Bulk_Carrier (4729) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Sly messy lacing.
The aroma lingers towards some nutty to caramel/toffee malts flowing over some enthusiastic earthy to grassy hops, sly bitterness.
The flavor leans malty sweet with the hops making an effort to balance. Dry malty sweet aftertaste leading into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Low carbonation yields to a mild smoothness to it.
Overall, good brown ale that I would have again.
robinvboyer (4407) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, sold as just Brown Ale.
Quite a nutty aroma, toasted almonds, and some sweet pine resins.
Flavor is quite nutty, and toasted, with a nice pine bite. Nice brown ale!
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at Flatbread. Clear brown/amber with a small off white head. Aroma is almost non-existent, which I thought might be because I had their IPA first. Taste is bland, grainy, but not enough caramel character. Finishes lightly sweet.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear mahogany body topped by a medium off-white head with low retention. A little leather in the aroma does not suggest anything memorable. The body is well malted but it is full of flavourless boring “all-bran” cereals. None of the “brown” stuff I expect from a Brown Ale except for the color. Inexpressive hops in negligible quantity. Dull. I feel bore, I feel bored, so bored, so bored, cause I’ve got you… woo!!
TaktikMTL (7411) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût. Verre de dégustation chez American Flatbread (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux beige avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #968)
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
The light caramel maltiness and its adjoining peachy fruitiness do not point towards what you’d expect from the announced Brown Ale moniker. The lack of nuttiness and caramel depth disappoints as the drinker slowly realizes he’s drinking but a balanced amber ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the dark amber.
-Rather carbonated, the lack of brown ale maltiness is obvious.
-This is very drinkable, but also unmemorable.
-This is either their first attempt at a Brown Ale, or a Brown Ale angle I’ve never encountered before. In any case, they’ve brewed much better here.
On tap at the brewpub.