Inscrutable moderate-bodied nut brown ale lacks specificity. Blatant diacetyl oiliness and phenol hop astringency deplete honey-roasted peanut, hazelnut, walnut and coal nut drift as well as mild dark toffee creaming, brown chocolate smidge and light vanilla snip.
Ashen dry-bodied walnut char infiltrates blackened hop bittering, mild black chocolate malting and recessive black coffee niche. Blackstrap molasses, hazelnut, fig and date suffocated by burnt toast astringency.
Passable English Brown Ale bottled for upper New York’s Ellicottville Brewery by Southern Tier. Hop-charred grain-toasted peanut-shelled cocoa bean salience above dry earthen astringency affects scant hazelnut-pecan-cashew influence, oaken vanilla acridity, and ashen chocolate malting to marble rye spine.
Blunt medium-bodied amber-grained autumnal brings fresh-roasted kiln malting and wet-leafed hop bittering to dreary brown-sugared chocolate-smoked coffee nuttiness. Diminished peanut-shelled hazelnut-pecan-walnut simmer drops off to earthen peat herbage. On tap, dry Brazil nut bittering counters distant maple-sapped hazelnut chocolate sweetness as interceptive dirty-grained hop-roasted astringency beckons.
Hop-roasted brown chocolate frontage of robust full-bodied bitter leads molasses-sugared hazelnut procession atop sooty wood-burnt earthen peat bottom. Hints of cigar ash, tobacco leaf, loose twigs, and charred walnut lie in the balance.
Strong maple-sapped hazelnut-pecan harmony distinguishes wonderful full-bodied amber-hued brew. Its peculiarities work for it instead of against it. Perhaps its creamy vanilla finish separates this from all other nut-related competitors. Bitter fruit, mineral grains, and butternut perfectly accessorize sugary caramel sweetness. Not only an excellent dessert drink, but world class in distinction, originality, and most importantly, flavor. It’s a shame this home-brewed award winner went the way of the dinosaur in 2001.