bnoel09 (588) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Poured into my Newcastle Geordie Schooner glass. Even a slow gentle pour of this results in a ridiculous amount of head. Dark ruby brown with a tan head that extends above the glass. Aroma is hard to judge since its being filtered out by a 3 inch head, but I get a little nuttiness and chocolate malt. Flavor is mild nuttiness with a touch of chocolate and some metallic undertones. Medium bodied with lively carbonation (as if anyone wasn’t expecting that based on the head...). I was excited about this beer because I used to have a coworker that raved about it and this is the first time I’ve found it, but this was just OK. Definitely tastier brown ales out there. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Mine came exploding out of the bottle but after that it was pretty good. Dry, coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel. Nice bitterness and sweet combo. Slight infected sting which took away from it’s smooth character but almost made it a sour brown. I know my description of it may sound horrible but it was very good. I liked it. sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Poers a darker redish brown, this one had a huge head. The taste is a bit sour withroasted coffee and hints of chocolate followed by a bit of bitterness. Very carbonated. JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Draft. Light brown with a light tan head. Caramel, lightly roasty, nuts, and a bit of chocolate. Not bad for a brown ale. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Poured into a glass from the bottle. Aroma is pretty weak. So flavour naturally is also mild. I did detect some roasted malt and chocolate. Palate is more silky like a oatmeal stout. When compared to oatmeal stout, its pretty good, as a brown, its ok. But ehh, downtown brown is better.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a brown body (medium clarity), tan head that is quick to fade. Aromas are of chocolate, nutty, brown sugar, fudge, leather, and a bit of metal. Flavors are nutty, tobacco, a bit husky, chocolate, roasty. Astringent. Medium bubbles and body. On the drier side of things. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Draft @ Snowshoe. Pours a deep, clear cola color; solid, fine-bubbled off-white head. Pleasant caramel and softly roasted malts in the aroma; just enough mineral/earthy bitterness. Medium to medium-light body; modest CO2; like their other staples, very drinkable and, maybe, just a touch undercarbonated for the style but not inappropriate. Chewy caramel and (again) lightly roasted malts; along with a basic earthy and mineral bitterness; clean fermentation (just a bit of red fruit), very drinkable; could easily pound this. Medium-length finish: caramel, toasty roasted malt, light chocolate. marcus (10470) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Pours pitch black with an attractive tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a nutty roasted malt flavor that is a bit thin with burnt toast finish. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 3, 2011
Clear medium brown with a creamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel notes. Tastes of nut bread with a caramel finish. slowrunner77 (12455) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 what the... this, IMHO, was their best brew, and i’m surprised at the low scores. one of the best, most flavorful, rich browns i’ve had in a while. tasted bigger than it’s 5.6%. roasted malt, chocolate. well done."