Zymurgeist2 (2246) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Drank this immediately after their pale ale. On draft at a small town outside of Yosemite National Park.
Deep reddish-brown color with a beige head.
Lots of roasted malt on the nose.
Full flavor of coffee and roasted malt. SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
(br-btl, bu/yw-lbl)Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
malty(but not sweet) T1 malty bitter T2 bitter porter T3 & Tf, §cmplx, anytime beer.
Pours brown with tan head. The aroma and nose taste like lite roastiness. Flavor is slight roastiness and sweet sugar. Not much to see here...
baraciisch (3239) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Malty rich flavor, deep mahogany brown in color... Aroma uninspiring... Finish much cleaner than some brown ales, but not as good as the sierra nevada brown ale with its hoppy finish... Average beer. Oscbert (1305) - Lincoln, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
~Pours an amber brown color with diminishing head.
~Sweet roasted malt scent.
~Roasted malt flavor almost coffee like.
~Smooth medium feel. Woodsy malt finish.
~Decent brown. A bit sugary for my taste.
nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle in a mix pack from my sister as a gift. She’s not much of a beer drinker but I applaud her for choosing an Avery White Rascal over a Chianti one time. Oh well. Nice dark brown appearance with a creamy head (in both texture and color). Aroma of walnuts, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor is more of the same - pretty nice - with some fruity notes thrown in. Palate is a little watery for a beer over 5% ABV, but overall it’s pretty solid. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Dark brown with no head. Roasted, nutty, and a little fruit in the aroma. Taste is nuts, cherries, and roasted malt. Very little bitterness. A fairly sessionable brown ale. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of jake65. Thanks Jake! Pours a deep brown, translucent body with a creamy, active, slightly beige head. Nose is almost absent, I suppose if you dig you get some lingering sweetness. Flavor is really where this one goes awry, sour flavor, no sweet malts like other browns. If you can get past the sourness there’s a bit of nuttiness that’s totally overwhelmed. Not even drinkable enough to be a session beer. Something wrong with this recipe. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 2, 2008
Dark reddish brown, roasted malts, nutty, brown sugar, little bready, little caramel. Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
From the bottle, this actually seems more like a porter than a brown ale. It is very dark, almost black, red-brown with a huge light tan head that is long-lasting but leaves only very weak lace. The aroma is like a porter, first grain then coffee, chocolate, brown bread and nuts. The taste us slightly unusual at first but then settles down into a porter-like quality of sweet brown bread, a hint of prunes, chocolate, coffee and a hint of wine. It’s a bit tingly and in the end the qualities of nuts and prunes take over. It’s enjoyable, tasty, and drinkable, but a little on the boring side.