hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Pours a very dark brown with small, off white head, some lacing. Aroma of nuts, roast, and coffee. Taste is more of the same with a barely noticeable hops finish. Medium to heavy bodied with average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
[A] Watery java and nutty aromas. [A] Pours a very thin, weak, watery looking brown from the bottle; sits a quite clear brown into a pint glass. Some tannish head. [F] A good redeemer here, there are some solid coffee and nutty notes. Still not solid enough to compete with the best of the best. [P] Crisp finish. Mild mouth. Drinkable. [O] A little less than what I was expecting. Much less than phenomenal. Quite pissed, as I’m sure this new seasonal will last for awhile, and it didn’t at all impress me. jkbachman (181) - - SEP 26, 2012
Slight malt nose when first poured. Slight chocolate taste with coffee finish. Second sip has some spice notes, but very subtle. Also has a nice hop flavor finish.
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Bottle: Pours a clear chestnut brown with a small tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty with some toffee hints. The taste is just well balanced. The richness of the malts give way to a roasty finish. I wasn’t sure how to rate the mouth feel but like the taste there is balance. It’s on the lighter side of medium. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer and I don’t consider myself a fan of browns. Nice job SN. BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Clear cola brown with ruby highlights topped with a thick khaki persistent head. Surprisingly little aroma detected (perhaps too cold). Fait hints of toast and a very faint hop aroma ... as I mad my way through the glass I began to detect a whiff of black olives ... DMS? A wonderful but very slight smokey flavor coupled with faint toasty malt. Very smooth ... almost lager like. Medium bodied mouthfeel, medium-ow carbonation and no astringency. Lacks the malty robustness of a typical American Brown Ale but I really liked it once I adjusted my expectations. Almost lager like in smoothness . Pleasant non-overpowering malt flavors with just a hint of hops. I really like the touch of smoke. I wonder if actual smoked malt was used or this is just an artifact.
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head. Taste: caramel malt, but overall not very sweet. Palate: dry and a bit of yeast. muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a very thin brown color with tints of red. Nutty and chocolaty notes. Decent for a brown ale. Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2011
A tasty beer for summer. Pours a dark brown with white head and decent lacing. Malty/ light coffee aroma. Bitter but smooth. Nice beer! gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
aroma- roasted malt. pours very dark brown. taste is rich roasted malt, brown sugar (but no sweetness) earthiness, leaves, slight alcohol. palate is carbonated, medium body, good fall session beer! Tanker12 (173) - USA - AUG 17, 2010
lots of malt and hints of chocolate in the aroma. Malt, chocolate and some nuts in the taste with a crisp hop after taste. Very nice beer for the fall.