Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This deep red beer is topped by a thin light tan head. The nose is very chocolatey and somewhat earthy/yeasty (reminiscent of an English porter). In fact, the body is along the lines of an English porter, too- this has a nice chocolatey matrix, with yeast and tobacco notes as well. Has a somewhat acidic, tangy aftertaste. I agree with previous reviewers that this beer is very thin-bodied and needs a bit more "weight." However, I enjoy the flavor. This may be the bastard stepson of Fullerís London Porter. I hear jeers and outrage- Iím not claiming this beer rivals Fullerís, but it does have the same flavor characteristics.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brown/black in color. Very small tannish head. Very thin, almost watery palate. Would not drink if better alternatives were available.
hershiser2 (2013) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown with an awesome head. Smells of slight coffee and caramels... nice, but kinda ordinary. Taste is thin and... well.. milklike. Aftertaste/feeling is more like having just had a White Russian than a beer. Where I enjoy a White Russian from time to time, I donít care for my beers leaving that aftertaste.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Thin off white semi-dense head. Dark garnet in color, almost opaque. Notes of straw and a very light coffee/roasted taste. Strong after taste of coins/blood. This beer is not good on its own, but it may go well with food.
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and thick. Almost liike drinking whole milk.
Head doesn't last long.
Simple flavor of toffee with slight aftertaste. Much like a "nut brown" in many ways, but without the nuts.
Poop brown is the best I can describe the color. My mom drove a Ford Pinto this same color. I like my beer with a little more red coloration.
For being one of the cheapest beers at my local liquor store it's suprisingly good. That doesn't mean I'l buy it again though. Not bitter enough for my pallet (I like balance).
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 How is this a Brown Ale? Looks like a Schwarzbier with it's black color and thin body. There is nothing to this stuff. Foams in your mouth like a rabid dog. Total Draino.
sloth (2794) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small light brown head, minimal retention. Great looking clear chestnut color. Slightly sour, malty nose. Medium/light body, sorta watery. Malty, chocolatey notes. No hop flavors to speak of. Finish is fairly dry.
worldleadr (56) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is bizarre. It's purplish, and smells and tastes like grape juice beer. Surprisingly alcoholic, and surprisingly good. But the novelty wore off after a pitcher or two.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap - Waterfront Manhatten. Excellent blackish colour with good head. Aroma of coffee. A bit thin in the mouth but the aftertaste is a good stouty coffee taste. Very drinkable.
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite Abita beer so far. Dark amber colored, with a good head. Smells of toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes strong, malty, sweet, with slight soy sauce, almonds, and chocolate at the finish. Nice complexity.