gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Dark brown with a very small dissapering head. Definately similar to the Jewbelation 8 ale. Choclately, molasses on the edge of a toffe/coffee but not enough to call it a porter or stout. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2005
This was actually pretty good. I went in with low expectations and found myself with an above average session beer. I know I will choose other beers to stock my fridge but might find some occasional room for this. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with retentive beige head. The aroma is kind of weak, but seems to be malty with some raw grain. The flavor is raisins and hay with some weak hops. I’m not particularly impressed. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Brewtopia 11-12-05. This was straight foward. Brown body, hop nose. Hop taste. Decent. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Smell a lot of nose tickling cascade hops. Dark brown with a bubbly, but still thumb thick mocha head. Nice even malt base. Some nutty notes, but they don’t dominate. Has a toned down porter fell to it. A pretty nice brew all in all.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Pours very dark brown with a two-finger, quickly dissipating head. Very nutty aroma, with a rich chocolate and caramel sweetness. The flavor begins like the aroma, only weaker, but finishes strong and with a hint of smoke. Pretty boring, but above-average--I don’t know about chosen. iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Traces of burnt & roasted malt aromas on the nose. Deep ruby brown coloring. Light disapperaing head. With the set up of the nose & color, the follow up was weakish, hard to describe, thin of context and had a very neutral taste that didn’t hold up to the promise of the beginning. Enjoyed by none in the group. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy, tan head that settles slowly to a thick film. Dark fruit and coffee aroma with chocolate notes, raisin and a musty bitterness. Thickly malted flavor with pleasant sweetness throughout, leading to light hops and roast with a smoky finish. theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2005
In my book, a Brown Ale connotes something much weaker in appearance, flavor and mouthfeel than this, which is more of a Porter crossed with a Schwarzbier. I thought this was a novelty beer but I’d buy it again.
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UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottle. Pours deep brownish black. This clearly emulates Israeli "black beer," a nonalcoholic malt beverage - and does so well. Very dark malt flavors, with some licorice and bitter cocoa. Not exactly nutty like other brown ales, which may explain some of the low ratings. Bonus points for good representation of its nonalcoholic counterpart. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Pours a dark black from the bottle with a light head that quickly dissipates. Light aroma of dark malts. I don’t like this on initial taste. Dark malts, some licorice? toffee? Really can’t put my finger on it, but it’s not good. Tastes like a monkey. A monkey that’s past it’s prime. Or maybe a piece of fish that’s been sitting out too long. Or maybe bad shellfish. Aftertaste is bad too. Not a good brew.