BlueRidgeMatt (39) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
This is one of my favorite brown ales. Great color, aroma and flavor. Nice nutty tones and roasted malts. Doesn’t have the overly sweetness that some browns have. Very drinkable as a session beer. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
The body is dark brown with deep reddish amber highlights. Sitting on top is a tall thick and creamy beige head. The head has excellent retention and makes lots of sticky lace and lace rings on the glass. I am hit with a big sweet maltiness in the nose. Fresh bready and sweet roasted barley note dominate but there are some hop notes as well sneaking in there too. On the tongue there is a firm medium to full bodied malty sweetness with notes of brown sugar, caramel, roasted grain and fresh bread. On the back end there is a decent hop presence that balances out the big malt sweetness and adds a bit of earthy/leafy bitterness to the finish. The texture and carbonation are right on and keep things smooth but lively and very drinkable.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2010
This is just about perfect for a brown ale. Very strong malt backbone, great mix between the thick, smooth chocolate flavor and the smoky, coffee-like roasted malts. Just enough of a kick of hops to finish crisp and clean. Pretty thick mouthfeel, goes down incredibly smooth, very easy to drink. Pick this one up immediately! Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Poured a 12oz. bottle into a mug.
The color is a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. There a nice large, two fingers of brownish foamy head ans some nice lacing.
The smell is a little hoppy with a nice sweet malt undertone. Some nice toffee flavor with a little of butterscotch and a slight touch of peanut butter.
The taste is a little roasty with a bit of bitterness. It has a nice nutty flavor that was not too strong but just right. The is a nice maple flavor in the background and even has the slight chocolate flavor.
The feel is pretty smooth with a medium body and is well balanced with the right amount of bitterness. A fantastic fall, beer this may be my favorite brown ale rcasta (864) - EL SALVADOR - NOV 2, 2010
are you freakin’ kidding me. this is an awesome beer for an autumn afternoon or for whenever you feel like having one of the best brown ales that mainstream has ever known. cheeesars!
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Medium bodied, mild roasted malts. A good brown ale, not necessarily "autumn" tasting. ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 19C American Brown AleFatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2012
AROMA: Malty-rich aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, and some toasted bread. Slight earthy hops. No esters. 11/12
APPEARANCE: A chestnut/mahogany shade of brown. Clear. Large tan froth laces and retains well. 3/3
FLAVOR: Moderately-high malt palette with caramel/toffee flavors up front and a dark chocolate on the second half. Sweet, but not cloying. Transitions to a fairly strong bitterness that lingers. Hops are spicy/earthy but do not upstage the malts. Faint smoke character. Well-balanced. 18/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation. Soft, smooth texture. A medium-dry aftertaste of both malts and hops. No alcohol presence. 5/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely a California-style brown ale with plenty of hops, but still well-balanced. The use of smoked malt (though probably a trivial amount) is not to style, though. Otherwise it’d be perfect. 9/10
TOTAL SCORE: 44/50
NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.
Poured into a pint glass. Brown with a good finger of dirty-white head.
Oh boy. The smell is amazing. Lots of spice: nutmeg and coriander come through the most. A hint of milk chocolate too.
Super smooth tasting, almost no bitterness. A moderate malt character but not to the point of being sweet. Just a solid, balanced flavor.
Soft and creamy body... almost perfect.
Overall an incredible brown ale. Find some and drink it. MirImage (11) - Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2012
A: Nice coffee like aroma. Appearance: Nice off white head that dissapated after some time leaving a small layer of bubbles over the dark amber/reddish body. Good lacing. Taste: On the malty side with some chocolate notes. Slight bitterness from the malts on the end. Not much hop presence. Palate: Nice Medium body. Good carbonation. Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 10, 2012
Lovely dark colour, good malt body, taste of nuts and bark, very well balanced could drink it all night, one of my fav seasonals