ebone1988 (2126) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, Gus, and others. Aroma is earthy hops, nutty, roasted malt, so good. Appearance is brown, light tan head. Taste is earthy hops, pine, nuts, pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, earthy hops aftertaste. Overall, very good for a brown, but different. j12601 (13123) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2016
On tap at Draught. Pours a deep brown with cola highlights and a medium sized tan head. Soft roast, light chocolate and toast. Medium bodied, soft sweetness, roast, smooth chocolates. Gentle bitterness into the finish. skiatd1 (52) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2016
A deliciously hoppy brown ale that is extremely well balanced but presents fantastic hop character in a darker than normal brown ale which results in a complexity unmatched in most other beers.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MrTipple (6471) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Aroma: heavy grain, toasted malts, cacao, light coffee. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium bitter. Palate: bitters continue, floral hops, toasted malts, dark chocolate, bitters cacao. Overall: decent Brown Ale, nice hoppy palate. Pint at Proletariat, Manhattan. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2016
On tap. Thin retaining tan-dk brown with red tint. A-roasty/some chocolate. T-chocolate-med malt, some earthy/pine hops.
cgarvieuk (25992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2016
Keg at the cigar city... Dark brown... Soft sweet toffee chocolate roast malts nose... Dark sweet chocolate roast malts.. Dark sweet chocolate roast malts GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Draft at Teresa’s in Wayne PA. Nice pour, light black in color, small mocha colored head. Nose is light hop presence, heavy roasted malts. Taste reminds me of a porter. Lots of roasted malts, light hop bitterness. Light coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth silky body, easy to drink. Overall, great beer for its style/category. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Draught at Armbsy, 1/30/16.thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2016
God damn, Mr. Hill just doesn’t put out bad beer. I absolutely detest most Black IPAs and Brown ales; probably my two least favorite styles (though barleywines are up there too). But just as I gave James a 3.9, despite not enjoying the beer, this one is right up there too, despite the same. Lighter than James, with more dark amber and chestnut showing through and with a beige head that is well-retained.
A touch more toffee/caramel and raisin in the nose, but it’s very well balanced by citrusy and fruity hops, along with a touch of very light roast.
Bitter, again, but not nearly as much as James (as expected) and with a bit more of a stickier, balancing malt presence. Crisp, dry and lean on the finish, the attenuation ultimately shows through and the hops win out, though toasted brown sugar, brown bread and light coffee persist as well. Fluffy and malty texture with perfect carbonation and no alcohol or flaws, as always. Shawn couldn’t be more deserving of brewer of the year yet again and it would actually be a little ridiculous if he hadn’t won. Or so I think.
Brown ale with a lot of roasted malt flavor and a fairly high degree of hoppiness. Definitely not a "brown IPA" or some weird bastardization like that, just on the hoppier side of the style. Smooth and creamy with a lot of coffee notes and a bit of chocolate. Top-notch. Heather_B (256) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
I should preface this by saying: I’ve had it a few times which is impressive because I usually hate brown ales.
Brown pour with minimal head. Smell is caramel and some hops that aren’t typical of this style. The flavor is nice - it’s still a brown ale so it isn’t my favorite but the hops definitely shine and make this much more drinkable than I usually consider this style to be.