richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark brown, capped off with a white foamy head, giving off a smell rife with chocolate malts. flavor was pretty rich, with sweet caramel malts and chocolate making up the lion’s share of the tastes, with a hint of hops coming in late. the lingering aftertaste was both chocolates and hops, and the body was thin but not watery. a very easy to drink, smooth and flavorful ale. i can easily understand why so many people use this as an everyday beer.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with red tones and a tan head. Nose is of dark malts. Easy to drink with a malt and chocolate flavors. Pretty nice beer.
twindadplus2 (672) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Coppery brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is mostly malt and slightly nutty. Creamy and very smooth with flavors of lots of sweet malt and toffee. Roasted malt finish with just the slightest hint of bitterness. A very good beer.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was torn going into this beer, as I have heard people who swear by this stuff, yet also brown ale afficianados who are unimpressed. My two cents is that this is a very smooth and creamy brown ale. Very drinkable, yet this is at the cost of the classic brown ale chewiness. Taste is very malty, with no strong nut tastes. Mainly a deep, slightly sweet molasses, with some toffee and chocolate flavors. Mouthfel is creamy and consistent. Aftertaste is roasted and clean, like a dry bean. I’m still split between the camps.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and dark for a brown. Very notty nose, and covers with a nice head. Should get more press than it does.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very dark amber/brown with a light tan head that faded rather fast. The nose was nutty with malt, caramel and a slight smokiness. The taste started malty with subtle toasty, toffee-ish and cocoa notes. Midway a yeasty fruitiness works its way through, then a backbone of roastiness and some mild grassy and floral hops appear in the end. It finished dry with a lingering nuttiness and floral hoppiness. Very nice! This is a surprisingly satisfying and drinkable beer that probably deserves more attention for its flavor than it gets for its name.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown with a thin white head. Slight nutty smell with some nice malt undertones. Kind of nasty tasting intially with a nice tasting, allbeit watery aftertaste to it. Not that bad but not that great either.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Mahogony-red with a nice beige head. Caramel and rich malt aroma. Clean, sweet malt and caramel flavors. Bright and easy to drink. Slight roastiness.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, slightly garnet color. foamy off-white head. aroma is alphabet soup and worstershire sauce. flavor is slightly sweet malt, tangy, and a little soy sauce. finish is watery sweet. thanks Willblake!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Willblake. Brown color with a small tan head. Sweet chocolate malt aroma. Flavor was mostly sweet malt. Could have used a bit of hops to cut the sweetness. One dimensional.