Here is yet another offering from Mercury. Brown ale is really one of my favorite styles–it’s hard to define and often complex, but is usually a good session ale. There is seldom anything too interesting about them, but they’re rarely disappointing.
A steady pour yields half an inch of beige head that is soft and shows some signs of sticking. The color is a deep claret and plum with good clarity but only when held right up to the light. The first whiff is all cocoa powder with a warm alcohol note that comes across as prune and faint earthy odor like wet soil. The mouthfeel at first is a bit tinny; the effervescence fine and active on the tongue. Lacking from the sip is the bold cocoa but the dried-fruit tartness is just evident under the sweet malt that is more roasty than I expected. Widely-spaced lacing hangs like disheveled drapery down the glass but sticks well. The overall finish is a bit metallic but a cocoa-lactic coating persists to entice you to take another sip.