spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Very light, nutty aroma with a root beer-esque pour and appearance. Watery, "paper" thin body uncharacteristic of other more substantial winter-style nut browns. Flavor is equally thin and lacking of any complexity. Wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2006
12oz bottle. The brown ale style of beer has never been very interesting to me, but this one is another drinkable beer from paper city. It pours very dark reddish with a nutty chocolate smell. I would like stronger flavors from a beer this dark and this expensive. This one was too watery... try the Brooklyn brown if u want the (IMHO) best representation of this ordinary style of beer. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2006
Not much flavor here. Very slight nutty taste with little body and no hops or malt. Pretty awful. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
Mild chocolate, nuts and a light huskiness to the aroma. Clear brown body is topped by a shy white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Toasted and nutty malts along with some mild bittersweet chocolate in the flavour with again a little huskiness that is somewhat offputting. Lasting sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium light body is somewhat watery and astringent in texture with initially fizzy carbonation that does not last very well. Bottle sampled at the MontreAlers meeting, March 2006. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, flowers. Taste id light cocoa, tarte fruit, coffee and a few peppery notes. Very tasty.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) I think these guys do a great job. Seemingly every beer I try from them is above average for the style, and here’s another tasty one I’m thoroughly enjoying. Semi-sweet chocolate dominates the flavor profile, with moderate amounts of nuts, toast, roast, earth, and the finish shows some smokiness. Unfortunately, the nose is a bit off. Not sure what it is I’m smelling. It smells chocolaty and nutty I guess, but even moreso I’m getting grain and earth and something with a sour aroma. Medium body seems about right to me, though I wouldn’t complain if it had a more substantial mouthfeel. Dark brown colored body is topped by an inch of light tan head that settles to a ring, leaving large patches of spiderweb lacing on the glass. I guess this is about an average nut brown ale actually, mostly because some flaws detract from the overall pleasantness of the beer. I still like this brewery though. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle: Poured dark brown with a miniscule beige head. Light soy aroma, a hint of nuts and vinegar. Flavor is malty, light nuts, more soy sauce. Decent body. Pretty full flavored. I kind of like it. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose Chocolate, carmel, sugar, with a yeasty sourdough thing hanging around in the background. Clean reddish brown color with a small head that faded. Bitter roasty flavors, Chocolate and peanuts, little seltzer. Thin body, oily creamy mouthfeel, Roasty bitter finish, Easy drinking traditional nut brown. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad either. eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2004
A creamy, toffee taste. Good beer from an emerging brewery. I also taste cashews and chestnuts. Decent finish. ClarkVV (6759) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2004
2004 bottle. Awesome pour, tons of creamy off-white head, small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, dark and nearly opaque before it settles with burgundy and violet tinges around the edges.
Aroma is light but I do detect some english-style yeast, dry nuttiness and a bit of brown sugar. Did they use maris otter in this? Could be. The flavor is quite subtle, lightly sweet, very dry and yeasty, approaching astringent. As it warms fully, the flavor is a bit stronger with a touch more creaminess in the medium body. A bit too much carbonation towards the end that never seemed to let up. Very low hops apparency, which I liked.