oobawa (1318) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a towering four-finger pale brown shade. It features an incredibly thick, soapy texture, along with some beautiful lacing.
S: Citrusy hops befitting a Lagunitas product jump out at me first. Sadly, I kind of wish more of the brown ale qualities jumped out at me. Still, it has a decent nutty tone beneath all the grapefruit - but there’s also an acidic note to the hops that’s somewhat overbearing.
T: The first sensation on the palate is tons of citrusy hops. It comes across as if you’re biting into a grapefruit. Just like I feared in the aroma, there isn’t much ’brown ale’ to be found (maybe a touch of caramel, toffee, and nuts in the middle of the palate), yet there’s just enough to balance out the (excellent) hops without overshadowing them.
M: I love the crisp lightness of this. I really thought this would be sweet and heavy, and instead it goes down superbly. It does become a bit sweeter as it warms up, though - nothing that’s a dealbreaker, though.
O: This drinks more like an IPA with darker malts instead of a brown ale with a bit of hoppiness. The aroma threw me for a loop, but once I accepted it was the former instead of the latter, I really grew to like this one a lot. I have to wonder: does Lagunitas make anything that sucks? Don’t answer that.
Nice giant brown ale, big on dark malt goodness, possibly even bigger on the piney, resinous hops. Giant doses of chocolate-laced caramel are backed up by the slightest hint of Lagunitas orange marmalade hops, underscored by a slight red apple yeastiness that helps balance out the clingy, IBU-flinging finish. Modest notes of dried apricot and raisin lie way, way underneath all the crazy malting, but mostly this beer’s like sipping a candybar pinecone milkshake. Okay, not really, but it’s still pretty damn good. Emelie (106) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2017
Klar, brun, beiget skum.
Doft: Torkad frukt, syrligt, metall, bränt socker, coca-cola.
Smak: rund och maltig, råg, ganska mild, beska och papper i eftersmak, aningen vattnig och spretig. Samuel214 (1089) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2017
Flaska från SB, ca 1 år gammal? Provning med ölsällskapet. Kastanjebrun med gräddigt beiget skum som lämnar lite rester längs kanterna. Knäckig och nötig doft med karamell, brunt socker, lätt rågsyra, molass, blöt kartong. Len medium/lätt kropp. Smak av knäck, karamell, nötiga toner, grädde, kakao och en matt maltighet. Fortfarande markant beska som balanserar upp de maltiga tonerna väl. Riktigt trevlig! Florya (2023) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2017
How: bottle Appearance: brown with a medium tanned head. Aroma: chocholate, caramel, cocoa, hay, toast. Palate: medium to full body, soft carbonation. ARH (1125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2017
The aroma starts leathery and a touch burnt, but quickly reveals a potent burnt sugar. It’s a deep brown and red looking body, topped by a soft foamy, tan head. The palate is mostly sweet, balanced by a roasted bitterness with mostly caramel, chocolate, and a roasted coffee quality on the tongue with a bit of herbal and a dry finish.
AndySnow (7579) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2017
How: Bottle.Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Citrus, tropical fruit, malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Citrus, caramel, fruit.
This is fantastic. This is definitely a big ol imperial brown ale. It’s an absolute malt and coffee bomb and it’s 100% delicious. It’s has a huge brown sugar aroma which is amazing, and a nice roasty maltiness that just dominates. It’s super sweet, super tasty and just an overall malt bomb, but in a good way. It’s how I would want malt to be presented in a beer. I love how lagunitas pumps out these beers that are so delicious, but so reasonably priced. It blows my mind. Just another testament to how awesome they are. Cheers! Pick up this malt monster now. olsvammel (7220) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty and hoppy smell, with wort and caramel. Similar taste. Nice. Vighals (3923) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2017
Mørk brun klar med høyt beige skum. Lukter nøtter, brent karamell og humlelukt mot grapefrukt. Balansert, kjenner malten og humlen godt. Grapefrukt, nøtter, brent karamell og sitrus. Middels lang. kajser27 (1786) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 2, 2017
Clear, ruby-copper colored, medium to off white head, good lasting. Aroma is of malt, caramel, toffee, fruits, some floral and hoppy fruity notes. Taste is medium+ sweet malt, caramel, toffee, candy, fruity and floral hoppy notes, medium bitterness, dryish finish and bitter aftertaste. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, bit sticky, even some resin.