DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with marinaro500 and footbalm, thanks Joe and Eric!) Leave it to New Glarus to take a boring style and make a top notch offering that leads by example. This is a great brown ale. Sweet, deliciously malty, caramely, very toasty, slightly roasty in the finish, with just a hint of bitterness. The nose echoes the flavor, but is just a bit less sweet and perhaps more roasty. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Light brown color is bordering on dark amber, but wow, talk about perfect clarity for a beer this color, it’s absolutely crystal clear. The light tan head is fairly fizzy and quickly dissipates to a ring, leaving no lacing behind. Not my favorite brown ale, but definitely in the upper echelon. Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Poured a rich amber hue with very little head or lacing and a fruity cherrylike aroma. Light bodied, malty with light bitterness, caramely. Clean short finish. Not as good as I thought it would be, no bottling info that I could see. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with 1FastSTi. Clear copper pour, thin white head fleeting in duration. Aroma is of mild maltiness with an odd apple? smell. Pretty boring flavor, though nicely balanced. Palate is thin and lacking in depth. Overall a somewhat boring beer in a very boring style category. I will say that there was some oxidation in the finish, so possibly not the freshest sample? TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Dark copper with a thin, slightly off-white head. Same theme is carried into the flavor, which is also complemented with a very light sour fruit note. Medium body and nice bubbly palate. A simple beer done quite well. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 10, 2005
12oz. bottle. Malty aroma, redolent of toasted whole grain bread and mild, milky coffee with suggestions of hazelnut, light brown sugar and perhaps some faint maple. Light-medium copper-brown in color, very clear for being bottle conditioned, and with a slight, fine off-white head. Flavor is moderately sweet up front, some faint honey and caramel, becoming roastier in the middle, plenty of nuttiness to be found and by the finish some lightly bitter, lightly spicy hop flavors and cocoa are made apparent. Very gently earthy and smoky late. Smooth and somewhat thin on the palate with a medium body. Certainly very quaffable. Obtained via a Madison connection.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
12 oz. bottle. a rich, dark brown in color with a smallish tan head. mild blend of roasted malt and some nut flavors. well balanced and easy drinking. definitely one of the best brown ales I’ve had to date. Dogbrick (13146) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Bottle from Vinny’s bar at La Crosse airport. Dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Thin sheets of lacing. Aroma of malt and walnuts. Medium body with a roasty character, lots of nutty and malty flavoring. The finish is clean and sweet with more malt and nut flavors. I like it! csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 KC Bier Meisters afterhours party. Red with bronze tints. Light roasty aroma with milk notes and cappuccino. Taste is roast and malty with some finishing hops. Nice balanced finish. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Poured a medium and see through brownish/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and toasted malts. Tastes of toffee, caramel, nuts and toasted malts. Had a light citric quality to it as well. Lively body. delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2005
A sampling from the choice of the three at a cost of $3.50. Again, wish it could have been more than a few ounces so one could discover the life of the beer instead of just the beginning.