Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Bottle: Kind of a roasty, citrus, and chocolate aroma. Pours a transparent reddish-brown with a small white head that lasts a minute or so. Flavor is roasted malt with some chocolate in there. A little nuttiness, but mostly malty. Light hops in finish balance well with the initial flavors. TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Bottled. Acquired in a trade with joeybgood. Thanks Joe! Ruby tinged amber with splashes of brown throughout. Very "autumn" in color. Small whitish head. Nose is roasted malt, strong nuttiness, light cocoa and faint bittersweet chocolate. Taste is roasted malt and nuts. The chocolate comes through a bit more here. The nuttiness and roasty notes dominate, however. Mild hop character. Body is near full. Decent carbonation. Light bitterness. Finishes with more nuttiness and roasted notes. Good beer! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Bottle. Brownish amber color with a big head that turned into a whole lotta nada. Aroma that seems a bit oxidized, almost woody with some caramel, dough and choc malt. Nice roasty taste with flavors of hazelnut or almond with just a light hop bite. Mouthfeel has a bit of zip to it which can or can’t be just a hop bitterness. Either way, this is a brown ale with a real nutty taste. My critcism is that it’s just a tad too sweet and lacks head retention. Other than those two things, this is another fine NG beer. TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Nice looking amber colored ale with an off white head that exhibits good retention. Aroma is pleasent with sweet malt notes of caramel and raw peanuts. Flavor has the best elements of a brown ale, very nice malt sweetness, very light chocolate flavor, and it does possess a light, dry hop presence that rounds things out. This represendts best of style along with AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown. Tasty. Moments like this are what make beer drinking great. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2004
I found the label interesting. Whereas most often I see people talking about their super-hopped beers with the "malt backbone", the label talks first about the malts and then says that the hops provide a backbone. This is a wonderful beer, though not really what I think of as a brown. A deep copper color, with some lasting off-white head. Rather perfume-like aroma, mild but more effervescent as it warms. Excellent flavors, nutty, caramel, and loads of toasty qualities. A mild bitterness plus a nice warming quality really put me in an aura of enjoyment. I think this beer achieves, as well as any American bottle that I’ve tried, all the qualities that an excellent British cask bitter sets out to provide. This is more carbonated (not intrusively), but it has all the rounded malts and zings and zags in the right places. Simply elegant, and excellent. (My wife really loved it, too.)
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: clear, caramelly-brown color, with a nice, off-whitish head.
Aroma: nice, soft, creamy, a little sweet, but speaks of little else.
No, I speak too soon...in time, more flavor develops in this nose, give it time and the tell-tale nut appears, the aroma fleshes out, yeah, now, it’s working...no diggety...
Good hops right up front, and big, chocolatey malt immediately thereafter...good, substantial mouthfeel, this felt very nice on the palate, great prescence, very nice.
So many browns are meek and mild in flavor and body, so few display much in the way of taste and body, and the Fat Squirrel is a step in a better direction. I could drink a few of these, I could...
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle. Typical brown ale looking. Taste is nutty and malty. Typical brown ale flavor, just done a little better than usual. Slight burnt wood flavor on finish. Quite nice. brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Light coffee in color with a small creamy head. Aroma is of hazelnuts and a bit of chocolate. The flavor is a bit roasty with enough of a nutty finish and a bit of chocolate as to not be cloying. Hop flavor and aroma is subdued , as it should be in a nut brown. The finish is clean and leaning to a bit of dryness PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Pours a deep amber with a white head with minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity and nutty.
Flavor is caramel with some roastiness. The hops are mild, but I think well balanced.
Finishes clean, a very nice brew. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 White creamy average-sized lasting head with good lacing. Browned amber clear body. Milk chocolate stands out in the aroma with some pilsener-like hops and a nice floral feel. Earthy and nutty light chocolate maltiness in the taste, with again some light and smooth bitter hops... probably Saaz. Green olive burp... probably from the spicy garlic chicken wings I had earlier. Nice brown.... smooth and soft.
2006 GTMW; Real Ale tent pour from firkin, cask conditioned and unfined. Hazy brownish copper. Soapy white head. Thin, flatish fruity brown ale. Some chocolate, nice and smooth. Cask beers are great because I can always picture myself slowly relaxing in the smooth character of their body. This is no exception, and a nice beer for a real ale tent. (7 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 14)