walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle (great label!). Very dark brown but clear enough that reds show through light. Little head with almost no retention. Very surprising fresh hops aroma above some general roasted and smoky notes. When chilled, the hops bitterness dominates the sweetness of the malt and the roasted aromatics and flavors. At room temp. the mouthfeel is impressively velvety, the hops are toned-down, and the dark malt and toasted grain sweets are boosted. Finishes, at room temp., very sweet, much like a thinner brown. A fine brew, but I wish the body were boosted a bit to improve its roundness. burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Dark brownish red body with medium off-white head. Decent malty flavor. Not awful, but there are better out there. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Dark brown body that shows ruby when held to light. The head is light tan. The aroma is rich caramel and a little chocolate. There is also a definite vinous character. The taste is light malty coffee. There is also some light grass and a little bit of toast. A brown with more character than usual. Almost like a light porter. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Clear reddish-brown pour with a little off-white head. Sweet nutty aroma showcased some nice roasted malts. Pretty tasty roasted malt presence as well with some dark fruits. Citrus hops were well-balanced in there for the style. Light-to-medium bodied with a nutty-citrus finish. One of the better browns that I’ve had, and some excellent marketing. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
I’d like to be able to rate this higher but this happens to be a style that I personally don’t like. The malts are well-roasted but are thrown together with the hops leading to a product which, although fresh and assertive, is nasty and negatively bitter in a subjective sense. I’ve had bad luck with a certain type of brown ale in the past and this is the epitome of that type -- it’s an unofficial drainpour in fact (I tossed it), though generically it’s a well-crafted product which brings it over the 1.0 in my book.
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
I got this one at Chips in the Outer Banks of NC. I wasn’t particularly impressed but wasn’t repelled either. It poured coppery brown and seemed to have either an oat or rye flavor laden in it. tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Dark brown with a tan head. Sweet aroma, a nice roasted malt flavor with a touch of fruit. This is a very fine nut brown ale, will without a doubt purchase again. Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Nice dark chocolate brown liquid with eggshell head. Looks like a winner. Very good beer!!! Can taste the malty, roasty flavor. This is much better than Genesis. Based upon its competition. This is one worth looking for. Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Very nice marketing!
Pours a nice dark brown with a bit of a head but no lacing.
Aroma is sweet; typical for a brown, with some darker fruits and a bit of a nut (walnuts?) scent to it.
Flavor is malty with the fruits and nuts as mentioned above. I torn between rating to style and taste here. It’s neither as sweet nor as, well, bland as I find most Browns. This has a nice balance to it.
Palate is thicker than the style, but I like it. It has more of a mineral feel to it than I’ve seen in any other of the style. Very nice. Overall, this is either mis-catagorized or is one of the best Browns I’ve had. It leans toward a Porter but has more character IMO. Worth seeking out.
Edit: I see that it’s brewed by Mendicino, which explains the quality. I think most people her at RB are biased agains Brown Ales, as am I; compared to my favorite beers this is an average beer, but compared to the other Browns I’ve had, this is exceptional! I’m not sure my rating (or most here) reflects that.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Dark Brown Coloring with Sandy Skin. Light Hop/Sweet Malt Aroma. Herbal Notes...A Bit Cloying..Heavy Malt, Rich Notes as Well.