mrjaxson (611) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2016 egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy, mahogany chestnut color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brandy, nuts, sticky caramel malts, charred smoke, and vanilla. Taste of more chewy caramel malts, vanilla, smoke, brandy, vanilla, and light dried fruits, with a fair amount of alcohol in the finish.
In the spirit of accurate sampling (purely scientific, of course), I poured a shot of brandy alongside H-CB to match up similar and different influences. I found them in the aroma (a little) and the finish (the distant end of the ale’s finish with just the slightest of burning). H-CB’s aroma has much more chocolate and plums in it than brandy, though. Couldn’t detect any barrel oakiness. The pour is beautiful and the lacing adds to the attractiveness. Wonderful sweetness that does not overwhelm the taste.Tyranena makes so many great variations on its brown ale and this is yet another. arkurzynski (2456) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Pale brown with orange hues. Boozy brandy with light toasted malt and cocoa. Flavor is light brandy with more toasted malt and light roast. Some lingering heat. AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2016
On tap at Champps in Brookfield. Brown pour, little head. Nose is overripe fruits, and sweet malts. Taste is sweet, almost brown sugar, malty, some fruit. Medium bodied, which for this flavor palate, was disappointingly thin. Some alcohol presence. Finishes sweetly with those great Tyranena malts lingering. 13.7 Carlisle (786) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Draft at the brewery. Pours medium-dark brown with ruby notes. Bread and brown sugar with vanilla and grape following. Some alcohol in the finish.
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Bottle [vintage 2010]... Poured dark brown with a thin forming, tan head. Nose had dark sugars, malt, woody oak, and a hint of oxidation. But that nice level of oxidation of an aged beer, before any wet cardboard came into play. Flavor wise and smooth, low alcohol presence and quite sweet. Dark fruits, candied sugars, liquor, wood, and charred oak. Overall quite sweet. Glad I shared it three ways.
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
thanks hbmason for setting up a killer trade with madvike–12oz bottle-pours a light brown head and cloudy brown color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-brown sugar/molasses, brandy/wood. Taste is sweet medium malt-brown sugar/molasses, brandy/wood, secondary earthy hops. Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2011
interesting beer, thanks for the share, it had a nice colour to it. The beer tasted interesting as well, there was a bit of oak, carmel and even a bit of brandy notes as well. Overall not bad stuff JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle at Dark Lord Day. Thanks for the share. Taste is sweet caramel with light chocolate with a hint of oak. Lighter than I thought. Overall very good beer. Would like to try again. deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured near clear caramel brown with a light brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma had a nice brandy note with sweet grains, caramel and a hint of toffee. Flavor was sweet with cookie, caramel and sweet grains with just a hint of brandy. nimbleprop (8708) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours a translucent, amber brown with a fluffy white head. Nise is malty, sweet, light tropical fruit, apples. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, light wood, caramel apples, malty, brownies. Finish is full bodied but smooth.