enotheque (25) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Really great color, texture, balance of flavors, spice. Everything you want out of a brown ale is there, with an extra hint of spice and a reasonable level of sweetness to hop. Fatehunter (2568) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2012
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
Cybercat (5879) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pours a rich, dark, opaque chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is spicy and malty and has a hint of caramel. Mainly malty flavor has tones of cloves and cinnamon and caramel traces. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a strong tingle as well as a malty and spicy finish.
Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
From a 220z bottle, brown in color,white head,cinnamon,every thing about this brown is great. 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. ronaldtheriot (1952) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler has a thick, beige head and a clear amber-brown appearance. The aroma is sharp, but not strong, and there is a spiciness to it. Flavor is of deep-roasted barley malt, it does have a decent hop bite to it underneath. Mouth-feel is light, and this ale finishes satisfying and refreshing. Overall, this is an outstanding brown ale, even though there’s nothing here I have not had before in this sub-category.
RJT ChainGangGuy (4896) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Appearance: Pours a deep brown-colored body with a medium-sized, light beige head.
Smell: Malty aroma of toast, coffee-scented roast, powdered chocolate, and even oven-toasted nuts. Underlying earthiness. Very, very distant hint of pine.
Taste: Toasted breadcrusts with some burnt edges and liberally dusted with cocoa powder. Light chestnut and dark caramel hints. Medium sweetness. Restrained hop profile, though soft touches of pine bark and dried herbs are duly noted, as is a relatively light bitterness. Slightly drying in its final moments. Brief, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant, easily drinkable brown ale. For the record, I’ve purchased two 6-packs to date, and anticipate a third one this week. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Medium rusty brown with a light khaki head. The nose was malty with caramel and a little bit of pears. There is also some bread crust. The taste has some strong caramel along with some hints of oranges in the finish. it is like fruity citrus flavored bread. Really good and this makes me have faith that browns can be desirable. Excellent.