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 (11167) - 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.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep, somewhat clear dark chestnut brown color with slivers of orangey red. Solid cream colored finger high head of cappuccino froth, retains for a wee bit before fading to a crumbly collar and lace in minimal strings and spots. Aroma has a solid roastyness to it thats close to coffee, but seems more like espresso, not all that strong, a definate moderate presense with an overall dry quality, it also has a little touch of sweet molasses and chocolate in there mixing with a bit of hazelnut and vanilla. Great subtle nose. Taste is semi sweet malts with a slight roastyness mostly coming through at the finish but withholds throughout and within the ride lies some nice subtle notes of vanila and nuts. The roastyness is quite nice, milding and toasty surrounded by a chocolatey cookie dough sweetness. Quite nice. Ends clean and dry with lingering qualities wrapped up in sweet roasted malts and chocolate. Feel is medium bodied with a clean substantiated roastyness thats mild and well rounded with a small dry finish that holds some lingering sweet yet roasty tones. An excellent drinkin' brown, a bit more boldness and fullness within the flavors and this would be supurb stuff. That said, this is still a very nice brown. One I wouldn't turn down for nothing!
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint aroma, chocolate malt, caramelized sugar, spicey hops. Dark ruby brown in color, OK off-white head. Flavor is a nice blend of hops and malt. The malt has aspects of chocolate, hazelnut, and biscuits. The hops are subtle - spicey and piney. Finish is moderately bitter, with both roast and hop bitterness detectable. Medium bodied. A nice example of an American brown ale - flavorful and easy drinking.