pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Brown with a reddish tint, creamy long-lasting light brown head. Caramel malt, chocolate malt, some rye and raisin in the nose. Medium-bodied, softly carbonated. Caramel, chocolate, raisin in the flavor. Finishes clean and dry with some piney hops to balance. A flavorful brown ale. Above the ordinary. Would drink again. pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Bottle. Attractive, deep color, nice tan head fades to thin heady film. Strong smell of prunes, plums, raisins, red wine, date bread. Nice balance of bitter and sweet. A little thin on the tongue. Very drinkable - and a crowd pleaser, I’ve found, if you’re with people who want to drink better beer but aren’t yet into the more advanced stuff. jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Pours a clear brown with very little head.. Aroma is a touch sweet with subtle spicing, creamy malty vanilla... Sweet caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits dominate the flavor with subtle spicing underneath, no real american hops... not very lively, almost a little boozy for 6%, has a wine like fruitiness, a slight bit of rye spice michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, light caramel, and milk chocolate. Poured brown/deep amber in color with a small, tan had that disappeared except for around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, light caramel, and burnt grain. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate and caramel finish. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Dark brown with a fizzy off white head. Sweet malty caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain aroma and taste with a sticky palate and a malty finish.
frozen_glass (52) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Interesting aroma, with the roasted notes and hints of caramel. Very dark brown color traps almost all light, everything that gets through leaves a nice sunburst effect. Combined with the white head, the appearance matches the thematic color scheme established on the bottle (brown log cabin surrounded by white wintry landscape). It’s got a fizzy feel to it on the way through. The taste is a bit unbalanced, with some bitterness, and then an astringent kick at the end that’s fairly unpleasant. Overall, this beer, though highly recommended to me, failed to meet any standards or expectations I might have had for it. The first one was an understandable mistake, but I’m not sure why I gave it a second chance. Tessic (1251) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
This brown ale poured an almost black colour with a big, creamy, tan coloured head. to the nose there are scents of molassass, ripe fruit, coffee and roasty caramel. First swig was full flavoured with a slightly burnt sweet malt flavour, nutty, molassass and slightly sweet. finish was roasty with sweet roasted malt flavours lasting indefinatly. Frank (4260) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
This is an excellent brown ale w/ some very minor flaws. It pours a nice, deep red brown color w/ a small head. The nose is the best part: a rich, roasty grain character predominates w/ some subtle earthy touches in the background. The texture is light but w/ gentle, creamy carbonation. The earthy notes grow a bit too strong and give way to a very slight metallic flavor. A bit of sweetness balances the bitterness that lingers in the finish. Alcohol is strangely present for a beer of only six percent strength. Overall, anything funny about this is overridden by the good qualities. keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Very nice brown in the traditional style. Malty backbone in the aroma from a dark brown pour with a thin head. The flavor is very malty sweet with a nice bit of smoke. A bit of hops come thru making it a nice dry finish. Quite nice.
Finhead (1848) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
A cola-brown pour with amber edges and a tan head. It has a roasted nut aroma with hints of caramel and black licorice. The body has a soft, almost creamy, texture with average carbonation. The taste is sweet from start to finish.