Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2009
Thanks to Israel for sending this along for Easter.
The bottle poured into my Sam Adams glass produced two fingers worth of tan head that settled to a wisp of lace at the top of the glass. The body of the brew was mahogany brown in color and wonderfully clear
Aromas of caramel and nuts filled my head with a light woodiness coming thru as well. The flavors are great sweet malts and nuttiness. The oak gives the nuttiness an added depth. It feels good in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep it interesting for my tongue
This is a great brown ale, very drinkable, easily sessionable as well. If I was in the mood for brown I grab this again in a heartbeat
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pours a mostly translucent deep brownish amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of mixed nuts, chocolate, toasted malt, like woodiness, a little earthy and lightly floral. Flavor of the same, some vanilla and oak, wood aging seems to add a nice complexity. paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. nice ruby-esque mahogany color. nice light brown head. low retention rate. subtle lacing.
S: nice malt aroma, very nutty, pine nuts and pecans, hints of vanilla and some oak.
T: great nut brown flavors from the malts, some cherries and vanilla from the barrels. some hints of coconut.
M: medium bodied, with a great palate for a brown ale. mild carbonation.
D: interesting brew, very nice. I enjoyed this a lot, very drinkable if you like oak aged brews with a mild body. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Not bad. I’m not a fan of the nut brown style but this one seems to strike a balance between a chocolate macadamia sweetness and some roasted vanilla nuts. It could use a better head and I want to spike it with CO2. This would be fabulous if it was cask conditioned but right now seems pretty flat. It also looks like tea. I dig the flavor but it needs texture. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by Malrubius. Light, nutty aroma (hazelnut, almond), with some sweet mild vegetal hops. Light carbonation with a mild body. Not much oak coming out here. It tastes like they used oak chips, which is ok, but they didn’t do much, and this wasn’t really a beer that should have been aged. Not bad though.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and toffee notes, molasses, a hint of oak. A bit more oak in the flavor, but the focus is still on the sweet malt. Not terribly complex, but the malt remains fairly rich as opposed to cloying, and surely pleasant to drink. egajdzis (6501) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Poured a lightly hazy, red amber color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, light cocoa, nuts, caramel malts and a bit of vanilla oak. Taste of nuts, light roast, vanilla, citrus fruits, and caramel, with a lightly bitter finish. Thanks to Tom for sharing! Brewbie (479) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
12oz bottle. Like a the unoaked a solid drinker for me. Nice nutty roast aroma and taste. Didn’t find a lot of the oakiness, maybe just a little more mellowness. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Murky brown color with a puffy tan head. Aroma is dark and earthy with some hints of oak, nuts, and very light malts. Lots of dark fruit. Flavor is dark and earthy with a lot of dark fruit and oak notes. Very deep and rich with some slightly sour notes. Almost tasted like an old ale. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a medium brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, caramel, nuts, lightly earthy, smoke, and light oak. Tastes of caramel, nutty, roast, and light vanilla. Where’s the Oak (very subtle).