Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, deeper brown colored body with a reddish hue. Thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma has lots of dusty cocoas and chocolate with a lighter roast and some nuts. A hint of darker fruits and a light herbal hop too. Flavor is similar. Lots of chocolates and caramels with a light roast. Nutty with a light spice and dark fruit before this finishes with a light, herbal hop bitterness and light roast. Rich, bold, and sweet while it slowly dries and leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body, very smooth, clean, and easy drinking. Overall, I liked this winter ale. Lots of flavor with a present roastiness that balances well with the nutty, chocolatey caramels. Highly enjoyable. kassner (1659) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2010
big beer with full flavor on tap at capital Ale. Lots of dried fruits, raisens and figs, nuts and roasted malt flavors, no head but some lacing with a nice malt finish noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Dark amber pour, a smallish tan head produces an initially dense but wholly temporary lacing. Resinous nutty aroma. Flavor is built around a semi-sweet chocolate malt base, offsetting bitterness is more nutty than hoppy. A bit of dark fruit, and a bit lactic scuzziness going on. Medium body. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Straight up Brown, or a burnt caramel perhaps, thin spritzy off-white, spotty lacing.   Soft toasted malt nose, seems mildly sweet, minor cocoa and lactose.   Smooth malt base, pale sweetness, minor toasted
malt feel, very low hop profile.   Simple and straight forward.   Clean on the exit.   Lingering malts with a minor cocoa flair.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Pretty solid Brown, not like a lot of ones out here
that tend to be over hopped.   Enjoyable. &bnsp Thanks to the big man Styles for the bottle! Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2010
I got a good dose of the sourness that some people describe--though there were some decent brown ale flavors in there, the overall complexion was dominated by the sour chocolate milk quality. Somewhat thin palate, as well. Bottle.
deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap. Poured a deep clear brown with a tan head. Aroma was full of malty notes (hay, bread, nuts and roasted notes). The same malt notes were strong in the flavor with a hint of raisins lying underneath. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2009 bottle. pours a clear copper with barely any head. low carbonation. notes of coffee, rubber, toast, medicine. tastes more like a bock than a brown ale, who knows. I can actually see how this would go well with a stew or roast, like the commercial description suggests. I didn’t particularly care for this one though. douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2009
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small white head. A sweet nutty caramel malt aroma. The flavor is nice; sweet caramel, rich toasted malts, but some smoky ashy flavors as well. Rich and sweet. Enjoyable. shrubber85 (11385) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle. Sour chocolate milk and ash aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Nice chocolately malt flavor with light ash finish. Very nice beer. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours a clear purple brown with nice layer of bubbly tan head. Aroma is very sweet molases, dark cherries, roasted nuts, and some doughiness. Flavor is pretty light start then a warming boozy bitterness followed by a bit of a licorice doughy fruit flavor. Weird dryer finish. Overall, an ok beer but not fabulous.