porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22 oz bottle) Wow, beautiful creamy biscuit head sits on medium dark honey brown body. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, malt, hops. Beautiful mellow toasted caramel flavor right from the start. No bitterness, no bite, just smooth. A bit watery but love the taste! Oooh yeah, another great brown ale from Maine. Really nice!
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Sampled on tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Pours a thin, foamy almond head with deep amber body. Nose of caramel malt. Flavour is of smooth caramel malt. Above average.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle via trade with porterhouse - Thanks Kevin! - Pours brown with a good sized tan head that stayed pretty well and laced some on the sides of the glass. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and cola. Flavor of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and roasted malts. A surprising hop finish is there. Palate is medium bodied and somewhat dry. A pretty good brown.
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light tan, three finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, clear amber color. Nose is nuts and coffee. Starts slightly malty, hints of burnt coffee, finish is smooth but a touch of bitterness. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Otter Creek Market Otter Creek, Me.
beerbomb (212) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown ales are what got me interested in the world of beer. I had lost interest in them for a while, but upon going to the BHBC brewery tour I re-discovered my lost interest. This is a great, well rounded refreshing brown ale. Fresh and balanced hop and malt with a nicely lingering palate make this a top pick for me. Iíve had thicker brown ales but this one bridges the gap of refreshing and savory.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Any first impressions?
-A gangly head slowly collapses onto the maroon dress.
-A pleasantly roasty and nutty nose dims out, once settled into the glass, into a frail herbal cola.
-A filet of caramel sweetness surrounds the roasted maltiness.
-Itís pretty carbonated and lean-bodied, which makes it an easy-to-drink pint.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some mineral character undermines the aroma, but evaporates with time.
-Leafy hoppiness hangs on to the flaky roastiness.
-Finishes modestly, with light roasty dryness, and sweet hazelnut suggestions.
-A decent brown ale, flavorful yet somehow understated.
-By the way, this is a bolder version of their Lighthouse Ale; same recipe with a little more of everything.
Bottle; no date.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown color with a thick white head. Aroma of nuts abd malt. Very good flavor of malt, nuts and caramel. Light and oily palate, low carbonation. Iím not fond of brown ale but this one is very well done.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an easy one to comment. Itís like newcastle brown only a lot better :) Sweet nutty brown with excellent hop and bitterness. This is one of my favorite browns, and I dont really care for browns.
ClarkVV (4158) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 2005 bottle drank 8/20/2005. Pours a dull/drab olive-brown with some deep chartreuse tinges, giving it a slight orange tint in the sunlight. Bottle conditioned, with plenty of sediment, leading to a fluffy, light beige colored head, well-retained and providing plenty of lacing. Aroma is dry nutty, earthy dull notes, with musty yeast, milky chocolate like notes, lightly roasted grains, toasted brown bread and a touch of something lightly sour/astringent. Flavor is lightly woody, nutty, very dry raisins and a mix of milk and brown bread again. Medium body, with plenty of carbonation and not as much malt sweetness as I think it needs. Though itís always better to go less sweet than too sweet. Dry brown sugar and plenty of yeasty, moderately sour notes. I really despise Northern Brown ales, but this one is well-done. Hops are not terribly flavorful, not very bitter either. Just sort of there. Nutty and rather dull. Drinkable though, and as the carbonation recedes, it feels pleasant and substantial on the palate.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If I were to say this was a typical brown ale, Iíd only be a half truth. Aromas of nuts and yogurt dominate this one, but some hoppy undertones are definitely present. Taste is the same, but with a nice bitter finish.