Vells (1967) - Rīga, LATVIA - NOV 8, 2017
Superb nose with liquid bread, intense maltiness, toast, after tasting it does get even better with kvass like kick, oak notes. Feels quite intense sweet, but same time balanced. Enjoyed. Stuu666 (15056) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is soapy, coconut, roasted, caramel, taste is sweet toffee, soap, caramel, chewy. Supernova2016 (22) - - NOV 5, 2017
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---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2017
American style strong brown ale aged on oak casks, from this craft brewery in Douglas, Michigan - my first from this brewery. Bottle from Beergium. Irregularly lacing, medium thick, pale yellowish beige head consisting of a dense, creamy ring and some flat 'islands' in the middle, over a clear, deep coppery bronze coloured beer with vermillion tinge under bright light, yet translucent all through - until the sediment is added, that is, because then it turns to a completely clouded, darker, amberish-tinged chestnut brown, with a residue of dead yeast 'mud' in the very end. Inviting, indeed very brown ale-like, yet intensified aroma of freshly baked cookies, toasted hazelnuts, hard butterscotch candy, raisins soaked in brown rum, lots of fig, lots of vanilla-like 'fresh' oak, 'haemoglobin' iron, toffee, candied apple, raw cinnamon, hints of coffee grounds, sweet paprika powder, marshmallows or dried out brownies, very vague dried manure somewhere at the back. Sweetish, juicy onset, candied apple and fig, rounded and very clean with a basic, 'dull' sourishness underneath, residual brown sugariness but also in a clean, non-sticky way; softish carbonation, slick and rather oily, smooth mouthfeel, lighter than what one would expect from a 7% ABV beer. Early signs of spicy hops are already apparent. Develops further into a clean, edgy malt middle, butterscotch-, lightly chocolate powder- and caramel candy-like but nothing overly sweet, instead softly bittered by toastiness that becomes a bit stronger in the end; cocoa powder and cinnamon aspects provide some embellishment, and so does the toasty, tannic, dryish character of the oak, even though in all, it remains rather restrained and only adds its slightly wry character in the very end, where the classic American, expressively spicy and dried grapefruit-peel like hop bitterness has already kicked in. Some of this bitterness, along with the toastedness, lingers after swallowing, in a way reminiscent of raw cinnamon, as well as some pink peppercorns and dried old grapefruit peel; a hint of alcoholic 'glow' is there as well. Remains, in all, very clean, with a rather clear metallic feeling to it. Very malt-forward, caramelly and near-chocolatey beer like any Anglo-Saxon brown ale ought to be, utterly clean and straightforward (for a bottle-conditioned beer, that is), with a classic American hop punch in the end distinguishing it from its British forefathers; in being a 'strong' brown ale, so at an ABV level far above what would be traditional, it carries more aroma and warmth as well, making it a bit more expressive than your "average strength" American brown. What is lacking a bit here, is therefore not complexity, as I do not expect classic American brown ales to boast a lot of complexity; it is, however, the oak aged factor that I am missing a bit. Sure, there are oaky tannins in the back of the mouth and - more expressively so - vanilla-ish oak aspects to the nose, but I think a more prolonged maturation may have contributed some more depth. Don't get me wrong, though: this is pleasant enough, highly drinkable for its strength, sufficiently warming to be profiled as a winter beer and pleasantly cookie-ish as any Anglo-Saxon brown ale, yet at the same time perhaps a bit on the thin and shallow side as well. It was my first strong brown ale aged on wood, and I did expect just a little bit more 'oomph', I guess. Bif (2361) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2017
On tap. Pours a hazy deep amber color with a nice off-white head. Aroma of malt, trace of coffee with hint of spice. Taste of malt, with bit of coffee, chocolate and wood. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth, nicely aged and bit of flair for a brown ale. Enjoyable beer.
rikstar (2607) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2017
0,33l fles gedeeld bij lion. Thee met sinasappel rum rozijnen en eiken to the max met in de afdronk cacao en vanille en een beetje witte peper thegreenrooster (4584) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is some oak tannins with some sweet caramel malt. Flavor is more of a woodsy with none of the sweetness of the aroma. This was not aged in a liquor barrel far as I can tell, this just has a nice woody flavor. A nice example of a brewer doing something different with a boring old brown ale. kassner (1701) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Well the aroma is butter and vanilla and the flavor has an acidic carbonation bite. . Light brown clear beer with some lacing. Msdrbeat (785) - East Lansing, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Pours deep brown but clear. Good head. Lots of wood in the aroma. Very oaky. peponi (2047) - Strzelce Wielkie, POLAND - JAN 23, 2017
Aroma: woody, vanilla, sweet, toasty notes.
Appearance: hazy amber color and creamy head.
Taste: roasted dark malts, roasted nuts, vanilla, woody, chocolate, higher alcohol notes, quite dry.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, woody finish.
Overall: Really nice BA Brown Ale, nice vanilla notes, maybe the base beer should be more intensive.