RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2005
2005 bottle from City Market. Consumed on 4/26/2005. Pours a medium brown, copper-amber, bottle conditioned with a moderate amount of dark beige head, fair retention and lacing. Smells of earthy, musty yeast, dry toffee and heavily toasted malts. Bitter bakers chocolate and more dirty soil notes. Flavor begins with a dry, dirty, almost astringent sort of over-kilned maltiness, not sweet at all, almost cardboardy in texture. Yeast is quite present, low bittering hops and some bits of dark chocolate. As it warms and breathes, the zesty carbonation dies down, allowing a bit more continuous malt flavor to develop, and it sweetens, to some extent, with some toffee and chocolate. But I never can shake that oily, over-roasted malt astringency and the dirty flavored yeast is not terribly pleasant either. A bit watery of a body, highly attenuated flavor but, of course, a good mouthfeel as almost all McNeills beers have. Retronasal has more sweet milk chocolate than I ever found in the body, which is strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to BuckNaked for this! Hazed copper with a voluminous fluffy tan head. Nose is earthy hops, light spice, hint of caramel, and raw nuts. Taste is more hoppiness with mild earthy notes, strong nuttiness, light caramel, and dry malts. Body is rather full and creamy with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter earthy hops, light caramel, strong nuts, and lighter sweetened malts. Faint cocoa as well. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Brown ale with a moka head. Caramel and porto in aroma, with light hops. Smooth sweet malt with torrefied coffee beans, caramel and molasses. Nice hops in finish. Good rich body. Dec. 2004.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
Medium brown, almos clear, decent off-white head. Strong C-hops aroma yet in a earthy caramel malt territory. So dry it almost feels chalky, vegetal chocolate notes, almost peppery hops. Thin-medium body, low carbonation makes it feel a bit stale. Hmm, I’m not a big fan of this experiment, it’s just too dry and since this particular beer has an earthyness that almost reaches ashes in its approach to roastiness, it doesn’t pair well to my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
Pours a muddy brown color with red highlights. Strong aroma and flavor of hops, it’s a McNeils after all, with malt and brown sugar. Nice creamy texture. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
Strong grapefruit, orange, resinous hop nose with fair underlying malty sweetness in the aroma. Opaque, reddish-brown body is topped by a decent off-white head that recedes slowly to cover with some lacing. Grapefruit and especially orange hop flavour dominates with plenty of roastiness in the finish which provides for a fairly assertive bitterness. Somewhat chalky and powdery texture in the mouth. Medium-light body is very dry. Bottle (City Market - Oct. 2004) sampled with DumDum, Nicholas, Olivier and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
Purchased from a co-op in Brattleboro. Pours a wonderful reddish-brown color. Full and frothy off-white head. Rich floral bouquet. Initial bitterness balanced by sweet, fruity, hemp flavours. Smooth finish. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
22 oz Bottle: Reddish brown color with a small light tan head. Light bodied. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt, wood, nuts, earth. Taste is subtle roasted malt, bitter nuts, light smoke, citrus hops, and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle - Pours a reddish brown in color with a medium light tan head. Some lacing. Aroma is of caramely malt and floral hops. Flavor is piney hops with a mild roasted malt and hoppy bitterness. Finish is hoppy and medium bitter. A really good brown ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6367) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Poured a ruby red raspberry color with a small off white head and nice lacing. huge aroma of sweet caramel and toffee, wood, nuts, malt, and a nice floral hoppiness. Subdued roasted malt balanced a hop finish. Now this is my new favorite brown, certainly beats the summer brown.

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