JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Woody nose from an odd looking licorice-black, oily brew. Peated malts and anice in the first sip, and turning sort of chocolatey as it warms in the middle. Mouthfeel is oily and flat. Finish goes sour, with strange nutty, woody notes mixed in. Vinegar lingers... what the?
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old wood soaked outside. Tangy and sour flavors. Some rustic smoke flavors buried deep within.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very rich, dark, strong brown ale. It pours a deep brown with a tan head that rapidly fades to a tiny ring around the glass. The aroma is that of burnt chocolate and roasted nut. The flavor has a strong coffee tone to it. Very malty.
bubbahollywood (3) - USA - AUG 24, 2003 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown ale with very little head. Has a nice thick palate and is not as sweet as most brown ales. Has a rich, strong flavor that is bitter like coffee. Overall, This seems to be a decent beer.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/ruby color with a small tan head. Malt aroma with just a little roast and chocolate. Flavor of caramel and chocolate with some hops to balance it out.
hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I guess I'll go slightly against the grain here. This beer rocks!
Sparkling clear, beautiful deep ruby ale. Large, rocky, mostly lasting tan head.
Spiraling, dripping lacework.
Vineous aroma with notes of milk chocolate, buttermilk and coffee.
The flavor is chocolatey and sweet with lots of toasted malts and whispers of coffee and vanilla. Balanced fairly nicely. A bit astringent.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Medium-length, chewy, astringent and bitter finish. Damn nice brown ale! World class and underrated!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad brown ale but nothing special. Toffee, coffee and malt flavor. Finishes malty, dry, and clean.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I haven't had this one for a long time, and I was expecting that my previous experience, from years ago when I liked it, would be dimmed by all the beer I've been tasting lately. However, I still think that it is very good. It does not taste like a brown ale; rather, it tastes like a bock, specifically one of those Italian style double bocks. I enjoy that style a lot, so I enjoyed this beer.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This stuff sucks. They should call this Turboshwag. Swells like dirty mopwater. Taste is tobacco and pepper. Actually tastes like a cigarrete butt that's been floating around in beer for a while. This is my friends favorite. I'm going to have to get her to drink more beer. I don't think I'm going to finish it. I rated aroma a 2 because a 1 is reserved for the smell of shit. Drain pour. It think this might scar me for a while.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is faint, and mostly toffe-like. Color is more black than brown. Like a Swartz beer. Faint head. Seems a little thin for style. Flavor is toffe-like malt up front, with some fading hops following. Aftertaste is sweet toffee, but fades fast.