Soft-toned smoothie layers peated caramel nuttiness and brown-sugared dried fruiting over cocoa-dried chocolate base. Subtle peanut-shelled hazelnut, walnut, pecan and almond illusions receive polite fig-date sugaring. Toffee hints waver through delicate flow.
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.
Midlevel copper-toned dark lager coarsens roasted almond-pecan-praline sweetness and caramelized maple malting with phenol hop spicing as well as increasing diacetyl astringency. Subsidiary hazelnut, pine nut, and walnut whims undone by oxidized oiliness a tad.
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.
Fine hop-roasted medium-bodied English-styled nut brown session ale places restive caramel-toasted pecan-buttered chestnut surfeit beyond lingered soft-hopped hazelnut-sopped mocha latte sensation. Black cherry, black grape, and black licorice darken sharp corners.
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.
Pedestrian lightweight retains soft buttery nuttiness to nondescript soapy finish. Brewery closed due to fire 2004.
Only a hint of undistinguished malt sweetness shines through bland, inefficient nut brown. Neither dark nor heavy enough, and lacking nutty assertiveness.
Dank grain aroma and unappealing ill-defined metallic nuttiness knock down initial peat-smoked promise substantially. Barley-roasted coffee bittering and astringent plum-cherry smidgen add to extremely dry-hopped mocha-malted finish. Supposed rugged ‘Irish’ styling goes unnoticed.
Refreshingly sweet aroma, sharp fruited malting and nut-grained harshness consume chocolate-roasted front end. But dainty hop moderation, cigarette tobacco dryness and phenol cherry souring spoiled by murky bitter tea finish.