Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This elixir pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with notes of caramel, fruit and nuts. The flavor is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter and malty with nutty accents, a touch of caramel and a slight hoppiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2004 2003 On tap at the Eccentric cafe. Rather clear medium-light brown with some golden hues as well. Rapidly dissipating white/cream colored head. Very little aroma on this, maybe a little bit of brown bread, a touch of alcohol. Begins very dry and stays dry. Has a tinge of sweetness in the middle of the body, a little bit of caramel, but the hops add a surprising amount of bitterness. Super dry almond/hazlenut-like finish, with some grainy/yeasty dryness as well. I appreciate the quality of yeast and a nice true dry nutty flavor, but please, give me some malt to balance this. Body is only medium, flavor is a little bit too subtle as well.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with small head. Aroma is a sweet nutty smell.Nice blend of hops and malts as this brown ale is a little more complex than other browns.Solid finish with a nice hoppy bitterness. A solid Brown!
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big fan of the style. Light brown with a thin head. Very roasty (seems like victory or biscuit malt). Lightly hopped and very drinkable. Not bad
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a thin head. Aroma of nutty malt, with a slight cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with underlying cinnamon. Slight dry coffee aftertaste.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really nice Brown Ale. Most Brown's I've had lack real character and flavor. Not so here, tons of flavor and quite enjoyable.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very clear brown color. Kathy did say she noticed blueberry in the aroma, and I agree. I think there may have been a hint of hazelnut in the taste. It was almost too crisp for me, but overall this is a good, solid brown.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 I really want to get more of this. This is easily the finest Brown Ale I have ever had, with a ton of complexity. It has that wonderful quality of being something that can be drunk in tremendous quantity at the same time as providing a ton of flavors to keep one interested.
Update: I was lucky enough to find a bottle of this in Pa., and it lives up to my initial impressions. Superb.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: A very solid brown ale. Most of my notes just say that for a brown ale, it's a good brown ale.
danseltenright (1) - Goshen, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good full body, good flavor, almost nutty flavor, dark brown color, excellent ale.