ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2007
Tap. Poured a dark black color. Aroma is chocolate and cinamon. Taste nutty and sweet. shrubber85 (11706) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Growler (via ford9719) Initial aroma was strongly of vinegar when first opening growler - aroma changes to a strong maple syrup/brown sugar malt. Very dark brown with small head. Strong walnut malt and brown sugar/prune flavor with a moderate hops finish. Very nice and unique - fuller body than the average brown ale. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 14, 2007
On tapNYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Pours a dark ruby-brown that lets some light through. Off-white head forms with a dense pack of tiny bubbles and leaves some lace. Aroma is coffee, dry toasty grain, roasted nuts, bitter-roast grain and some hop bitterness as well. Flavor mostly follows suit, but is unfortunately more muted than the aroma. A small hint of dark fruit shows as it warms. Medium body with slightly flat palate. Decent beer, basically to style, but needs more flavor intensity. Seems I wasn’t quite as wild about it.as the previous raters.
Grolwer courtesy of jgd0608. Aroma is very heavy on the nose. roast malt, chocolate, dark breads and mild coffee. Body is ruddy brown to black and holds a diminishing pinky sized tan head. Very roasty fore. Has none of the estery sweetness of many brown ales. Rather it has a dark chocolate kind of sweetness...a muted coffee roast sweetness that is full, rich and bold. Very full flavor. Though as far as mouthfeel it leans toward the thin body of a brown ale it gives nothing up to the heavier porter style in terms of flavor concentration. Very nice hearty/roasty finish that has me envisioning overpaked pumpernickle. A damn nice brown ale. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Some lightly roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma, some dark wheat breadiness, that in a blind taste teast would almost qualify as a porter, but has more signifgant qualities in the malt bill as a brown ale. Very good and solid overall.
heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Dark brown body with a yellowish head. The aroma was roasted coffee with some chocolate. There was also some quality tobacco. Interesting for a brown. The taste was fairly roasted along with coffee and tobacco. A solid brown ale that seemed almost like a brown porter to me.