SrSilliGose (3332) - 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 (10017) - 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. fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Offering from a growler that was kept cold for two days until consumed. Pours a murky brown color reminicent of lake water. the head is soapy big bubbles. smell opens with a dark carmel malt and moderate grassy piney hop notes. taste is of carmel malt right before the flavor gets to roast. Semi sweet with a moderate hop presence. kinda floral on the aftertaste. medium light body with moderate/ low carbonation. Overall an easy drinking flavorful beer that was a pleasure to consume. No problem drinking 2L over the course of sunday football.
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Growler picked up at the bottle festival. Great brown malt flavors, nutty. Hoppy finish. Great everyday beer hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On draft at the brewery. Hoppy brown ale. Brown color with a nice white head. Hops in the aroma and taste. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Growler shared by InspectorBob at BA gathering. Pours out a decent looking brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is of caramel, sweet malts, light chocolate, sweet breakfast bread and a slight trace of bitterness. Taste is much the same, sweet bready malts with a little bit of caramel and some hop bitterness for balance. dmac (6457) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Growler shared by InspectorBob at the 2011 South Jersey BA gathering. Poured a muddy orange/brown with a smaller head. Aroma just wasn’t there, notes of dirty earth, soap, hint of honey and dirty oranges. Full fizzy body with stronger carbonation and a chewy body. Flavor is way better than the aroma along with chocolate, brown bread, toast, nutts, and some cola. This is a great brown ale. yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
From tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown to almost black with a creamy, off-white, lasting and lacing head. Smooth toffee roasted malty with a good bitter counterbalancing. Yet a slight bit too bitter into the far finish leaving more bitterness than toasted malt in the balance.