Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours a lacing light tan head with a clear, brown body. Aromas of brown sugar, roasted medium maltiness, and a slightly grassy hoppiness. Flavor is much the same. Brown sugar and lightly toasted brown bread with a slightly dry finish. Nice body. Bitterness lasts a while. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Clear sienna hue with a medium size, off white head and good lacing. Sweet, malty, dark bread aroma. Earthy taste of toasty malts, caramel, toffee and a hint of peat. Just enough hops in the aftertaste to prevent it from becoming to cloyish. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel, with a lingering, bittersweet finish. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
12 ounce stubby bottle. Say what you want about Sierra Nevada, but it’s nice to see the company not rest on their laurels in terms of the seasonals and other offerings. This is the first time I can recall them taking a swing at a brown ale. Pours a deep brown with dark ruby undertones that comes out a little bit lighter than the color of Coca Cola. Large bubbly head that goes at least a half inch if not a little bit higher. Moderate lacing. Aroma is all roasted malt, almost bordering on smokey. There’s some dark chocolate fudge notes as well. Smells like a smoked chocolate chip cookie. Light and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream stout. Beer is fairly assertive, bitterness levels are relatively high for the style. Taste is almost all roasted and toasted malt. Kind of has a sourdough toast or toasted English muffin type of taste to it. There’s no real hop character, save maybe some light orange hops in the finish which play well off the chocolate flavors throughout the body of the beer. Solidly constructed, almost like drinking a porter. I like this one quite a bit, and it will be a great autumn drink if and when it finally cools down outside. Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Dark brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, nuts, & some chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, nuts, and hops; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Good overall. rocbyter (2159) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Malt aroma with a light amount of spice. Clear amber color with a medium tan head. Mild sweet beginning with a light bitter malt finish.
vyvvy (6715) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours deep brown with a large tan head. The aroma has a nuttiness reminiscent of pecans, smooth toasty malt, hints of spicy hops and is very clean overall. Medium slick body that has semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts out with smooth rich nuttiness, smooth malt and a light bit of spice. the finish has a bit more spice, but is still smooth, toasty and nutty. Not the most complex beer, but this is really nice and easy to drink. this will be perfect for the autumn days as stated on the bottle. kevd193213 (992) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Draught. Light brown, slightly cloudy pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet hazelnut and malt. Medium body with the taste of brown sugar, bread, roasted almonds with a slight earthy hop finish. Great session brew. TizzleJizzle (792) - Garland, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with great head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted chestnut. Tasted great with hints of smoked and roasted malts. Excellent brown ale! I would recommend it for sure. obguthr (6653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Weak wood and berry nose. Clear cola, thin head, good lace. Berry and twig flavor. Alcohol noticeable. Eh, not all that great. BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep amber-brown color with some caramel highlights a thick, rocky beige head that slowly receded to a frothy layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, nuts, and a little burnt grain. Smooth, sweet entry with some caramel and chocolate leads into a moderately roasty middle that is met with a lightly bitter, dry hoppiness that quickly fades giving way to some light hints of roast and chocolate that linger into the finish. Low carbonation and somewhat thin mouth feel. Overall, this is a decent beer that starts pretty promising and then misses a little bit. A little more hopping would help offset the sweetness, and the palate was a little lacking considering the relatively heavy flavors.