jcwattsrugger (12559) - 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 (26422) - 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 (1617) - 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 (6967) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Draught at Armbsy, 1/30/16.thepatrickman (1503) - 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. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Brown pour. Thanks Ernesto. Loved this. Creamy, soft, just hoppy enough, light nutty flavors. smaynard6000 (1269) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown with generous beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt and cereal grains. Mostly sweet flavor with caramel malt notes. Bit of chocolate and roastiness as well. Bit of hoppiness barely present in the finish. Bold and well defined flavors. Medium bodied. A very well done brown. SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 pretty weak attempt at a brown ale, has a gritty roast to it, some bread crust and hair .. . mouth is weak, gritty bitter finish, surprised how much i didn’t care for it .. . . had another bottle, even worse, so gritty and plain. badly made brown ale.Ferris (17150) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Don’t be like that dad, there’s a war on.
Oh, I wondered what the noise was.
Bottle - Leafy hops, tea leaves and a nutty brown notes. Dirty brown with a light brown head. Dark roast, bitter and some light chocolate notes. Bitter and roasty, maybe too much for a brown.