Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Dark brown but still a little clear. Tan head and a sweet aroma. Sweet taste with a hint of oak and a little alcohol taste. Very smooth considering the alcohol content. More of a dessert beer than one to drink with dinner. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with tan head. Aroma of maple, brown sugar, woos, hints of rum, malty. Flavor is much the same with a nice sweetness and alcohol spice. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, very pleasant brew. Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Draft. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy wood, dark sugar & toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded. Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
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. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark iced tea brown with a swirly white film a top.
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 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 can really taste the molasses and rum on the finish despite the front being a smooth brown ale flavor. Good beer but not amazing jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2012
22oz bottle in an English pint. Pours brown with a fluffy, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel and a little chocolate from the malts, rum, molasses, and floral hops. Flavor a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A pretty good beer. BrewMoose (83) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2012
22oz bomber. Pours with medium head. Sweet aroma. Slightly alcoholic with molasses background. Tastes like black run and English brown ale. Some diacetyl present but acceptable for the style. Finishes with alcohol warmth and maltiness.
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Bright red/brown pour with a short tan head. Pretty spicy on the nose with licorice and toffee. Tastes a lot like Christmas: dates and spice. Finishes really quickly. Fatehunter (2561) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Poured a finger of tan head on a dark brown body. Looks great.
The aroma is wonderful: molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and brown sugar.
The taste starts off lighter: vanilla and nuts. Then moves to a sweet profile: brown sugar, malty and a black licorice and alcohol heat finish.
The texture is a little sticky with low carbonation.
It’s a great beer and interesting... but at quite a price.