pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Aroma: Bread and yeast aromas with strong elements of nuts. stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Appearance: Dark mahogany with rich tan head.
Taste: Medium sweetness with faint hints of sourness at the very edges.
Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish
Overall: A solid, well developed beer. Very nutty, but hints of dry fruit and chocolate to add some depth.
From Arvin’s Christmas stash 2014. Deep, rich color. Strong, malty base with tons of nuttiness and caramel. Palate is excellent; consistent throughout. Pleasantly surprised. Dogbrick (14009) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a very dark brown color with a medium thin tan head that recedes steadily. Top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Aroma of coffee and honey. Medium body with flavors of coffee, hops and sweet honey nuts. The finish is moderately bitter coffee with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Not fully organic according to the brewmaster but a solid beer regardless. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2013
12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy brownish/red color with about a half inch light tan head. There’s a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and nutty, the brew also smells like toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and honey. It tastes like nuts, toasted malt, wood, honey, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. It’s one of the better brown ales I’ve had, glad I bought a sixer of this! $8.99 a 6-pack. superspak (6094) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2014
12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown bread, honey, nuttiness, raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey notes with light hops; and good strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, toast, honey, nuttiness, light roast, raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, honey, nuttiness, raisin, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and honey flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Poured into a perfect pint. Stop #2 on my JO’s CANquest raises the stakes with one of my favorite style’s being evaluated.
4.5 A: Lightly hazed dark amber light brown color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is very good and a healthy ring of lacing is left behind. Quite nice.
4.5 S: Oh boy is this a treat to cranial nerve #1. Deep, rich nuttiness flanked by toastiness, caramel sweetness, and cocoa powder. The honey is light, but does add a nice extra layer that complements the main flavors quite well. Just a touch of earthy hops.
4.5 T: Cranial nerves 7, 9, and 10 have a good time now. Nuts, caramel, cocoa again do it right with honey having a bigger role in the taste. Earthy hops again. No complaints, very good.
4.5 M: Medium body. Pleasantly creamy. Good moderate carbonation.
4.5 D: Really solid beer. Maybe I’ll actually order it next time I’m at JO’s.
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DavoleBomb, Mar 28, 2014
Sampled at bodega many times in the past few weeks. I always skipped over this at the brewpub to choose other beers because I never was much of a fan of brown ales, this is not like other brown ales ive had. Aroma had a nice roastiness to it. Flavor had a light choc coffee flavor to it and was really easy to drink. Has some stout like properties. This is one of those beers I would love to have in cans and I could probably drink 6 in a sitting pretty easily and not be bored by it. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Draft. Excellent brown ale. Full body, lightly toasted malts, tall tan head, a little creamy... Borders on being a porter, but I really enjoy.