. Stout-quality roastiness emerges late with black coffee. Bittersweet throughout with the needle moving towards "sweet" in the finish... itís a slow slide from roasted grains through chocolate, grape and raisin. Full-bodied and smooth with just enough alcohol to dry the palate so youíll ask for more. A superior malt experience.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
<font size=-4>On tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Island Beer Company (Clybourn), Chicago, IL 60614<font size=-1>
Clybourn tap. Pours to a really deep mahogany red/brown body with a white head. The flavor is really smooth. Light nuttyness. Good light tobacco. The palate is creamy and light bodied. Slick. The aroma is light. Light nutty malts. Very delicious for a brown ale! Iím digging this a lot. 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 notÖnose 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 peatÖI have been waiting a long time for this elusive brew and am very happy with the result of my wait Ė a beautiful treat on a cold, snowy winter evening in Chicago. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2001
Excellent as brown ales go, though Iím not sure how true it is to the style: thereís a good deal of hopping here (which was pleasant) and some nice roasted malt flavors, without being as sweet as other brown ales. 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 isnít a cloying malt overload and it isnít a homebrew kit. To me, it gives a somewhat "dismissed" style a great name.
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. Itís not exciting or stand-out-ish, but itís tasty, easy drinking, balanced and flavorful. Well made. BBB63 (6557) - 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. hombrepalo (1971) - 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. Zeswaft (1768) - 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. Doesnít taste like a brown ale at all. 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.