Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The treat for me with this was that I didn't know what style to expect, so when it poured deep dark brown, 90% opaque with strong hints of ruby color (but not that much head from a vigorous pour) I was pleased and intrigued. Too cold and there is little there, so I let it sit a bit. Mild coffee, vanilla, and hazlenut aroma seeps off, but only in trickles rather than gushes. The flavor too is reserved, with more chocolate here and some underlying coffee, rum, and raisin (mmmm...Rum Raisin Ice Cream...now that combination might work perfectly with this beer in a float!), but the flavors simply do not saturate the tastebuds. Moderate carbonation, reminescent of a middle-tier cola, encouraging flavor-palate associations for this beer with a cream soda. I didn't find any alcohol popping up through the malts, surprising me a bit for a beer above 6.0% abv. Long, mild finish, really not that sweet all things considered. One of Abita's better offerings (faint praise?) and average to slightly above-average for a Brown.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
looked great, nice dark red body almost black. With a long lasting tan head. Flavor was kind of light for a brown ale. No really distinctive hop presence to it. Some maltly notes were present, but overall the flavor was light.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
great long lastng tan colored head, lead to a great smooth brown ale with hints of roasted nut and coffe, a bit weak in the after tase and a tad bitttered on the afterthought..otherise a nice smooth aale from a funky little brew co in the swaps of La.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Looks good in the glass. deep brown color, lasting tan head. Some light porter-ish aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, slight roast. Flavors are slight, too. Bitter, spicy finish.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep scarlet brown with a fine, pale tan head. Roasty malty aromas, toasted raisin bread, gourmet coffee shop, dark chocolate, rum and cola maybe? Subtle but wonderful floral hop aroma. Dark caramelly, nutty malt flavors, bittersweet, suggestions of apple/pear fruitiness and copper. Lightish but creamy mouthfeel. Lingering finish with coffee, hops, chocolate bar with roasted nuts, spicy black licorice. Is this a brown ale or a porter? Served this years ago at a beer tasting with a dish of spicy andouille sausage, red beans and rice- Fantastic!
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Dark brown in color with a medium creamy head. Descent taste with hints of coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
raymow (926) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice overall appearance, dark brown color with a creamy white head. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. A good winter beer - I'll have another!
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color with a large beige frothy head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and nut. Flavor is light hop with light coffee, fairly sweet and quite drinkable
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Similar to Newcastle, but with quite a bit more character. The sweet toffee and burnt chocolate tones compliment each other nicely. Hops are just there doing their job as they (hops) in a brown ale should be.
Very drinkable. I will recommend this beer to the brainwashed masses of the macros to lure them into a beer with complexity and character. BTW- I'm glad the beer didn't have the huge rocky head as in the picture on this page that would have taken away from the quality of the beer.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color, slightly cloudy with a thin head. Nice lacing. Malty aroma. Good flavor, but not quite as robust as I had hoped. Similar to a dark brown ale, but thinner in taste, almost watery. Not bad, but not great.