SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Draught. This is a very respectable brown. Subtle sweetness that is in no way overbearing and balances well with it's hops. It ends with a dry finish. Nice beer.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at 11 Madison Park, New York. Dark attractive beer with a large beige fluffy head. Poured just as you see it in the picture. Unusual tasting beer with plenty of flavours on offers. Blackberry and raspberry flavours, supplemented by chocolate and bitter hop structure. Really enjoyed this beer on New Years Eve.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet caramel smell. Sweet, yet mellow, caramel taste with a cool, smooth expresso-like quality. Rich but not overbearing. A well-balanced beer. A perfect match-up for Pulled Pork and Collard Greens!
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malty nose, very dark brown, light & bubbly off-white head, huge malt profile, hint of hops in the finish, medium in body, smooth, decent brown ale
pivo (2632) - GERMANY - DEC 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light pleasant nose - non descript, dark dark brown color and low tight frothy head. Light caramelly malt body. Thinish. Is that a little butter in there? OK beer.
YogiBeera (2545) - 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 (10785) - 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 (1092) - 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 (3836) - 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.