superspak (5414) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/5/2015. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red/brownish color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light cocoa/coffee, light plum/apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hop, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light cocoa/coffee, light plum/apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light cocoa/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hop, and light fruity yeast flavors; with nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balance mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English brown ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hop, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
hotstuff (5114) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated on 01-12-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a medium sized smooth tan head with a lengthy retention, hazy brown amber body, fast rising carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, nutty, sweet, and dark fruits. The flavor is sweet, dark fruits, malty, nutty, and a hint of roastiness in the end. The mouthfeel is soft carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. This is a session beer and there is not a lot of character with this beer.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a mini 12oz looking pint glass thing.
Appearance: Awesome. Two finger tan head, nice and clear brown color, with outstanding lacing. Looks great.
Smell: Not much there. Some caramel malts with some traces of roastiness with some nuttiness and maybe some coffee. Smells like your typical brown, really.
Taste/feel: I am surprised. I’d almost give this a four, but I can’t quite do it -- this is JUST the brown ale you want to have on a hot day like today. Nice and cold, fairly thin but creamy feel, not too much carbonation, and tastes way better than I expected. It’s not bursting with flavor, but it has a nice creaminess. The flavor is primarily nutty caramel with a touch of roastiness. It’s not too bold, but it’s very enjoyable. I’d buy it again.
thedm (6103) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a typically carbonated transparent light brown colored body. The mild aroma was brown ale The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The thin flavor contained notes of brown malt. An OK brew just nothing special.
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light brown, cloudy, tall foamy off white head. Lots of carbonation, medium light body. Not my favorite brown.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
draft at the tap room - Pours medium brown with a small head and a straightforward caramel malt aroma. As with my previous two samples, the sweet flavor gives way to a similar bitterness as the others. Same kind of hops? It’s medium bodied with a mildly bitter finish. Decent.
mmmbeer (1417) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. shorty bottle served in shaker- poured a darkened brown with a shade of plum color, several dulled tan frog eyes and a similar colored ring around the vessel for a head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, and some dulled hops. Hits the mouth with a slightly uneven medium body, malt doesn’t have as much sweetness as the nose suspected, some very mild hops in the middle, finish is cloyingly sweet and just a touch acidic. Not too shabby.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to my Michigan pusher, Steve! Nice chestnut brown pour. Very fizzy pour with a modest nose. Taste is interesting, a trace hoppy but mostly fruity with an ever so mild tartness. Not bad.
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Strykzone. Poured a dark red amber, with a tan head and light lacing Nose of lightly roasted malts with some chocolate. Medium in body. Kind of at thin mouthfeel. Flavor is light chocolate with some grassy hops. Finish show a little nuts and light bitterness. Pretty basic beer but quite drinkable.
Strykzone (7256) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle bought in Michigan. This is almost cola looking with dark brown and some red. A decent lighter tan head. I smell cocoa and soggy hops. It Also smells a little like root beer. The flavor is light cocoa with grass and earth. It is slightly roasted and, again, a bit of root beer. A dash of nuts, too. With warmer temperature more hops are tasted and they are grass. Later still the cocoa re-adds itself to the mix. The aftertaste is the grass and cocoa. They aren’t a bad combination but this isn’t a great beer.