talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2010
The beer pours a clear, chestnut color with a full, creamy, fluffy, beige head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal lace. The nose is very nice for the style with lots of chocolate, some dark caramels, hints of smoke, some dark toast, it does almost remind me of a crisp fall day in Colorado. The flavor is nice with more dark toast notes, some smoke, dry chocolate, hints of roasted malt, and a lightly spicy, herbal hop bitterness. The palate is less than medium, lively, crisp, and almost velvety but drying a bit. The finish is dry with dry chocolate, toast, and the roast and herbal hop notes actually balancing. Not as sweet as most browns but still very balanced; a nice balance of drinkability and flavor. The thing that I enjoyed most about this one was the fact that it actually reminded me of the fall season; I’m not really sure what exactly does this but something that surprised me. Perfect beer for the beginning of the football season. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours a clean rusty copper with a one finger frothy light tan head. Nose is grain with notes of toast and light caramel. Flavor is rusty and grainy with a toasty Munich malt character, leafy hop character. Palate shows a medium carbonation and low bitterness. dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2010
(24 oz bottle). Pours clear brown/dark amber color with thick off-white head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel, light grass, leaves. Taste is semi-sweet with mild bitterness. Light to medium body with thin/oily texture. Finish is slightly bitter, but pleasing. I was actually expecting more bitterness, but I’m quite happy that SN toned it down. It makes for a balanced beer and one that is easy to drink. I’m not much of a brown ale fan, but I would definitely drink this one again and could make a session out of it. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Dark maple syrup brown with an off-white head - clear up to light with a tinge of red. Subtle nose of of toasted malt, bread and earthy hops. Very well balanced and bold flavor. Prominent malty backbone with notes of caramel, nuttiness, toffee, light chocolate and a solid presence of earthy British hops. Has that classic Sierra Nevada thick, lush and creamy texture to the body with moderate carbonation. Really good brown ale. wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours a clear brown with a off white cap. The aroma is slight nuttiness, macanudo gold cigar, chocolate, all very light. The flavor again is a slight nuttiness, caramel malty sweetness, a touch of burnt bitterness in the finish. Crisp. Well Balanced. Not anything to rave about, but certainly enjoyable.
Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours brown with a big tan head. Roasted nutty malt and chocolate aromas. Roasted malt, nuts, coffee, caramel, and toffee flavors with a bitter chocolate finish. Medium carbonation and body. Nice balanced flavor. Velkyal (322) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours a very dark copper, with a red tinge and a light tan head. Cocoa notes are there, as is a tobacco smell - you know the kind of tobacco smell from people rolling their own, a smell I love by the way, even though I have never smoked in my life. Tastewise, light chocolate with caramel and biscuitiness thrown in for good measure, with a crisp hoppy bite in the background. hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
24oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Bottled on July 8th. Pours a deep brown. Not opaque. Exhibits good carbonation. Two inches of lumpy head forms and quickly dissipates. Fair amount of lacing. Nutty, roasted malt on the nose with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied and just enough carbonation to make the mouthfeel nice and easy. Definitely sessionable. Sweeter on the palate. The roasted, nutty flavors come across after those of semisweet chocolate. This is the best brown ale I have had in a long time. RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
boooooooooooooooooooring. this is one of the most blahhhh ass brown ales i’ve had all year. pass on this turd unless you’re just desperate for a session beer and have no other choices. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pouring crystal clear, with a deep crimson-mahogany color, the body supports a small, fading head of smooth, beige tinted foam. Minimal wet lace spotting shows on the glass. The nose is simple and straightforward, showing notes of toasty-sweet caramelized grain, dried brown sugar, and rye bread crust in the malt base. Hops are mild and floral, lending just a touch of edge to the malt dominant profile. Flavors are largely the same, again very toasty and malty, with nicely roasted and caramelized grain malt, along with a toasted nuttiness and soft, earthen hop bitterness on the back end. It’s nice and dry, as the bready yeast has eaten up a good amount of the malt sugar. The palate, as mentioned before, is dry, almost chalky. Carbonation is moderate, but it tends to drag across the tongue. Overall, it’s a pretty solidly made brown ale, but it’s not all that interesting.