RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Aroma has a good amount of cocoa with a measure of pure licorice root. The flavor is pure, cold drinking chocolate with hints of hazelnut and a bit more of the licorice root. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2009
brown pour with a medium tan head.
Aroma is nutty, hazelnut in particular over a sweet caramel like malt.
lots of roasted malt flavour. more nuttiness, sweet malt tones. toasty finish.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2009
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, nut, coffee/roast, some toffee/caramel, cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, nut, some caramel, roast, rye spiciness. Medium body, low carbonation. A lot of flavors in here, seems like it’s trying to do a bit too much. Also a bit too sweet. ditch (14) - Dale City, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Poured a deep dark brownish red with an off white small head that faded away pretty fast. No lacing to speak of.
Smells of sweet roasted malts. Chocolate and raisin. A bit of roast coffee.
Taste is very sweet and roasty. Very heavy for a brown ale. Has the brown sugar sweetness of a brown ale and the coffee and chocolate complexity you would normally get from a stout. Finish is slightly the bitterness of roasted coffee beans. There is something off and medicinal about the background. Not quite sure what it is. but it is masked well enough to not ruin this beer for me. A great winter brew!
Mouthfeel is a little flat and oily.
Drinkability is good, but not a session beer. Slightly heavy with the deep pallet.
All in all something worth trying. I’ll probably cellar a bottle of this to try again next year. Let ya know if that helps.
cheers! RHSpartan (6) - troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2009 does not count
Pours clear dark brown with reddish hints. Thin dark cream head. Aroma full of chocolate, fruity esters, and subtle roast. No noticeable hop aroma. Crisp malt flavor with chocolate in the forefront with a dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. A decent brown ale, albeit a tad underwhelming.
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Aroma is roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some smoke, and a tinge of caramel. Appearance is a clear brownish/black with a medium sized tan head that diminishes into a soapy film. Taste is roast, malt, wierd metallic taste like the other said. I thought they were just bashing it, but yeah that metallic taste is there. Kind of a dry finishes with a little lingering spice undertones. Overall, It started out good but went down hill from there. Cheers! jsquire (4489) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Dark brown beer with some cola colored highlights. Thin beige head that shrank to a ring quickly. Nose is very nutty and buttery, with some brown sugar and burnt toast. I get a slippery buttery sensation as I drink this. Some dark buttered toast, toffee sweetness, and a funky off raspberry note that odds an odd tang to this. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Based on the review below my bottle must have been the way this beer was supposed to taste. This is the WORST brown I have had. Finished it is about all I can say....between this and a Diet Coke in the future I will take the diet. joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
although the optimist in me wants to like this beer, with its nutty, caramel, and treacle aroma and chocolatey appearance, the taste is way too sour for my palate, and I’ve had a few of them. All were the same. thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This bottled brew from a rating party at JSquires poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated red brown colored body. The mild aroma was brown malt and Irish Red malty. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of nutty and brown malt. An OK brew just nothing special.