sloth (2968) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Medium statured offwhite head, good retention and a fair lace. Clear amber/brown color. Faint nose of chocolate malt and smoke light roast, mild nuttiness. Med/light body, nice carbonation, a touch chewy. Dry malty flavors, caramel, light smokiness and nuttyness, lightly grainy, toasty, choco hints and a bit of hop spiceyness. Quick, clean finish, dry and toasty. Bottles procured @statelineliquors. RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2010
12oz bottle poured into a Dimpled mug at 42°. Color is a deep amber with good carbonation and a nice head. Aroma of roasted malt and hops. Body is a lighter medium with a smooth mouth feel that seems to give way to a sharper feel on the end. Flavor is roasted with a nutty flavor and mild hop bitterness and spice. After taste is clean with the bitter fading out quickly. Overall its a very nice Brown with an extra hop kick. bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle. Dark ruby brown with beige head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel, spice, grass, maple and brown sugar. Flavors of toffee, toast, pine, peat and herbs. Finish is wet yet chalky. Medium-thin body with chalky mouthfeel and lively, soft carbonation. Smells wonderful but flavor is not. Not a good drinker nor a good sipper. Leafs93 (2344) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
POurs brown with white head. Aroma is chocolates, roastyness and dough. Taste tracks along the aroma with a sweet finish. Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat sticky. Another solid by SN, nice for a cool evening in Philly. Pwn3d (1958) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A solid little sucker of a beer. Nice nutty, oatmeal, and lingering hop flavor. Not super full bodied but it’s a victim of the style. A damn good brown ale.
unclemike (3206) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Brown ale with a reddish hue, healthy carbonation and a light brown head that leaves behind a nice, thick frothy lacing. Hoppy malt aroma and a flavor just as hoppy with a nutty finish. The hops dosage and a hint of smoked malt gives this brown a really great autumn ale.. joebudzjoe (677) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Draft at Monster B’s. Served in a pint glass, this beer has a classic dark brown ale color. Nutty, malty with noticeable fresh hop flavors, this beer has a faint cola note with it. This beer leaves a gritty residue on the tongue that is quite pleasurable. While this is a bit on the watery side, it makes it enjoyable for multiple pints. Quite comparable to Dogfish Head Brown Ale and other top brown ales. My only complain is that this beer has a strange tree barky after taste. One of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma is a bit of malt, maybe some chocolate, a hint of hops. Flavor is pretty boring. Generic "ale" taste, not bright, not super malty, not much of anything. Pretty boring. skylercampbell (26) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle from a 12-pack - all of them came out the same. Taste is dry and very roasty. Beer seems like someone "messed up a stout" by forgetting the Chocolate malt, or something. Overly carbonated for the style, and the mouthfeel was more like that of a pale ale than an autumn brown ale. Sierra Nevada really missed the mark on this, replacing their finest beer, Anniversary Ale, with the worst beer in their lineup. I really hope this one goes away or gets fixed - it should have a smoother malt backbone or an interesting hop aroma, but it just tastes like cheap beer. I’ve been adding hop oil in the glass to make them taste more interesting. brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a nice deep, rich brown color with a solid off-white head.
S: There is a weird aroma to this beer. Roasted, almost burnt, nuts, sulfur, butter, toasted malts, and a mild sweetness.
T: Immediately there is a noticeable astringency to this beer. Burnt and bitter nuts, slight sulfur, and a bit of toffee and caramel sweetness.
M: The body is slightly watery and thin, with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: A really disappointing effort from a brewery that is nearly bulletproof. And it’s even worse because it is replacing a solid offering.