meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber bottle with a label stating this beer is a tribute to sales manager who passed away. This one pours a dark brown color with a reddish highlights and a light tan head with decent size. The smell is of nutty malts and coffee flavors with notes of hops as well. The flavor starts of with a nutty sweetness and espresso/coffee notes. There is a roasted taste as well throughout with piney hop notes also. Mouthfeel is full and rich and it goes down very smooth with a slight sweet aftertaste. One of the tastier brown ales I have ever had and another good beer from Bear Republic.
egajdzis (6014) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark reddish brown color with a large, light tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma began with sweet citrus, brown sugar, and molasses, and upon second whiff seemed to be a drier aroma. Flavor was that of nuts, caramel malt, more brown sugar, with citrus tones in the back. Light cocoa, roast, and smoke, though overall this seemed rather bland to me. It had an average mouthfeel.
jgb9348 (5565) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark, dark brown coloured body with a thinnish light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, strong hazlenuts and a bit of coffee. Medium-bodied; Light malt flavour with a plentiful nutty character and some light sugars too. Aftertaste shows mostly malt and some nuts also. Overall, a not-so-great beer for a style that I already donít care for. Good to try if you like browns-but it isnít worth $4. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 31-July-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a plum tinted brown, slightly cloudy yet remaining a bit clear, medium sized foamy sandy colored head, strong carbonation, with attractive lacing. † Roasty on the nose, with strong aromas of chocolate malts. † Forwardly roasted malts, slightly sweet, but it quickly fades into a slightly dryish hop bitterness. † Decent body and mouthfeel. † Finishes with a good roasted malt background, slightly astringent, a bit dry, with a very subtle hop touch.
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was about to call this the best brown I have ever had. Then I remembered that I HAVE had the NazelNut Brown Nectar. Still.... this had a dark dark brown pour with a thin but very creamy and lasting head. A thick smooth body and delicious brown sugar flavor made this one of the best browns that I have had. Great stuff.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting, fantastic aroma of maple syrup, juniper, red apples, wet bark, toasted grains and brown sugar.
Supreme fruitiness, mainly dark berries, with an inappropriate syrup taste of maple and fruit and an underlying taste of caramel and other toasted grains. This is very tasty for the style but I wish the toasted malt would shine through a bit more.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tart roast aroma, white head on a red/brown body, interesting flavor, nutty, malty, roasty, brown sugar, slightly hoppy mid way through, dry finish, del-ank-cious
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown (suprise) with a *huge* head even after a tender pour, but it did leave a great lace down the glass. Way too carbonated.
Scent is typical malt with a hint of toffee.
Flavor is good for the style; dark fruits, coffee, a bit of chocolate...
Palate is creamy and full with some mineral feel to it. Overall this is a solid Brown and worthy of a Tribute Ale. My hat is off to Pete and those who attemted to honor him.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
yum, this is a damn good Brown ale, but thats what to expect from such a great brewery. sweet hoppy aroma couples with a great smoky, dark and rich brown, great bitterness makes this brown have a wide range of taste.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a brown ale this is damn good. Good roasty malt flavors with hints of chocolate. Taste is smooth and well balanced with a toasty finish. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head that stays forever. Very smooth and enjoyable brew.