I brewed a brown ale with a small amount (less than half a pound) of honey on May 28th and here, fully 2.5 months later, (1.5 months after bottling) I am doing a recorded tasting.
Aroma- Dark brown with light tan and ruby highlights. Extremely small head fades immediately into light carbonation bubbles on the surface. Not too impressive looking.
Smell- A lot comes off here but nothing too good. Slight waxiness (maybe the honey?), light fruitiness (too high ferment temp?) some astringent roast and a bit of sweetness. Not what I was going for but the nose can be deceptive sometimes.
Taste- A bit of astringency and a flat, one-dimensional sweetness with a bit of a thin alcohol bite at the finish. This is nothing like a brown ale with no part really coming together the way I would like.
Mouthfeel- Thin with just a small carbonation prick, much thinner than I would have liked.
Drinkability- This beer is light years from what I had hoped. I fear the one month in primary may have been a touch too long for a beer this small and a bit of autolysis has touched this. Additionally the honey seems to have only worked to thin this beer out more than I had hoped. While this is not a terrible beer (it is drinkable without forcing it down) it is not very good and definitely not something I would pay for. All in all I feel that this beer could have used a drop in the chocolate malt and some serious increases in lighter caramels to give it a more rounded character.