chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 growler... dark brown coca cola with with a watery light tan head... solid aroma of coffee with a bit of nuts and a grassy finish, unique but good... taste is not good at all, not sure if its a bad bottle or what, way to hoppy, the Columbus hops do not work at all, rough resin, off hops Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Courtesy of fbm115. Deep, rich, brown, beige head, oily lacing. Aroma is full of clean roast, nuttiness, light coffee and chocolate, back end is loading with c-hops. Dig it but a tad too hoppy for me. Flavor on is dead on with aroma. Again super clean. Soft billowy mouthfeel, creamy smooth. Well done. would like to try this in three months or so, maybe the hops will mellow out, might score another 5/6 points better for me. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Courtesy of fbm115rayl101 (166) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roasted coffeee, and pine. It pours a dark brown with orange highlights with a small beige head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and some oily legs. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has roasted coffee, nuts, and pine. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is roasty coffee with a little cocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Flavor is roasty malt, with a lot of chocolate, coffee, and a nice touch of hops in the finish. Very nice! Travlr (26948) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Growler muled by oteyj, thank you! Murky brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of subtle chocolate covered pine needles. Taste is brown bread, chocolate, raisins. Low carbonation, but could be the growler. Medium body. One of the nicer brown ales I’ve had, and definitely the nicest aroma.
Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Tasty hopped brown ale. Did not expect the citrus hop explosion at the back end of this one. Nice bitterness as well to balance the malty sweetness of the brown ale. Another winner from HF. SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
pours a deep mahogany brown with a long lasting frothy tan head. leaves some nice lace on the glass. aroma of roasted coffee, hazelnuts, a touch of raisin, cinnamon, and juicy grapefruit and fresh squeezed oranges hop character. taste is bright, bitter juicy citrusy hops backed by a nutty deep dark roasty dark chocolate and espresso. dry, awesome body. just a wonderfully made beer. i could drink this all the live long day, every day. awesome beer. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
750mL growler/fliptop thanks to oteyj. Big carbonation yields a clear, red cherry cola with a larger yellow head. Nice retention. Thick appearance- sticky rings of impressive lace even out of a growler. Nose is very roasty, much more coffee and earth than I was expecting. Almost porter like nose with maple. Taste is richer, bitter, piney, small umami character. Roasty and earthy coffee still with mild hazelnut. Very good- hard to make a beer this style that is enjoyable. Mild salt, pine, tree bark. Bitter but nicely balanced by dark chocolate and coffee. Palate is lemony, mildy acidic, small saltiness. Feels heavier than 6%. Still quite aggressively hoppy. Could be slightly overwhelming. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Giant thanks to oteyj for procuring a 750 mL bottle of this from the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a small bubbly head. Nose holds phenomenal roasted malt, earthy hops with notes of warm bark mulch, loam, along with touches of almond and caramel. Flavor is equally wondrous; more sweet chocolate notes mix with the roasty and earthy bitterness. Absolutely my favorite brown ale. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap at the brewery. An extremely dark brown body sports a vivacious and lively tan froth that is seemingly endless. This beer is purely epic for the style: a huge hit of floral and pine like resin finishes off with buckets of orange and grapefruit peels. The malt character is with bursting notes of cocoa nib, and a roasty malt note that is incredibly soft. All the goodness of a nice roasty chunk of bakers chocolate or cocoa nib without the bitter astringency. The hop character is phenomenal, and adds the perfect balance. The best brown ale I’ve ever had- definitely raised the bar for an otherwise uninteresting style.