theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Aroma is biscuit, caramel, roast. Appearance is dark brown mahogany. Taste is caramel and biscuit, bread. Mild roasty follows. Licorice. Palate is medium-. Crisp. Burnt caramel lingers. Overall a nice beer. bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Aroma is of faint caramel. Pours an amber/copper with a thin, tan head. Taste is more hops than I prefer for a brown ale with a hint of sweetness to it. Body is light with a slight carbonation feel on the tongue. Drier finish with a hint of coffee. Okay ale, a bargain at Trader Joe. Finhead (1770) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
A brown pour with ruby highlights and an off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, bready malt, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is mildy sweet with a rather thin texture and a dry finish. joet (2646) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2010
good value, bitter, caramel, brown, tan head, nuts, cocoa, sweet, slightly creamy, nuts. Surprisingly well put together. Nothing too fancy but very well done. ChainGangGuy (4895) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
22 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with some amber-hinted edges and layered with a light tan head.
Smell: Malty mélange of well toasted loaf bread, ground nuts, chocolate powder, caramelized sugars, and a splash of mild coffee. Notably fruity throughout.
Taste: Sweet malts, moderately nutty, toasty and with a solid taste of cocoa powder and lighter touch of burnt sugars. Steadfast fruitiness. Restrained hop character, though it yields some hints of herbs and citrus. Modest bitterness. Smidgen of roastiness. Drying, nutty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A good, malty, yet well-balanced brown at a good, sensible price. Paired as a nice contrast to the black bean and pumpkin soup I made this evening.
Leighton (21463) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Cola-brown pour with a modest, off-white head. Brownie aroma with other dark malts. Sweet, malty flavor with light chocolate and tobacco. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes malty, sweet and fairly roasty. This is one of the better brown ales I’ve had. Very good stuff. nuplastikk (6312) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
22oz bomber for $1.99. Ruby red-brown color, soapy off-white/beige head. Mellow, subdued toffee, brown sugar aroma. True to style in most respects. Pretty nice sweet specialty malt notes, but comes off a little watery in it’s body. Lacks real depth, character, ect. Mild soapy hop balance. Session beer I suppose. OK, inoffensive, no off flavors. Enniskillen (2058) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Brown with an off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, chocolate. Taste is caramel, chocolate, mild hoppiness, coffee. malrubius (2925) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Bottle from Trader Joe’s of course. Nice clear deep brown with lasting flat head. Toasty maple syrup and nuts chestnuts aroma. Toasted maple syrup brown sugar with medium fruit and medium roasted bitter lingering finish. I’m not a fan of brown ales that much (I mean, who is?) but this seems like a pretty decent one. Very very smooth. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
Deep brown pour. Creamy white/tan head. The nose has a little bit of caramel and cocoa on the finish. A bit of soft fruitiness and a light dry cocoaish flavour as well. There is a touch of licorice and some light toffee as well. Earthy finish.