KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
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
Nutty smell and taste. The taste is nothing special. Not bad, but not something I would seek out either. rondphoto (4383) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2012
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
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 (828) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
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.
weihenweizen (3731) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Refrigerated bottle poured into a shaker. Pours clear light brown with half finger off-white head. Very thin small bubble lacing, medium body, low carbonation, and roasted malt aroma. Taste is roasted malt and nuts. Better than average brown ale. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2012
12oz bottle, thanks to Jay. Good nutty and chocolate aroma. Hint of olive bread. Soft moderate carbonation. Medium body. Light bitter, sweet taste. Clear brown color. No head. Solid brown ale, good to enjoy with lunch ShawnC (76) - - OCT 18, 2012
Clean nose with slight grassiness and hint of sweet malt on nose. Mouthfeel is a little abrasive up front with a surprisingly creamy finish. The finish reminds me of a white whiskey. A small sharp punch of alcohol, not quite boozy but a clean almost vodka like minerality. Malts don't stand up as much as I would expect for the style. Kinda like a Belgium pale ale. Finish is confusing in a good way. Pretty good.
---That dog will hunt! WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2006
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
Bottle. Pours a tea-like clear brown with a thin beige head that disappears quickly. Nuts, rye and barley with a slight bitterness. Alright.