ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I see this is the highest rated non-seasonal Abita beer on ratebeer.com. I don’t think it’s as good as the Purple Haze, and is very average in its Brown Ale category. The taste is of roasted malt, with some hints of coffee. Just a little sour in the after-taste; in that way, reminds me of Mendocino Brewing’s Black Hawk Stout. But, a Brown should be sweeter, where Turbo Dog is a bit too dry.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1810) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well retained head, slightly hopped, dark brown color. Excellent example of a Brown Ale. One thing I could not taste was the coffee flavors.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had to order this one... Who wouldn’t sample a beer named Turbo Dog? This beer reminded me a lot of Negra Modelo in the respect that it pours like a much thicker, substancy beer but is actually very light for its color. I didn’t get the chocolate/toffee vibe from this one, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark. Slight chocolate aroma and taste.
ARMed (590) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unbelievably suprised. Very good beer. A must for all to try. Wonderful pour with a thick brown head. AS little smell of burnt caramel but fantastic taste. Smooth not sweet. Perfect with a nice porterhouse steak with a side of crab meat.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best I’ve tried from Abita. Could use more body on the mouth feel. Nice dark color with a chocolat taste.
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black beer appearance, bitter flavor and thin texture. Mostly notable for the cool name. Goes well with salty snacks.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is billed as a brown ale at the restaraunt where I had it on tap, but it is far more porter-like. Big dark chewy malts with cherry, chocolate, and maple syrup on close. It’s rich and sweet - reminds me of Mackeson’s XXX stout - but with just enough bitter accent and almost enough body to hold up the sweetness.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 10, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not great, but drinkable. The head was not half the size of the one in the picture, and it wasn’t quite that dark. I had it on draft. Probably won’t do again, but not bad.