Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 Deep ruby-brown hue. Small off white quickly dissipating head. Nutty, fruity, lightly toasted malt aroma. Starts mildly sweet. Faint caramel, toffee accents. Light to medium bodied, subtle nuttiness, finishing well rounded and clean. A bit thin for my tastes, but a very drinkable session brown. Finishes with faint hops off in the distance, nicely balanced...
closey22 (1202) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruby brown w/ thin tan head; toasty malt aroma w/ same flavor w/ touch of chocolate, but feels a bit light and acidic; finish is a bit weak, but overall a good beer.
MaBeer1972 (1438) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Very dark purplish brown color. Little head fades quickly. Very smooth drinking, nice malty flavor. Somewhat "woody" flavor too. Finishes just as smooth as it starts.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a dark reddish color with very little carbonation and a roasted smell. Taste is smooth roasted malt and finishes with little bitterness, but is a bit too thin for me. Overall it is a good brew, but I prefer heavier dark beers.
TheEpeeist (3543) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle; purchase by September. Clear burgundy brown with a beige coating. Nose is woody grape, mild dark roast and fudge. Medium body with a sharp, sour tang. Taste is crabapple, cider vinegar and mold with hints of cherry. Dusty dry finish with tobacco and ash. I donít think this is supposed to be a sour ale but as such itís not horrible. The aftertaste gets funky after a while. One glass is enough.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells better than it looks. Brown beers are generally one of my favorite styles, but this one is weak and thin. Bitter - no hint of caramel like the description promised.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours a mostly translucent brown with a bunch of amber notes and a small to medium creamy and bubbly off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of caramel, nuts, very light buttery notes and some chocolate. Flavor of...interestly enough...sour cherries. While I think there may be something a litlte off here...the sour cherry flavor which I assume the brewer was not going for actually worked out ok. Under that initial sour cherry flavor I got some nuts, light caramel and grainy malts. This one is hard to put numbers to...but Iím gonna have to keep style in mind on this one because I think an infection set in and the brewery most likely did not intend for it to turn out this way.
argo0 (12118) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle, thanks chriso. Large tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some nut, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry -- clearly infected. Smooth light-medium body.
Leighton (13985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared with Sander at his place, NYC. Pours clear brown with a modest, tan foam head. Aroma has some ashy, lightly toasted malts just tinged with sourness. The flavor, though, is quite sour, and I canít imagine itís intentional. Some light toast and cocoa, but mostly sour malts. Light bodied with average carbonation. Sour finish, faint dry roast and leaves, some tart fruit hints. Hard to enjoy this.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the Barrington Brewery. Nice dark brown, so dark itís almost black, color. Kind of bitter, but otherwise no real perceptable taste. Very watery!