===Updated Review 04/11=== This bottle straight from the brewery thanks to Joey. 1000x better. No infection issues here.
A lovely, deep brown color with some decent head and retention. Not much lace, but still looks nice. Decent depth on the color too with some nice red hues coming through.
A nice, smooth nuttiness permeates the whole experience and leaves that lingering malty character that one really wants with a brown ale.
Carbonation does feel a little prickly which detracts from a creaminess that I usually need in a brown ale, but it’s not too off-putting.
ABV could drop another % point or so too, but again not much to concern me here.
Tasty, and delighted to get a ‘proper’ bottle this time. Scores adjusted.
Original Review 02/11
Original scores: 4.0, 3.5, 2.0, 3.5, 2.5
12 oz single, thanks to Steve for the chance to try this one.
Pours with a decent brown body and a head that receded quite quickly but did leave some lace.
A slightly acidic note comes off the beer which has me thinking CCB infection again – is it my imagination? The nose suggests a much bigger nutty note than the taste delivers, and once again an acidity comes through to spoil the malty experience that such a brown ale should deliver.
I have no idea if this was one of the many infected batches of beer from CCB, but it seems oddly acidic to me and doesn’t stack up well as a brown ale for me. Another CCB disappointment, I’m getting a little tired of this.