UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2003
My favorite brown ale, hands down. Smooth malty flavor tinted with chocolate. Aroma is also very chocolatey. Almost nonexistent hops. Medium to full bodied with a nice long finish. Really wonderful stuff. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Thanks Nicole.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There’s some nice lightly speckled lacing weaving down the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice roasted nutty toffee with a nice backup by some caramel and bready notes.
The taste was sweet, nutty, bready with a rich caramel and toffee combination.
On the palate, this sat about a light to medium with a nice sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation was right where it should be for the style and for me. The way this one rolls across my tongue is spectacular as there’s a really nice creamy and nutty sweetness that really makes this one be a really good one.
Overall, one of my all time favorite brown ales that I truly miss when I lived on the East Coast, one day I hope to see you again...one day. rchico99 (2) - Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2002 does not count
I find this to be one of the best nut browns out there, particularly aromatic and confident. Perfect for a late fall day, perhaps while watching some football with other beer connoisseurs. Cheers to Ipswich for this impudent brew. altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 15, 2005
Excellent domestic brown ale. Nice combination of dryness and sweetness. Also very smooth. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Beautiful dark ruby color, not much of a head. Great malty/nutty/chocolate aroma. The taste starts off with some nice sweet maltieness, turns to a somewhat bitter hoppy flavor that doesnt do a great job of balancing with the malt. Finishes with a light to medium hoppieness with a nutty kick. Among my favorite nut browns, but still more than a little south of great.
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Very good. Chocolatey, yet robust and bitter. Great balance and depth. A classic U.S. brown ale. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2004
A dark brown ale with a slight head. The flavor is somewhat nutty, but also very malty and even porter-like, as other raters have noted. Nice hop bitterness to balance it all out. thornecb (5911) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Pours deep brown into a shaker. Tan micro head with excellent retention leaves spider lacing as is recedes to skim surface. Spicy caramel aromas. Smooth dark caramel and pecans. Slight hop in the finish. brigg (679) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2010
(bottle) Hazy mahogany body and a big, stiff tan head. Powerful aroma of rich, lightly roasted, sweet chocolate malt. The strong hop aroma is floral and grass/pine. Flavor is earthy but sweet with caramel and slightly smoky. A slight tartness near the back. Body is slightly thin, and soft. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle thanks to AirForceHops: Pours a clear deep copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasted nutty nose with a touch of British hops and hint of fruitiness. Starts with a good mild sweetness and toasted maltiness well-balanced with lightly piny bitterness before a crisp bittersweet finish. An enjoyable, true to style, and very drinkable brown ale.