thedm (6216) - 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. drowland (8827) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Unfortunately I drank this without taking notes and forgot the details... I do remember it being a bit off and overly sour. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Mahogany with a medium tan head quickly fading to a thin layer. Aroma of diacetyl, nuts and caramel. Taste of nuts, brown sugar, hazelnuts, brown sugar and some not so pleasant sourness. Nasty and off-putting, not a big fan of this one. hershiser2 (3410) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. $1.80 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours brown with a large fluffy tan head. Aroma os sweet caramel and maple. Way too tart flavor... tastes like sour apples... nearly undrinkable. Bad bottle? Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma was roasty with caramel, chocolate and some nuttiness. Flavor was roasted malts, light caramel, nuts, chocolate and a bit of toffee. Meh
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2009
12oz bottle 5/21/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a dark brown with red tints. Aroma of nuts, caramel, and malt. Taste is of roasted malt, raisins, sweetness, and something not very good. This medium bodied brew starts off good but then goes down hill from there. If the nasty flavor on the back end would go away it would be much better. Onslow (1509) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2016 Re-rating 5 years on with a considerable boost to the score.Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear deep brown ale with one finger of dense tan head. Pleasant aroma of sweet chocolate, caramel, a little toast and nuts. Taste is lightly sweet up front balanced with a nice toasty chocolate overtone, transitions to a more nutty taste with a very nice dryness at the very end that really offsets the sweetness. Sweet as many brown ales are, but very enjoyable. Must of had a bad bottle back in 2009....
Original rating 5/7/09:
Deep hazy opaque brown pour. Thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is nutty, caramel, but a bit metallic. Flavor starts with sweet malt, transitions to a hoppy bitterness, but ends on a sour note that suggests decay or spoilage. This hits the taste buds with a mixture of fantastic and awful flavors – and at the end of the swallow it’s the awful that stays with you. Maybe I’d like it better on a winter night instead of a spring afternoon, but right now, I don’t like it.
Bottle: Pours a ruby brown with a thin tan head that diminishes quickly. Has a caramel aroma with a creamy texture and nutty flavor. Good but nothing special. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On tap and served in a mug. A dark mahogany brown pour with a thin, frothy tan head that quickly settled into a somewhat lasting cap. Pretty good lacing. The aroma was mildly roasty and had some subtle notes of caramel and chocolate. The flavor had moderately dry, roasty, chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean and quaffable. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Sampled in Lexington, Va. Very very dark and the taste of whiskey barreling. I dont reallly care for it overall. The aftertaste is a bit harsh.