Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - FEB 18, 2017 VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark brown color with a nice finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Semi-foamy rings of lace form around the glass.
The aroma had some nutty sweet and toasty malts. Some dried chocolate malts and a touch of earthiness and grassiness.
The flavor smoothly enriches the sweet to the roastiness and brings in a subtle bitterness of some coffee beans. Earthy and grassy hops kindly move into the background. The aftertaste blends the sweet and roastiness of nuts, malts and grassy hops. Quick dry grassy finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Moveable on my tongue with an appropriate ABV and good carbonation.
Overall, pretty good brown ale that I could come back to if I saw it. ajnepple (7710) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2017
12 oz single bottle from Total Wine & More - Gilbert, AZ. Dark brown appearance with a lingering tan head and light lacing. Aroma of pine, chocolate, nutty malts, roasted grain, light coffee and light earthy hops. Similar flavor, rich and bittersweet with a light dry finish, a little on the hoppy side. A solid roasty brown ale overall. bytemesis (9720) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Tap. Pours clear chestnut, small beige head, decent lacing. Aroma is roasty, cocoa, hints of ashtray. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter. Medium body. Decent. thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Poured from the bottle in Show Low, AZ. NICE dark red crimson color. Nice head thin lacing. Aroma is nice caramel and roasted malt. Flavor has to be one of the best brown ale I’ve had in a long time. Really nice roasted notes with coffee flavors. Which the bitterness blended nicely. Pretty darn good. rollinsr (868) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 16, 2015
Pours a rich dark brown with foamy tan head. Aroma is dark prunes with light smoked malt. Flavor is smooth with more light dark fruits and some glassy off-flavors.
beerbaaron (1997) - Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Draft at brewpub. Deep mahogany, nice beige head. Caramel. A little nutty. A little metallic. Perfumey. Light body. Watery. Boring I guess.. MarinEvelyn (852) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Very perfumey taste. A little dry, bitter, not my favorite. The perfume like taste just ruins it for me maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a very small head on there. Nose has hints of nuttiness to it, but is not particularly fragrant. Taste is also just a bit sour, and seems like it’s spoiled a bit. Not very good. SlimHabib (484) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark brown with creamy tan head. Chocolate, nut, and coffee aroma. Creamy medium body. Chocolate and coffee taste. rdixon77 (3141) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Forgettable brown. Chocolate brown colored. Nutty and chocolate taste. Slightly bitter finish. Not horrific, but just another brown.