Sammy (8026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grainy, nutty.An average ale, but how many great brown ales are there?. They make better.Courtesy of the Buffalo contingent at Radekfest, review #13 of the great sampling.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Red Coloring with Big Creamy Head. Sweet Malt and Hops Aroma. Grapey...Acidic..Frothy...Almost Kriek Like.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Bottleworks, Seattle. I do not know if I liked this beer? It was not to style and it was not malty. It poured a deep brown body beneath a small, frothy almond head. The nose had traces of coffee and sour milk. The flavour however was more hoppy than malted - which confuses? The finish in the palate had a re-appearance of the sour milk and coffee along with smoked chocolate flavours; reminding me of a mild sample of Scotch Irish Entire Butt Porter.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dep brown colour with lots of stuff at the bottom of the glass. aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, dried fruit and a whiff of smoke. starts sweet and malty and has an interesting sour raisin note. some caramel and nuts in the finish. nice
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was almost a perfect brown ale, approaching the excellance of Bell’s Best Brown. Same subtle nutty, chocolate flavors. Big rocky head and perfect nut-chocolate aroma. Nothing overdone. Unfortunately, my sample had an unmistakeable sour streak running through it, with acidity which was sometimes harsh like vomit. Perhaps this was just an old bottle. Otherwise, beautiful stuff.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolately nose, dark brown color, tall fluffy head initially. Toffee and nut flavors, and again chocolate. More malty and sugary sweet than hoppy. Ends with a dark bitter chocolate bitterness.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost a brown porter in color. Big roast and toast flavors. Molasses and brownsugar feature prominently. Somewhat lite cocoa and roasted nuts come in with some mild bitterness. Good mouthfeel that somehow faalls a little flat at the finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. I’ve seen lighter colored stouts than this. Anyway, tons of chocolte featured on this one, light fruit as well which was kind of odd. Flavor has a touch of sour cherry, very interesting addition, who knows if it’s supposed to be there or not but it did not detract to my surprise. Medium to full body. At first sip I didn’t think it was all that great but by the end of a bottle I’m really digging this.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown color, small frothy off white head. Roasted nose. Chocolate and nut medium taste. Fizzy carbonation. Nice.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color with a medium head that looks like dishsoap. Smells like... dirt? Nutty flavor, but slightly sour too. Slight malt. Not much here.