Pours clear with a good three inches of thick, light brown foam. Retention is quite good: more than expected, while lacing doesn't exist as the foam is wet a slides with the glass tip.
Aroma is very malt/grain forward as usually expected in a brown, especially English. Sweet, caramel, and nutty. The nut profile is really high but pleasant. Hops don't really come through but the beer seems crisp and clean overall on the nose.
Taste is sweet as expected with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. But the malt is the show. Chocolate and/or dark malt comes through quickly and adds a nice layer to the beer. Caramel, toffee, grain, etc malt.
A medium bodied beer with enough carbonation to tingle the front of the tongue. Drying a bit and somewhat creamy.
My first Brau Brothers beer as I have heard good things about them. Definitely a solid beer that I would have again. Enjoy!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers