KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/5/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The pour is an amber brown with a bubbly white cap. Good retention, with the head eventually fading to strange shaped
Very English aroma - caramel brown malt, peat, some earthy and nutty aromas as well.
The taste follows, it is pretty straight forward. Up front there is some caramel and toffee sweetness from the English malts, with some hazelnut up next, and some full earthy flavors with a bitter tint.
The carbonation is a little bit less than medium. A soft stickiness permeates each sip. The flavor starts sweet and turns a little bit oily toward the end.
This was an easy drinking example of the style.
Bootus (14) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutty smell and taste. The taste is nothing special. Not bad, but not something I would seek out either.
rondphoto (4176) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear medium brown with a good head and full spider-web lace. Odor and taste are dominated by hazelnut to the point that even the bittering comes from the nut flavor. This for me is one of those interesting "look at the cool flavor we added" beers that tastes fantastic on the first sip, but has run out of appeal before the glass is empty.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Clear deep amber color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and not really any lacing is left.
3.5 S: Toasty and nutty with a moderate neutral malty sweetness. Light earthy hoppiness. Quite pleasant.
3.5 T: Again toasty and nutty. Moderate sweet maltiness is there in a perfect proportion, giving the brew some body and balance. Very nice.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Plenty of creaminess, especially for how light it is.
4.0 D: Superbly well rounded, tasty, and with a great mouthfeel. I wish I had a few more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-21-2012 01:11:48
drdisque (775) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours slightly cloudy light brown. Flavor is clear, crisp, and of roasted malt. Not really that nutty. Very quaffable for a darker beer. Clean smooth finish. Certainly nothing offensive but also nothing to make you go wow.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Decent looking beer. Deep transparent amber color. This beer starts well with a nice roasted malt profile - hazelnuts, etc. But then it starts to go wrong. The hops come into the end of it and give it a sour almost metallic finish. I understand that in a brown ale you have to give it a decided hop profile to keep it from being ultra boring, but these hops just dont do it for me.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a tea-like clear brown with a thin beige head that disappears quickly. Nuts, rye and barley with a slight bitterness. Alright.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a light amber color with a minimal off white head. Aroma of hazelnuts and bread dough. Thin body with the taste of nuts, malt and maybe brown sugar. Leaves a slight malty aftertaste but finishes a little on the bitter side.
Ungstrup (35087) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 Bottled. An amber beer with a slight hazy under a thin beige head. The aroma is sweeet malty with light notes of caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with stronger notes of caramel, and a dry end. This is not a brown ale.