mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle from BevMo. Dark ruby in color upon pouring. Somewhat roasted nose. Some banana from the yeast as well. Roasty up front with a good deal of yeastiness. Fairly sweet. Quite a bit of spice in there. Finish is fairly roasted. I am impressed, much more interesting than I thought it would be. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #49. Very dark amber/red pour, almost ruby with a tan head, really a nice looking brew. Sweet malty aroma, spice (sweet) yeasty belgian thing going on as well. Sweet flavor, a little grape action going on here, light toast. Pretty good. (1486). cballatore (15) - Phoenix, Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours semi-clear and cola-like with a minimal head and carbonation. Feels light in body but full in flavor. I taste coffee and spices coming together smoothly in a thin to average texture. It finished crisp and short. Pretty tasty (above average) but not worth seeking out. 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.
mkel07 (5835) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2012
On tap at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Anaheim. Good solid brown ale with a deep copper colour and aromas of caramel and vanilla. Smooth it the mouth and easy to drink.
brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap @ Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Brown pour with a slight haze and khaki head. Aroma is toasted malt, peppery spices, and sweet banana and fruit esters. A touch of nuts and chocolate as well. Flavor has a nice sweetness and minimal bitterness. Some spices, chocolate, nuts, and toast. Good banana, caramel, and bread. Pretty decent beer. IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draft at the Karl Strauss beer cart in Disneyland Adventure Park. Nose is nuts, light dark fruits, and a hint of roast. Clear cherry brown with a medium, heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet and spicy with lots of nuts. Pretty nice to find a tasty ale at Disney. ryanfolty (2538) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
March 23, 2014 - on tap at Karl Strauss Universal. Clear brown pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was yeast, spice, caramel and mild coffee. Taste was sweet with some pepper and finish was mild coffee. VertBaconStrips (2387) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - MAR 3, 2015
Guzzled while waiting to get on California Screamin’ at California Adventure. Somehow Zoe convinced herself to go on this - it was the alternative to the ferris wheel that seemed to terrorize her. Plummy, some roast, decent pepper, vanilla, fruits that are not citrus or berries, dirt and less than sweet toffee. Time to go and man up for the kidlettes. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent brown color with a big creamy beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is musty-earthy with burnt chestnuts, dust and yeast. The flavor is more of the same, burnt chestnuts, dust, spicy Belgian style yeast and a bit of biscuit. The mouthfeel is a bit light with fair carbonation. The finish is short and dry with a bit of lingering biter walnut. Overall: A very interesting little beer, well done Karl S.