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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong English Brown Ale. The full complexity of the body offers undertones of anise, hints of sweet toffee and a well-rounded dry finish. Hopped with Challenger, First Gold and Bramling Cross.

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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5781) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2012
I liked this one at first - up front, there is a nice crispness to the malt profile, and a bright fruitiness from the hops - then, through the middle, it starts to get a bit sweet, with notes of fruit, toffee, treacle - not bad, but getting a little less enjoyable - then, the alcohol comes on very strong, especially in the finish, leaving a lightly medicinal notes - starts strong, but disappoints in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5520) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2012
Tap. Pours nutty brown with thin, creamy off-white head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, almonds, floral hops, figs, and light earthy notes. Flavor is malt forward with some supporting dark fruit esters and faint hops; dry, semi-sweet finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2011
This was a very good brown ale with a nice complex flavor. Finishs sweet and hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13152) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Sampled on cask at the NoVa Summer Beer Fest in Leesburg, VA on 6/25/11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee and floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, intense caramel notes, toffee, bitter hops and a bit of smoke. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Sampled at 4th NoVA Summer Brewfest; cask. Pours clear brown with a light, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, toast), light hops (earthy), and light esters (fruity) with notes of peat and smoke. Flavor is heavy malt, lightly bitter hops, peat, and caramel. Light body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Brown-orange, white head. Aroma is caramel, toast. Taste is toast, bitter, woody, caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Sampler at Pratt St. Aroma- some caranel, alittle nuttines, some alcoho thogh subtle. App.- clear copper, med head off white. Flavor- Caramel, toffee. Lots of hops to balance out maltiness. Smooth mouthfeel. A little alc warming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Cask. Smooth, light brown, medium ale. Very soft carbonation due to cask. Nice drinkable ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (928) - Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Tastes a bit like burnt coffee and caramel. Has a sweet smell to it with a tiny bit of burntness. However, the burnt taste was a bit of a welcomed surprise. I like.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
On cask at Columbia Firehouse. Served in a 3 Lions Pint Glass. Pour yields a dark brown brew thats not at all transparent. Thin tan head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings some semi-sweet malt as well as a bit of caramel, brown sugar, and some dry earth. Almost woody. The taste is along similar lines with a bit of sweetness coming through from the malt, but then the backend is comprised of an earthy, woody presence that is oddly bitter and presents itself as almost tannic in nature. Drinkability suffers a bit because of this, though overall it wasnt bad. Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 02-17-2011


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