Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Brown in color with a reddish tinge. Fluffy off-white head. Hefty aroma of bread, chocolate, caramel, figs, toasted nuts. Roasty flavor. Lots of caramel and bready malts up front. Maybe just a touch of chocolate. Tiny bit of hop bitterness and flavor towards the end, but it finishes clean. Nicely balanced. Thinnish texture. Low to medium carbonation. Very tasty and a nice alternative to all the Oktoberfest beers that come out around this time, but there are better brown ales out there to sip on as you watch the leaves change. kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 31, 2010
On tap at the moon. Dark brown color, beige coating head. Nutty chocolate aroma, which continues in the flavor with the addition of coffee taste. I didn’t pick up smoked flavor specifically, but it is a complex malt profile. I’d be interested in what they would come up with in a nut brown. GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
reviewed from notes: brown pour with a thin tan head. toasted malt, nutty and very earthy on the nose. sweet malt forward flavor with some roasted notes shining through at the end. thinner beer than i expected but a nice addition to the portfolio. Velkyal (321) - 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. COMRADEJOSH (320) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2013
A nutty aroma at first with hints of chocolate. A smooth creamy mouthfeel for this tasty brown ale that goes down easy and is malty on the palate with just enough hops to bitter it slightly.
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2011
bottle; hazy brown with small beige head; aroma-roasty, molasses, spruce; taste-no real sweetness, moderate bitterness but lasting, moderate carbonation. Interesting aroma, little watered-down bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin-looking light brown with hints of red, and a huge foamy head that falls to a skim over the top fairly quickly. Aroma is quite toasty for a brown ale, much more roastiness than one would expect. The smoked malt throws things off kilter. Flavor is quite malty, with a bit of sweetness coming underneath, and again the hint of smoked malt just seems out of place. Just a bit of hops evident on the finish, very un-Sierra Nevada in that regard. Palate is somewhat thin and watery, with no real carbonation. A nice brown ale that would be better if the smoked malt was left out. craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Poured a deep mahogany brown, almost black, with a decent frothy beige head. Aroma is toast, nuts, cereal, and earthy. Taste is light sweetness, lightly bitter, nuts, coffee, and caramel. Palate is light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2012
The definition of standard. Nothing here stands out at all. Brown ale is a shitted on style, but I usually like it, this is one of the weaker ones though. Creedence (309) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2013
Draught at Bierhaus. Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin white lacing. Nose is really off, smells very musty like the inside of an old wardrobe, with a light (probably intended) fruity and hay overtone. Taste is a big improvement, with a medium sweetness followed by a tart finish - hints of bread, citrus and fig on the palate. Dry finish with a medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, poor as far as Sierra Nevada goes, and very disappointing.