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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Offered from January 15-through May 1st. This ale has the perfect blend of caramel & chocolate malts, which creates a smooth, nutty palate with ample additions of Willamette hops for their spicy aromatics.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - MAR 28, 2011
12 oz..bottle. pours a see through brown, off head. nose is dry roast lightly sweet. taste is boneless roastiness, lightly nutty, carmel malt and semi-sweet. nothing to offend here, meh.

Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017
From Feb 2008 I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John! It pours from 12oz bottle a deep brown/amber with a good 1 finger head of offwhite foam...good head retention for the entire session. The smell is of roasted malt and some caramel malt and some citrus(?) but it's on the light side. The taste has a good roasted malt kick initially but then it takes a turn towards more of a burnt malt character and I'm not finding that too pleasant. In the background, there's a bit of a citrus thing going on that also isn't contributing positively to the flavour. The mouthfeel is light and it finishes slightly bitter but right near the end, watery. This is not a particulary good example of the style but I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Mild stringy lace. The aroma was nutty, caramel, chocolatey, and a touch of honey. Subtle crisp spicy hops at the end. The flavor blends the sweet to the nuttiness and shapes in some of the spiciness to round it all out. Nicely blended aftertaste of all of the previously mentioned tastes. Smooth nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Good carbonation and the ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty good brown ale, thanks Steve.

wlajwl (7201) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Aroma is fruit, nutty malts and a hint of maple/honey. The flavor is nutty malts, fruit, a hint of dark fruit/tobacco and a slightly tart/mostly smooth finish.

MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ mini snifter ][ 05.01.16 ]
transparent amber, thin white head oily cap and great lacing. Watery brown malt nose, light pretzel and dough. Front palate is malt heavy, sweeter mid palate before dry end, more malt but watery carbonation.

nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2016
12oz bottle pours a clear brown with some clumpy, white head. Nose has caramel, almond skin, malt, a little cookie. Flavor is sweet, chewy malt, mild nut. Dry finish.

GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting. Clear golden amber with beige head. Aromas of caramel, corn. Tastes of caramel, corn, light vegetal notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle pour at the May 1st DC Tasting. Poured an almost translucent brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was very thin malts, light nutty notes. Flavor was nutty, light toasted brown. Thin.

Iphonephan (7474) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2016
From a bottle at the DC gathering May 1, 2016. Pours a clear mahogany with an off white head. Nutty nose. Flavors of cardboard and grain.

Travlr (26406) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle. Clear golden amber color. Aroma of toasted caramel. Taste is burnt caramel.

IndianaRed (5121) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle Pours a clear redish brown. Thin quick light tan head. Malty nuttiness and a smith palate. Quite nice. The 4% ABV is also nice.

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