Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown, with a slight orangey tinge and a beige head. Cloudy, because I poured it quicker than I should have poured a bottle-conditioned beer. Faint malty/bready aroma. Malt, nuttiness, toastiness, some dried fruit. Nice subtle hop bitterness and leafy flavor. The level of carbonation is actually quite nice; refreshing but not schpritzy. On the full side of medium-bodied.
I just noticed this: Holy hell, that's a lot of yeast in the bottle, even for something bottle-conditioned. There's almost as much at the bottom of my glass.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Kind of a flat brown ale. I was disappointed, ’cause the Kalamazoo folk turn out some fine ales. The coloring was a clear light brown, but there was little carbonation and almost no head. The aroma was neligible and the flavor was dull and uninteresting.
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humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown color with a subtle cloudiness. Aroma is perfumy and toasted with mature hops. Pillowy carbonation and great flavor. The most flavorful and exciting brown I’ve yet encountered. Nice bitter-hoppy finish.
jtw (1112) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle (i think). yeasty, malty, spicy (cloves?) aroma . big long-lived tan head. nutty and malty body, extremely well-balanced. several complex flavors; the finish is almost like chewing on some caramel or carapils malt.
drywallman (334) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one was indeed brown and had the big tan head mentioned below in other ratings. I also noticed the significant yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. This contributed to smooth mellow taste I think. Not very significant on the hops. I could drink a lot of this.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Adam (Lumpy) for this one also. Pours with a big tan head that appears to be think and lasting. Wacky floaties settle to the bottom that look like meteors. The taste is a bit yeasty and the mellow hops flavor takes over from what I usually find in brown ales, too much malt. the "best" brown ale? Probably not, but a fine product from a brewer I respect more and more every time I try another of their beers.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Kevin42. Good pour with a deep brown color. Nuty and a little sweet. Notes of molasses and roasted nuts abound. Not bad.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thick brown with sediment gently floating, creamy head, good bitter finish.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured reddish brown with little head.aroma malts ,choc. caramel. flavor dark chocolate like the kind that covers a chocolate covered cherry, molasses. got a nice sweetness and a little bit of a bite at the end. bells does it again for me
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown color,small light tan head that faded slowly leaving a small lace behind.Malty yeasty aroma with a side of caramel.Very nice flavor,malty and caramel with a nice but mild hop presence,Slightly sweet at first then turning to a mild bitter in the middle and finishing up on the dry side.Nicely done brew and easy to drink.Thanks go to Nexxus for sending this brew my way.