islay (2375) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 or 5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Consumed on 6-30-16. Dark brown with nice, long-lasting, taupe head. Dark amber hue. Good lacing. Licorice candy scent. Coffee with sugar. Combo of sugary sweetness and roasted bitterness in the smell. Doesn’t achieve a balance. Rather, a bit too much of each. A bit of sassafras / root beer in both aroma and flavor. Roasted bitterness in the taste. Licorice and coffee. Tastes more like a porter than a brown ale. Tarry, especially in finish. Not at all noticeably nutty. Medium body. Frothy in the palate. Ordinary palate effects. Not what I was looking for but certainly not awful.
tmongoose (2305) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft that poured a medium dark brown with off white head. as expected the nose is roasted malts, some nice hop presence and smoke. I do love their smoked beers which is about all of them. nice balance in the flavor of roasted malts and hops. quite tasty and the smoke is a nice addition. yummy in my tummy.
csaso (2179) - Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - good size beige foamy head, very dark Amber/brown color, big malty aroma and flavor, slight nutty notes, good size shot of piney hops, full bodied finish, very good overall
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Minnbrewer (36) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn good! Almost a stout! It isn't a blend of a mild and a dark, it's not based on brown malt...but it's really really good! I love the roasted barley aroma, yet it's smooth like a brown and definitely not patent like a porter. Recommend!
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crossovert (11819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. A pretty ho hum brown ale. Has a nice spicy hop presence to keep it somewhat interesting but the malt base is weaker.
rondphoto (4230) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black color, solid smooth 1" beige head, sheets and strands of lace. Big aroma of toasted malt. Taste is full-bodied malt with a toasted edge that grows substantially as it moves through the palate to a solid hop finish that still allows the malt to hang around. Way bigger than 6% suggests, and way bigger than any Brown Ale I’ve ever had. Recommended.
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, nuts, some earthy notes into a bit of caramel, toffee. Taste was a mix of caramel, toffee, nutty notes into some cocoa powder, slight yeast, touch of grain.
alexsdad06 (9686) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ei8ht Ball in April of 2014 from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, coffee notes, with a nice earthy hop character. This actually seems more like a porter sharing many characteristics with Madtree Gnarly Brown. Solid offering from a lesser known brewery.
JK (5946) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Acadia. Smooth and thick palate. Bourbon aroma and some in the flavor with lingering bourbon finish. Heavy roast, almost like a porter. Good.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, dark brown pour with a light khaki head. Aroma is big roasted malts with notes of coffee. Flavor is coffee and cocoa with a nice hop presence. Nicely balanced too. Solid brew.