AnnaEA (24) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Tall head fell quickly. Dark reddish brown. Odd sour coffee / chocolate taste. Not bad enough to drain pour, but not something I want another bottle of. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Poured a 12oz bottle into the Newcastle "Geordie Schnooner" glass.chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2010
APPEARANCE: Looks like muddy water with dark brown color and hints of ruby red. Forms a big, soapy head but it fizzles away like a soda. Leaves no lacing.
AROMA: smells more like a porter with notes of toasted malt, nuts and a hint of coffee. Not very strong, but nice.
TASTE: Starts off pretty good with a nutty taste with a potpurri of mom’s spice rack seasoning. Finishes with a bit of caramel and artificial sweetener-like sweetness. Reminds me of flat Pepsi. As it warms it becomes milder and less complex. Tasty, but not amazing.
MOUTHFEEL: Never had a brown ale that was this fizzy before. Initially drinks like fresh soda, then becomes completely tepid, thin, and watery.
DRINKABILITY: Good but not great, especially considering how thin and mild it is. Sweetness gets obnoxious if you drink too much too fast. 5.4% ABV seems high, it drink like something much lower.
OVERALL: Should’ve been a great beer, but it winds up being just a good beer. It’s sessionable and enjoyable.
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Beer poured a medium brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and coffee. Promising. Taste predominantly sour. Thin in texture with a tinny aftertaste. OK, but not great. murphym45 (779) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Pours a dark brown with some tan head. Aromas of roasty malts, nuts, coffee, brown sugar. A little sweet, medium bodied. Lots of flavor, very enjoyable. scarletfire65 (1558) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Wow I don’t know what to say. Flavor is like a 4 hour old pot of burnt stale Starbucks Coffee, with a little alcohol. Not enjoyable.
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
12oz Bottle, thanks Kevin! Aroma is a yeasty, sugary, and slightly cinnamon-doughy malt mess. Pours a very hazy mid-brown with amber and orange tints and a little too much cocoa-colored head. Flavors are all over the map. Too much caramel malt, too much dry chocolate malt, and some unhappy yeast flavors. Unbalanced and overly sweet. Poorly malted in my opinion. Jow (4236) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at brewery. Pours dark brown. taste is of roasted malt with some nuttiness and brown sugar, and some coffee flavor. quite good for the style. this tasting room rules MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown and opaque. Roasty and malty aroma. Definitely nutty/roasty flavor. Slightly sweet. A good brown ale. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The month of March is notched out as a "BEST BEFORE" date and it was sampled in February.
Appearance: It has a hazy chestnut colored body with a light tan head on top. The head is thick and creamy, tall but slow fading to a thin covering that hangs on till the finish and makes for some slick lacing.
Smell: There is a big sweet nose on this one. Sweet caramel and rich bready notes fill the nose and hops add some light spice as well.
Taste/Palate: Up front there is a big sweet caramel and buttery presence with some light mineral and green leafy/herbal hop bitterness moving into the middle. The hop notes struggle to come though but sweet creamy caramel and bready maltiness now with a hint of roasted nuttiness dominates and leads into the finish. I am also getting some dark fruity notes like raison or overripe plum as well. On the palate it has a smooth silky texture with light carbonation and a sturdy medium body.
Notes: There is a lot of sweetness in this one but for me it just stayed on the good side of cloying.
phaleslu (11074) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle. I don’t remember where this came from specifically, but I know it was a bonus in a trade. Sorry to whoever I am not giving credit to. Pours a semi-cloudy brown number with a small tan head. Notes of nuts, brown sugar, chocolate malts, caramel malts, roast, toast, and a bit of earthy coffee. Straightforward brown ale, and it’s nice. Light-medium bodied, with below average carbonation and a nutty mouthfeel. Sessionable and just fine for a brown ale.