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RATINGS: 53   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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3.5
arone12 (932) - 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
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
On cask at Columbia Firehouse. Served in a 3 Lions Pint Glass. Pour yields a dark brown brew that’s 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 wasn’t bad. Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 02-17-2011

3.4
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
Tap. Thick lasting head on dark amber. Quiet scent. Flavour is strong alcohol, sweet malt and strongish hops. Alcohol and sweet toffee finish.

2.9
dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
Draft at Wharf Rat: Poured a very dark amber/brown with a small white head, nose of sweet and roasted malts, flavor is light, of roasted nuts and burnt bread, and a light bitter finish.

3.2
dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Light aroma. Goldish color with decent head. A run of the mill pale in my consideration.

3.5
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD. Pours a hazy brown with a thin tan head that leaves crazy lacing. Big soy sauce aroma with some roasted nuts. Taste is soy sauce, biscuit, major English hops presence, some raspberry tart, big fruit juice sweetness. A bit of nutty bitterness at the end. Drying mouthfeel. 7.5% well hidden. Strange but nice.

3.2
scottw86 (1179) - Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2009
On tap. Poured a dark brown/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is grassy with lots of spice. Taste is very spicy with some good caramel flavors. Some citrus with malts and nuts. Too much carbonation. I would have enjoyed this more, but I thought there were too many spices that detracted from the other good flavors.

3.4
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
On tap at the brewpub on 9/9/09: Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel malts with some nutty character. Starts with some dark malty sweetness and some caramel toffee and light fruity tartness before a drier bittersweet finish. A decent brown ale.

3.5
Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a murky dark amber-brown color with a thin and compact off-white head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Sweet caramel malt in the nose along with a bit of citrus fruit. Medium, smooth body with flavors of malt, toffee and mild hops plus some roasty notes. The finish is soft and malty with a sweet aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.6
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Very well done. Nice dark amber with a good head. Aroma of malt, hops, maybe some nuttiness in there. Flavor is sweet malt with a nice hop balance. Dry finish.


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