Bacchus66 (765) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2017 FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, drinkable brown ale. Nutty and malty. A bit more body than Newcastle, with a rockier head.
Draft at the NC source. Pours clear medium brown with a frothy tan head. Understated malt, cocoa, toast nose. Coffee flavors with roasted malt, toffee, slight bitterness. Light-medium bodied. Malt finish, dash of hops on the end. (notes, 2015) Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Hard to believe I never rated this until today, yikes - slightly embarrassing, wow. Okay, well here’s the rest.
The appearance was semi-clear brown color with some carbonation rising at a decent pace to hit a nice level finger’s worth of white foamy head. Dissipated fairly slow, some light stringy lace.
The aroma had a super nice blend of nuts, coffee, cocoa powder, bread, cereal grains, and caramel/toffee malts. Light grassy hops with a touch herbal to earthiness shining through.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side initially and then develops some of that bitterness from the hops. But not too much as the malts take the lead in the aftertaste and run into the finish in the same nice way.
The feel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Hop abrasiveness wants to collide with the carbonation but clicks with the projected ABV to create an exceptionally smooth yet balanced intrinsic quality on my tongue.
Overall, what’s not to love with a classic style by a classic brewery. Cheers to whatever time of the year one decides to drink this in. john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2017
Draft. Dark brown in colour. Malty (roast malts, caramel, nuts, chocolate). Hoppy (some balancing hop bitterness). Sweet malty roasty taste. Dryish roast malty finish. Easy drinking. (2008)
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
A traditional northern English brown ale and done very well to style. Pours a clear brown color with a nice fluffy brown head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, toasty and just smooth malty sweetness. Taste is much of the same with the east Kent to provide some balance with malts... Great brown ale! MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
Tried at Craft Beer Market YEG. Sierra Nevada tap takeover Nov 18. Muddy brown with a similar flavour (not in a bad way, mind)! Nutty and malty with smooth caramel malt flavouring. Good!
radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Draft sample as "Appalachian Brown Ale" at their Mills River Taphouse; clear darker brown color with tan head. Aroma notes of roasted malt, caramel and some nuttiness. Taste adds bread, cocoa and light fruity hops. Light-medium body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy with light fruity roast finish. Pretty solid, if not unremarkable, brown ale. brokensail (16601) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
On tap @ Sierra Nevada. Toasty and lightly roasty beer. Some cocoa, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Slight acidity to it, which is kind of off-putting. Lots of bready malt, some caramel, and a light chocolate note. Mildly bitter and overall just sort of grainy. Not their best. willisread (3464) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from old town . Aromas of caramel, almond, toffee and pine resin. Tastes fairly well-balanced: between sweet and bitter. Piney hops stand out more than in most Browns but still pairs well. Nice bittersweet finish. anthony850 (472) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Malty brown ale decent taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone slowrunner77 (12455) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"ok brown, actually a little hoppier than the style calls for, which can be good or bad depending who you ask. i thought it was so/so...i’ve had better, but far worse. worth trying if you like the style. 1/10-really boring when sampled with their other stuff."