Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2010
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a thin head, aroma is toasted nuts and smoky, not bad. The flavor is smoky, bacon, and molasses, it has a nice roasted character to it, I really like it, bitterness sets in after the swallow. My only complaint is it could have been a little heavier or stronger and not as thin, but I enjoy this much more than the typical anniversary IPA (which this replaced as their fall beer). jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2010
very thin tasting brown ale. much hop and very little choc or malt flavor. asedzie (835) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with medium beige head. Aroma has rich molasses notes, a round roasted quality, buttered popcorn, very mild campfire like smokiness, a hint of earthy herbal hops. Flavor is a very nice balanced smoothness, light roasted grain, a hint of spiciness. Silky palate. Finishes with a very crisp and lightly bitter fruitiness. Just enough malt complexity and hop balance to make a joy to drink several in a sitting. A winner. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2010
This beer pours a dark brown with a thin off white head. The aromas are nuts, molasses and bread. The mouthfeel is heavy and sticky with a light can sugar sweetness. Not a bad brew. Cheers! philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 37 IBU’s. (4.0+ / 5.0) Brown Ale--Fest-Style. Lacy off white dense rich lasting head. Clear dark rich ruby brown color. Roast-Toast floral hop smoke hint front. Zesty roasted dark fruit biscuit toffee cocoa hint tangy earthy malty rich Brown fruit body. Tangy hop spice smoky dark cherry toffee end. Fest Brown. Sampled 7/26/2010. 6-Pack $7.99.
SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2011 Rerate: I’m feeling a lot more hop influence this year, whith a big resine finish, and I like it. more on the west coast brown side of the spectrum, which is maybe what they thought their fans were missing last year. I like it. Original rating: 12oz bottle. Cleam medium-to-dark drowm color with a big lasting head. Lots of toasty malt in the aroma with some fruity yeast character and a touch of dough. Big toasty malt flavors as well with some very light roast and dough. Hops and bitterness are very mild and provide just enough balance to the sweetness, though this is decidedly on the malty side of balance. Medium bodied with a nice smooth texture. I’m wondering if they used an english strain on this, given the round character, but that could also be some SN trickery. Hate to say it, but I can’t see getting this again; the balance is just not quite to by liking, with toasty malt being too dominant over anything else, which bored me pretty quickly. (6,4,6,4,12) nickd717 (5008) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
12oz bottle. The appearance of this beer is amazing. Deep clear medium chestnut brown color with a lasting off-white head and great lacing. The aroma is nutty malt, toast, dank earth, sulfur, and English yeast. I’m not a huge fan for some reason. The flavor is better but still a little strange. I get a lot of burnt popcorn in addition to the usual nuts, caramel malt, earth, and roast. Smooth on the palate with medium-plus body and average carbonation. Not as good as I expected from Sierra Nevada, but decent nonetheless. DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Mahogany. First aroma of burnt chestnut and dark chocolate, as well as bread and dried hay, with just a touch of piney, floral hop character. Roast malt immediately apparent on first sip, with a distinct smoky character and warming biscuit and rye flavors. Piney hop notes in the aftertaste, but overall hop influence is muted and doesn’t distract from the dominant malt, only adding a decent amount of bitterness to the brew. A tad bit of slime on it but it keeps the aftertaste from becoming too short. It’s a little early for an autumn beer but it’s great for cooler summer evenings. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Tap @ OBF... Poured deep brown/amberish with an off-white head. Cocoa, nutty with roasted malts. A slight smoked bitterness. Almonds, light palate but a good bitter darkness.