Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a rustic dark brown color with a sly transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising to fill a fingerís worth of foamy white head. After dissipation, some speckled lace.
The aroma had some sweet oats/grains, light sweet and roasted nuts, soft caramel malts and a touch of leather. Some earthy hops pepper their way in at the end.
The flavor somewhat blends the malts to the hops. Does a little bit of a disservice as the peppery earthiness seems to distract just a little bit. Aftertaste had some of the sweet oats and caramel malts. Finish is a bit of the pepper and roasted nuts.
The feel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under. Itís fairly sessionable as the peppery earthiness isnít too harsh. Malty smoothness helps the spice escape properly. Good carbonation. ABV felt good.
Overall, for the most part, itís a decent brown ale that I could come back to. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2013
bomber shared. poured medium brown color with off white head. the aroma was a bit coffeeish and roasted malts. decent but forgettable. average all the way around nothing really jumps out at you on this one. flavor was about the same nothing remarkable mediocre at best. max.shelton (18) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2013
If this beer is tasting sour, then it is clearly old. There should be hints of coffee, vanilla, hop and malt, but nothing overpowering. Thatís the whole point of this beer, to be interesting, but not overpowering.
The oats lend themselves to a creamy character in the beer, which works beautifully. Overall, easy to drink, especially for those who shy away from brown ales (which are certainly making a comeback stateside). MaBeer1972 (2037) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2012
22 oz bottle. A thin brown ale with light tan head. Strange tangy aroma and flavors. Hint of coffee, some roastiness, but mostly tart and weird. Not that great at all. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
22oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a mostly clear, deep brown colored body with some red tints. Finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big on the fresh coffee with a thin, lightly sweetened caramel and brown malt backing. A touch of chocolate, a light earth, and a few fruity esters. Flavor is similar. Lots of fresh coffee with just a slight acidity up front. A light caramel sweetness in the middle with a few fruity esters, and a light cocoa with a bit of a smooth oat feel. Lots of balanced, fresh coffee in the end as the coffee gives this a light bitterness alongside some earth that helps this dry smoothly with just a light malty sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light, pretty smooth body with a gentle, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid and flavorful beer for the lower ABV%. Lots of fresh coffee, but it never gets over-the-top and blends well with a thinner and simpler brown ale base. Enjoyable.