Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
Originally reviewed: 12/9/09. Pours a very thick dark black. No light comes through this at all. This is the thickest brown ale I think I have ever seen. A huge creamy mocha-colored head rests on top. Retention is fair. Leaves no lace at all. Scents of walnuts, cocoa, and roasted malts waft out.
The body is thick and creamy with a touch of carbonation play on the tongue. Big chocolate malt presence in this beer. Not as nutty as expected. Mild dark bread in there, finishing with a charred aftertaste. This was a really good brown ale. Wasn’t what I quite expected, but it surpassed my thoughts. Good beer. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2010
A very dark brown pour- bordering on pitch black with a beautiful two finger foamy tan head. The aroma immediately starts out with heavenly dark chocolate notes that flirt with vanilla, roast, oatmeal, cream, and orangepeel. The flavor presents with notes of chocolate roast, vanilla, citrus, and caramel. Really well balanced and put together. The palate is medium to full with caressing pillowy effervescence and a semi dry finish. One of the better brown ales I’ve had- nice one Kevin. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A-This has a great appearance. Very dark brown-nearly black body that pours with a 2-3 finger foamy tan head. Head eventually subsides to about 1/2 finger but has perfect retention from there.Body is opaque when held up to the light.
S-Even a huge frothing head only reveals a mild nose. This nose consists of roasted malt, caramel malt, and a hint of chocolate.
T-Upfront a moderate flavor of sweet molasses, roasted malt bitterness, and a nice caramel malt tone. The finish is a blast of caramel malt and toffee sweetness. What lingers on the palate is a mild to moderate roasted malt bitterness and a mild taste of sweet toffee and caramel.
P-Carbonation is moderate and tingly. Body is medium weight. Somewhat smooth and creamy.
O- This is a pretty good brown ale. Its a little bit thicker than most and seems to have more of a porter or Scottish ale consistency -but pretty good. At 22 oz this is a nice, drinkable local ale. If it were my local I’d be all over it. The label, by the way, is very amusing. Happy to try this one and the bottle sure is amusing-but I don’t think I’ll trade for it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-25-2010 04:34:34 Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2010
22 ounce bottle courtesy of Jlbauvs. Thanks! Pours a very dark brown color with a thin than head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of caramel, dark malts, leafy hops. The taste is brown malts, caramel, light plums and other stone fruits, faint alcohol and a faintly hoppy finish. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and smooth. Decent beer. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Thanks Secret Santa. Pours a rich dark black with a two finger coffee brown head. Nose is a bit subdued with some coffee and bakers chocolate, malt dominant for sure, roasty, a bit nutty. Flavor is robust, some burnt coffee and bakers chocolate, caramelly sweetness, milk chocolate. Palate is roasty, solid.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of nuts, some chocolate, roasty. Tastes lightly bitter with some nice chocolate hints and a touch of bitterness on the finish. PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2010
From a 22oz bomber, this nuttiness composes a residentual image of brown tides of glory gliding smoothly down a malty drive. Ease into the first sip and explore the brightness that the caramel hints suggest. Also, this brings about a mild citrus backafter taste and reminds me of childhood bake sales. A solid, distinctive brown here. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bomber shared by Microgrog. Pours a rich deep brown/black with a nice lasting off beige head. Aroma is toasty, roasted malts, light chocolate and nuts, grassy and herbal yet rich- similar big malt body as a maduro from CCB. Flavor is sweet sugary chocolate tootsie roll, toasted malts, big chocolate and some roast nuts, pine needles and earth. Smooth finish. Nice. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2009
from mcox90 via trade. Poured super dark brown and borderline viscous. The head was short and brown. Spotty lacing. The best looking brown ale I’ve ever seen. The aroma was roasted malts, a touch of coffee and some chocolate. You sure this isn’t a stout? The flavor was roasted malts, coffee and a touch of hops towards the finish. Medium bodied and a real pleasure overall to drink. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
@Pauls Gathering courtesy of Adam/microgrog-22oz bottle-pours a tight light brown head and dark brown color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-chocolate/roasty, faint earthy hops. Taste is medium/dark malt-chocolate/roasty, faint astringent/earthy hops.