YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weak hoppy nose with some malt. Pitch black. Nice foamy head. Malt sweet taste with a dry finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10514) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with a small tan head. Fruity and hoppy aroma that includes some pine and smoke notes. Bitter and a little sour to the taste. A little sweet but almost like a tart, dark chocolate. Creamy on the palate.
Hangover (1086) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Copelands in Atlanta. Served in a frosted pint glass which I thought was just ridiculous. I figured this for a port when I drank it.. slightly surprised it's a brown ale, but I am kind of new at this. Standard coffee/chocolate/smokey aroma, but what really stood out during tasting was TOFFEE... I love the stuff, and it just went wonderful in this beer. I have a feeling that if it weren't for the sub zero temperature that this was served at, I would have noticed a much broader range of flavor. I did enjoy it nonetheless.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very interesting brown ale! Medium tan head hides brown w/ amber tint beer. The tastes are what made this beer (6% ain't bad either!). Chocolaty-coffee, and slight linger similar to a spiced rum (noticed better when less cold). Odd ale, almost poter'ish. Remember to pick up again on cold winter night. ($6.50 ish)
Nuffield (3747) - 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 (12100) - 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.