ben4321 (6500) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Shop Rite, 9/7/12
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Aroma: The nose is chocolate and caramel malts, roast, some light smoke, and a little booze
Appearance: It pours a cloudy dark orange-brown color, with a beige head
Flavor: The taste is meidum sweet, malty, semi-sweet chocolate, and a mildly bitter finish
Palate: The body is medium-full, has a little bit of heat, and a soft-to-average carbonation
I enjoyed this one, and thought it was a nice attempt from Widmer. I agree with whomever categorized it as an American Strong, as it didn’t really feel like a classic Brown.
dfinney23 (3268) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Name: Kill Devil
Date: July 28, 2012
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: clear brown, ruby edges, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, earthy, touch of oak
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, plenty of sweetness enhances the rich chocolate, sweet rum, rich raw sugar of malasses, caramel sweetness, hint of toffee, touch of vanilla
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Bottle pours brown with a barely-there tan head. Aroma of rum and brown sugar. The taste is molasses, darker and fairly bitter, less sweet than might be expected. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Mahogony brown beer with a tan head. Rich malt and brown sugar aroma with light rum. malt and light caramel flavor with light rum. Medium bodied. Smooth flavor. Caramel and malt linger with light brown sugar and light rum. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark iced tea brown with a swirly white film a top.
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Aroma: Fruity floral tea, sugar, bubble gum.
Taste: Cola, brown sugar, licorice. Mild hop bitterness. No nuttiness or traditional brown ale notes. Didn’t find anything particularly boozy about the taste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied fizzy.
Overall: Well above average, and exceeded my expectations for a Brown Ale. Widmer along with Karl Strauss try not to go too extreme with their barrel aging, but I would like them to take a chance and make something with some more barrel character, meaning keep the juice in the barrels longer.
YOU NEED TO LET THIS BEER WARM UP SOME! 22oz bottle. This beer pours like a brown should. Not much head. When cold, it smells of rum, way more than it tastes of it. When it warms up, the rum blends nicely with the Brown Ale aroma. Looks like any other Brown Ale, with less carbonation. The taste starts out a mellow rum flavor that unfolds into the brown flavor. Finishes a little dry, prolly the alcohol doing that. The palate is starts out dry and fizzy. The aftertaste is very rummy.
Overall, this beer is much different cold than warm. I didn’t really find it that good before it warmed up some. I am going to try and find another bottle of this to age, but remember...LET IT WARM UP for the best flavor and aroma. Kimbo419 (19) - - AUG 31, 2012
Poured from the bottle into a taster glass. Medium/dark brown in color, very minimal head. Very sweet taste, medium body, not overly carbonated. More flavorful than a typical brown ale and very smooth, probably from the rum barrel aging. Enjoyable, I would drink it again. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a thin tan head that goes away quickly. Intense brown sugar and oak on the nose, tons and tons of molasses showing. Sticky medium body with very little carb. Lots of molasses and brown sugar on the mid palate. Rather markedly out of balance, but not a full blown mess. Long sweet sticky finish. Shortstack (23) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Complicated, rich. Dark coffee color, pleasant bitters; subtle sweet undertones. Light fizziness. Beautiful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #33. Somewhat clear dark brown color with a small beige head. Mild aroma, light sweetness and a bit of toast. Kind of a metallic flavor, a little sweet and some nuttiness. Not much there, drinkable, but the barrel is practically non-existent. (2471)