Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
This is a Belgian Style Ale? Could have fooled me. This brown has some roasty notes, finishing clean. I’m not a big fan of KS’ beer, but its not like this beer is offensive - it’s just a standard brown ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
6th rate for this beer. Tap at the other Lucky Baldwin’s. Nose is a candy glaze over a roasty US porter. Color is flat dark black. Tastes very slightly like a dark rauchbier but then flattens and sweetens with dark spices. Went great with the bread pudding. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
On tap @ Torreyana Grille, La Jolla. This was excellent. Nice malty body, yet light and refreshing. Sweet, with a little spice. When Karl Strauss wants to, they can make beers as good as any of the top breweries in San Diego. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Poured into 12oz. Karl Strauss pub glass. Color is nice Brown, head is tan and some what creamy helping the vanilla flavour come through. Flavour is toasted and malty, with hints of coriander spice. Aroma also hints at the coriander spices. Overall a pleasant Brown ale. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
On tap at the Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant in La Jolla; served on tap in a tulip. From notes. First reviewed 12/10/2008.
My pour is a light chocolate and amber color. It arrived with a small head, which stays around and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Suspiciously transparent.
A pleasant blend of oak, smoky malt, and chocolate.
The smoky, roasted malt taste is the first thing I notice, with with vanilla and coffee flavors coming in afterward. There is a slight hoppy kick at the end.
This has a medium level of carbonation, with a nice creaminess to it. At the same time, it is almost too light.
This is a very smooth beer, which I enjoyed, but I don’t know how many more I would want to drink. There are definitely better Browns out there.
Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Appearance was clear root beerish brown with 2 finger creamy lasting head,some lacing.Aromas was toasty roasty coffee malts with no hints of alcohol. Hops were not present in the nose. Taste where sweet caramelly malts with caulky hops backbone. Moutfeel was creamy smooth carbonation ,long malty dryish finish. A San Diego jem... gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark cherry brown with just a dusting of slightly off-white foam. Aroma is sweet molasses and roasty almonds (or some other bitter nut). Flavor is pretty typical of brown ale: solid, dark, a touch of resin and herbs in the flavor, to go with smokey wood, earth, and maybe even leather. All of these are light and neatly intermingled here, and make this a really pleasant, if not overly memorable beer, to drink. DavidWoodruff (629) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Brown with tan head. Roasted grain, nutty aroma. Tastes like toast, cereal, nuts and Kellogg’s Postem. Dry maltiness with little hop presence. Not sure why they bothered calling it a Belgian-Style brown ale as it is nothing like any Belgian Bruin I have ever had. Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Doughy yeasty with a malty aroma come from this clear amber brew whith small bubbles forming around the glass. I get the earthy doughy flavor from the yeast up front followed by the typical belgian flavor mixed with a malty sweetness. The back of my tounge tastes the slight bitterness of this mediumish bodied brew. jehoesefat (366) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Sweet nutty aroma. Pours clear and a very nice red/ruby color. Nice sweet flavor with a long fruity finish.