mjmoen (536) - - JAN 6, 2016
Pours a clear brown color with khaki head. It has flavors of nuts and well balanced beercamel (84) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours bright brown with thick head that vanishes pretty quickly. Very sweet aroma and flavor almost buttery biscuit like. Not hoppy at all and very bready. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a nice reddish brown, very clear. A half-inch head of dark tan quickly disappears. Very faint aroma, traces of malt, but nothing to write home about. I wanted more aroma.
Tastes pretty good! Its a fairly tame brown ale, no saltiness like I taste in a Newcastle. Not overly complex, there is a mild hop presence, and good slightly sweet malt. The sweetness reminds me of a roasted chestnut flavor (which I’ve only had once, and they were served with a brown ale glaze - so perhaps I am confusing flavors). A hint of spiciness as well - vaguely cinamon and maple. Very vaguely.
I like the combination of hops and carbonation. Feels good on the palate, but I would have liked it to be a bit thicker. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2003 vintage. No discernable carbonation. Clear amber hued ale having a long-lasting large white head with good lacing. Medium bodied that starts with a spicy, chocolate, toasted candy malt flavors, similar to chocolate-coated malt balls. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. This is a good malty drinkable beer, just like drinking liquid candy. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Seriously one dimensional, this dark brown ale has a strong, sweeeeet, worty aroma. The flavor is a sweeeeet fresh baked bread with negligible hopping to balance it out. Quite a sticky sweeeeet finish.
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2005
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2003 vintage. Bready and malty, low in hops, and not as smooth or as complex as the 2004. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2005
2003 bottle. Nut Brown Ale. Bready malty nose, thin-medium bodied, caramel undertone with a dry finish. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Nice amber ruby color very clear w/ nice thick yet large head. Malt red fruit with light hop nose. Chocolate earth, toast and light hops. Pleasant though not very interesting. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Little light on the flavor... Malty Could be better with age or a little improvement? Not the worst from Schell Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
2003, a brown ale/mild this time out...Appearance: clear, coppery, auburn hue, with a generous, fluffy, creamy head.
Aroma: on the mild side, with sly notes of nuts and caramelly, malty and sweet.
Taste: mildness reigns here. No hops, strong, but not obtrusive malt, and very slim on the flavor and body. There's some nice texture and good mouthfeel, rather pleasant. Nothing sticks out, but that must be the plan, anyway. It certainly does a fine job as a brown ale, and in this role it's utterly irrefutable, but the question remains...If I didn't know that this was meant as an English brown, I'd expect a winter warmer, and old ale, or something along those lines. Not sure why they chose this style as a winter brew, perhaps as a test to create a new year-round? But I'd have been happier with something a bit livelier.