iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: generous tan froth. Hazed, but mostly transparent dark brown with orange hues. Malted nut aroma with some rye biscuit, chocolate and toasted grain. Sweet malts and nuts cover the tongue. Gritty texture up front, becomes creamy & chocolaty…well carbonated and nicely rounded. Metallicy twang is slightly evident in the finish, but overall pretty tasty. Worked extremely well for the fish and chips I made recently.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange and pine hops figure prominently in the sweet, caramel/chocolate, round, brown, malty aroma with some suggestion of vanilla. Very clear chestnut brown with small but dense, fine-bubbled tan head that lasts nicely and sticks to the sides of the glass. Thick sweet malts and brown sugar flavours are laden with perfume-like orange, floral hop flavours with a fair balancing bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a smooth texture and gentle effervescent carbonation. Shaker glass at cellar temp. Bottle (trade - Mar. 2005). Thanks, DocLock.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut brown, HUGE rocky off-white head (not sure why the carbonation was outta control on the two bottles I have sampled - bad batch?) Anyway, the nose was toasty, nutty, with hints of brown sugar, milk chocolate, and light molasses. Flavor seemed similar with additional light coffee notes and grains sprinkled throughout. A nice hop bitterness seemed to kick in at the end to help bring the balance to life. Light to medium bodied, super fizzy carbonation, light nutty, chocolaty finish. Not bad, not great....just ehhhh.....
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somewhat amber brown. Malty coffee aroma. Flavor is malty, nutty, coffee.... a rather full flavored brown ale. A hint of hops. A quite enjoyable brown.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep copper in color with ruby highlights and a large light tan head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is nutty with amild roasted malt character.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany color with medium off-white head...aroma is of malts, caramels, and nuts; flavor was a nice mixture of malts and hops, with a slight nutty flavor and a bitter aftertaste
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similar to smuttynose old brown dog in almost every way including the theme of the beer, and ratings. Warm toasty aroma with hints of nuts and victory malt. Good smooth flavor of crystal and toasted malts and a hint of bitterness in the end. Smooth finish. I think I like this one a little better than smuttynose in my side-by-side tasting, but I remember that I liked the smuttynose better last summer.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark brown mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and hops. Flavor has the usual notes of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, caramel, some hops and coffee. Roasty, lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium-full, round and creamy on the palate - good body for a brown ale. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, ok head retention. Nice beer.
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light tan, two-finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nice clear, deep amber color. Nose is malty. Starts mellow and sweet, finishes with a touch of hops and there is a very slight bitter aftertaste, nice brown. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish brown color with some off-white lacing. Some hops in the aroma, milk chocolate. Body is a little thin, lots of chocolate and almonds (just like the description says), sweet sticky finish. I’ll admit, brown ales are a tough sell on me. This one isn’t bad, but the finish is a big turnoff.