TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is better then the last one I had, and since the last one I had was a top 3 beer, that’s pretty good.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich deep brown with a nice puffy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, milk chocolate, and a nice hoppy balance. Starts sweet and smooth with great toffee and roasted flavor and subtle chocolate rounded out by a somewhat hoppy, yet sweet finish. A very enjoyable brown ale.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great brown ale! Pours a deep brown with a small head. Aroma is slightly hoppy and smokey with some coffee. Taste has oak, wood, hops, with coffee, molasses, brown sugar and nuts. I would prefer if this were a little sweeter. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy. Leaves a slighly burnt roasty aftertaste. The oaky woody taste resembles Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout in a way. Highly recommended!
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown body with a nice tan head. Aroma is strongly roasted, malty, smokey, lightly nutty. Initially smooth and lightly sweet becoming lightly smokey, very faint nuttiness, and roasty, and a slight coffeeness. Pleasing dry roasted finish. Excellent brown ale!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red. Nose is full of nice chocolate and nutty malts. Very good flavor, strong chocolate hints mix with a hint of smokiness and very well-roasted malts. Sticky and creamy. Easily one of the better brown ales I've ever encountered, and good enough that I bought another bottle two hours after drinking the one I had.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby brown body, tight creamy light tan head. Glass lacing is quite nice. The aroma is quite sweet, with lots of molasses and nuttiness. The flavor is also quite sweet with typical roasted malt and roasted orange peel flavors. The body is medium with a crisp semi-bitter finish. Overall not a bad beer especially for one of my least favorite styles.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet molasses, caramel, nutty, some roasty, perhaps a hint of cherry. Taste is just as the flavor suggests. Medium body that holds the flavor and the alcohol quite well. Serve above 50 degrees, as this really improved as it warmed.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish-brown color. Faint sweet malty aroma. Sweet then slightly bitter on the palate. Needs a little more malt for flavor. Makes for an astringent beer, good but needs more balancing. Still nice and drinkable.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz capped bottle: pours with a pillowy foam that slowly falls into itself, exposing long shafts that allow a sneak peak from above, down to the dark, ruby brown body. Nutty, roasted aroma, with an interesting, almost spicy component; as well as some peppermint, grainy molasses, and dark rye dough. Spritzy palate initially that dulls into a nice even carbonation. Dark roasted malts are noticeable first and transform nicely into chewy dark bread dough and plum-raisin alcohol. Dry roasted finish with a piney bitterness I wasn’t expecting, but definitely enjoyed.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, brilliant garnet with a persistent, thick tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with plenty of milk chocolate, nuts, caramel, molasses and a hint of coffee (only a touch). The body is not all that amazing; it's a bit too thin, but quite smooth and with more character would be quite nice. A nice flavor profile with good balance between the sweet malt and the light hop touch at the end. However, at times it almost seems too sweet. The alcohol is superbly hidden, for I thought it was about 4% before reading the label. My only complaints would be a bit fuller body and maybe a touch more hop character to better balance the sweetness.