headheldhigh (100) - Walnut, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
On tap after a great day of skiing. Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Smells of pecans toasted malts chocolate and medium roast coffee. Tastes a little sweet with some nice coffee flavors shining through. My opinion may be a little biased due to the fact that every time I drink this brew I am with friends being extremely thirsty and tired after a day on the slopes. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear dark brown with a medium tan head. Nutty and chocolatey aroma with some roast. Chocolate malt flavor starts you off, then a nutty presence shows up before a roasty finish. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
I often drink this when I am at Mammoth (for snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking in the summer), but this rating based on a bomber that I purchased at the brewery a year and a half ago (only $3.25). Pours a dark brown with some dark reddish highlights and a half-finger of tan foam. Nice aroma of peaty malts, toasted nuts, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor has nutty roasty malts, some chocolate, some caramel, but also a sourness that is somewhat distracting. Finishes with an aftertaste of slightly burnt malts and chocolate. Light in body. I like that the nuttiness is actually detectable in both the nose and mouth. A very drinkable brown ale that crosses over into porter territory. (83, 468) Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Tap. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Nose was full of nuts and roasted matts. Flavor was much of the same, everything Newcastle should be. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
This sweet Brown Ale’s boastful aroma of caramel, lactose-like sugars and hazelnuts moves into a pillowy body where milk chocolate and roasted, earthy bitterness are added.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam garnishes the brownish mahogany.
-This is very drinkable despite the higher-than-usual residual sugars.
-Cheap coffee allusions aren’t too pleasant.
-Hoppiness is discreet, even in the finish.
-This is a fun and memorable example of the style, even if it didn’t completely wow me.
Clearish dark brown ale covered by a slim, but lasting beige cover. Impressively nutty nose akin to caramelized pecans. Actually quite sweet, perhaps a bit too much so, but juicy and lean enough, combined with engaging, active small bubbled that make it engaging and drinkable. Minimally fruity with its vanilla touched raisins, it slowly evolves towards chocolatey/coffeeish roasted malts. Finishing with a slightly misplaced bitterness paired with more roast acidity than it deserves, reminding of stale ashtray coffee beyond those shy leafy hops. The global impression remains good though and I’d gladly have believed that it was brewed with real nuts. Aquilo (651) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Dark orange-brown with a thick head. Aroma is very nutty with coffee and caramel. Flavor is moderately bitter, with a lot of residual sweetness. Thirst quenching, but a bit thin on the palate. nickd717 (4683) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to largadeer. Pours a very dark brown color with a small off-white head that leaves a ring. Aroma is very nutty and roasty with with a little tobacco. Flavor is slightly sweet and nutty with earth, roast, and caramel. Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Pretty good overall. bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
22oz bottle pours brown with just a few off white bubles on top. malty aroma, flavor is subdued sweetness farily simple without much too it. goes down smooth. noting to speical, but drinkable. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head which qucikly fades. aroma is of roasted malts, cofee, coco, and a dash of hops. flavor is of roasted malts, coffee, coco, butterscotch, and vanilla. has a slightly watery, medium body with a creamy, but light mouthfeel. overall, a pretty tasty and drinkable brown.