Holdwine (1239) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2007
A winner. Root beer pour with decent carbonation. A wonderful malty character. Sweet and nutty. And yet they manage to slip in a nice hop snap. Easy to drink. obguthr (6734) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Very dark color for a brown ale. The pour produced no head despite my best efforts. It had a pronounced and delightful aroma, more typical of a stout. Unlike a stout however, it was not heavy or thick. It bears quite a resemblance to Sam Adams Black Lager, which I rated recently. The flavor is much more smoky and finishes with a nice hop kiss. I was very pleased. Brewed locally, I can get it in the local Farm Fresh grocery store. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Amber brown color. Moldy cheese and maple malt nose. Slick and oily up front, more coarse grains in the finish. Flavor of maple, bacon fact, light wood. An OK brown ale, nothing spectacular. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Deep brown appearance; small, off whte head and light lacing. Roasted malt aroma, some dark fruit, and layers of chocolate. Chocolate malt taste with modest sweetness, some characteristics of pine nuts; hops more noticable as it finishes. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Dry nutty aftertaste. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2007
I found this to be a malt forward chocolaty brew, which is not what I was expecting based on the beer’s description. The hops were faint, but nonetheless the beer is enjoyable and well crafted.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours blackish ruby with sizeable beige head. The aroma is caramel, a hint of licorice, a hint of molasses. The flavor is caramel and burnt sugar, mixed bar nuts, and light syrup. The finish is clean and sweet, with a touch of earthy hops into the aftertaste. Not bad, really. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown and lite brown head. Nutty aroma and taste of malt and chocolate with bitter after taste. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Poured a deep reddish brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, chocolate and nutty. Tastes of toasted malts, nuts, light caramel, with a bitter chocolate finish. stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Nice dark brown body. Aroma was a little metallic. Nutty, very similar to their porter but without the chocolaty taste. shrubber85 (11666) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle. A very nutty malt aroma. Dark opaque brown with slight head. Smoke and creamy nutty malt flavor with moderate lemon hops finish. A good brew.