Anova167 (383) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Brownish red opaque. Smell is all malts and fairly roasty. Flavor is much like a porter, yet fairly uninteresting. Decent. DarkSong (381) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper brown color with a large off white head. It has the aroma of malt, caramel and a little spice. This beer is wonderful. It’s very malty. It tastes of smoke, it has a woody taste and has a little bit of a resin taste. I’ll look forward to having this one again.
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly transparent brown amber...ample, off white head.....roast malt chocolate taste with with toffee as well. Very smooth roast malt taste.....serves the style well. Was deceptively strong at 5.5% ABV. This one is a new favorite from Sierra Nevada. 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. LesArgen (373) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2011
This pleasant offering form Sierra Nevada is much subtler than the colour would suggest, particularly on the nose. It’s a lovely browny/ambery colour in the glass and has a little bit of malt and citrus in the aroma. The taste has some coffee and malt, with a lingering, mildly bitter finish.
scotchzi (372) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Medium dark body with light tan head poured from a bottle. A little bit of a sweet roasted malt aroma. Alright taste fairly semi sweet chocolate beginninglasting dry roasted finish, with an odd nice lasting moutfeel. jehoesefat (372) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Nice malty, chocolaty aroma. Pours clear dark bronze with a thick creamy white head. Good malty flavor, very refreshing. dekester1 (370) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Poured a solid brown with a medium head that quickly faded to lace. Aroma was of slightly sweet malts and hops. Taste was similar with hops pervading throughout. Mouth feel was decent but nothing spectacular. Overall, this was decent, but like other brews from Sierra, the hops totally dominate. It’s kind of like, I’ll take a little malt with my hops. ozarkspops (368) - - OCT 24, 2013
Very clear brown bet pour. Thick sustaining khaki head. Great sweet malty aroma. Toasty. Mild roast. Caramel. Smooth balanced flavor. Not overly malty. Still light and balanced with mild bitterness. Finishes crisp, clean, and sweet.
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The beer pours a nice brown, dark orange color and with a progressively aggressive pour gives us a nice off white two finger head. The bubbles are tight and you could definitely float a bottle cap on this head. The initial aroma comes off as smokey, with a hint of nuttiness and some caramel that maybe playing off of toasted notes and almost producing a rasiny fruity note. As it warms, the aroma changes to a much more nutty/toasted malt note. At the front of the palate, the beer has a nice soft carbonation that rolls a hop bitterness into your mouth. That initial hop bitterness gives way to a nice nutty, toasted medium bodied mouthfeel. The finish gives way to a mild bitterness that is reminiscent of cocoa and traces of that early smoke. There is a definite slight sweetness to the beer that can be found on the lips as the beer dries to them. Also for a 5.5%ABV beer, there is some nice lacing on the glass. During the final sip or two I noticed that the smoke came back nicely in the nose and played very well with the nuttiness.