drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2014
10/5/14. 12oz bottle from Exit 18. Nutty aroma, mild chocolate, smells very much like the red of theirs I just tried. Chalky flavor, tannic grains, some nuttiness and chocolate. Meh acaffar2 (40) - - AUG 19, 2014
Tastes like a sour and a brown ale smashed into one. It's tasty, but sort of bland. snoworsummer (5694) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
From a bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours hazy copper brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes nutty, like dry roasted malt, light bitter grapefruit. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet roasted malt. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with creamy beige head. Aroma is toasted and caramel malts, light woody notes, faint spice, faint fig, and faint prunes. Flavor is dry malts, light sweetness, light toast, light bitterness, and faint dark fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. JHeath99 (1678) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma of nuts and malts. Taste of
chinchill (4989) - South Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Beer is clear dark brown but nearly opaque in the glass.
Small tan head quickly reduced to a thin partial crown leaving spotty lacing.
Aroma: Medium malts, toffee, chocolate and a hint of roasted nuts and vanilla.
Flavor: caramel and medium roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. Good sweet/bitter balance.
Mouthfeel: smooth; coarse, medium carbonation imparts a bit of tingle. Medium body.
Overall: the good bottles were modestly better than average nut brown ale; but 2-3 others were drain pours. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2014
I’m currently “on ice,” dealing with a winter storm. Luckily I have beer to keep my company. 12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a plastic cup. When you’re stuck at your hotel you can’t be picky. Nimbus states that this is an American Brown Ale, so I’ll be reviewing it as such.
The beer pours with a frothy creamy head, somewhat uneven. Not sure if that’s my choice of glassware. Color is a deep brown with very pretty ruby highlights. Clarity is difficult to discern but this appears to be almost brilliantly clear, but again with my choice of glassware I can’t say for certain.
Aroma is deeply bready and toasty, reminding me a little bit of a toasted English muffin, topped with a mixture of dark brown sugar and dry cocoa powder. Smells really inviting, actually, with a promise of malt sweetness. No real hop character is present in the nose, maybe something earthy buried in the background. No alcohol phenols or yeast characteristics.
The beer takes a while to acclimate to, as the taste doesn’t really follow the smell. There is a big chocolate note up front, followed by what I would describe as earthy hop bitterness. There is a faint note of dark fruit – raisin or plum – which could be a function of fermentation or possibly dark crystal malt.
The body of this beer is relatively light, and you could even criticize it for being a little bit thin. Carbonation is low to medium – this beer does not have a lot of carbonic bite. I wonder if this was brewed with oats or something else, as it has a little bit of slickness in the mouth with a slightly ashy or acrid (and I don’t mean that in a bad way) finish. Nimbus leans more towards the sweet side of the Brown Ale style, not necessarily cloying but certainly right on that edge.
Overall this he beer balances to the light and sweet side. To me, it feels more like an Imperial Southern English Brown or Imperial Mild ale. Which is okay. However, I was hoping for a more classic example of an American Brown Ale. I’d like to see the body of the beer bumped up a tad. Additionally the hopping could be bumped up pretty significantly, to help balance out the malt sweetness. It’s a pleasant beer nonetheless and I’m not disappointed having tried it.
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Generous rating for a unique brown ale. Good color and caramel aroma and taste. Pretty good overall brew. zoucrew102 (1869) - - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle from BevMo, Phoenix. Nutty, roasted malt aroma with some caramel malt. Pours medium brown with a large tan head and good lacing. Caramel malt up front with some nutty flavors. Finishes dry with the roasted malt coming through strongly and lingering on the palate. Decent brown ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
A clear reddish brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light maple notes, woody, so-so. In mouth, a sweetish nutty malt with no hops, watery, boring. On tap at brewery.