SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is a complex example of what can normally be a drab style. The mildy hoppy nose is well balanced with sweet toffee malt and an apple fruitiness. The body is nutty, sweet and roasty, but not overdone in any way. The crisp, lively mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker as well as a thirst quencher. Would make a great session beer and I would definitely buy again.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish dark brown color, very clear. Aromas of roasted malt, mainly, with a slight hop bitterness, creating a somewhat earthy smell. Palate is a nice balance of bitter and sweet, impressive for such a malt-forward beer, resulting in a general roasted, nutlike flavor. Very enjoyable.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 One of the better Brown Ales I’ve had. Aroma is roasty caramel. Hints of chocolate in there. The flavor is the same, but also smokey. Nuts are there too. For me, I think this is 3rd to Rogue and Sam Smith.
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It looked great, deep reddish-brown, and smelled like heaven, but it was too malty for my tastes. Still a fine, relaxing session beer, but I would have like a more balanced hop-to-malt ratio.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice base malt aroma with a pleasant kick of hops atop it. Dark amber with a frothy white head. Sweet malts with a pretty decent wallop of low bitterness hops. Very nice feel and flavor palate. Has a tingly sugary feeling to it in the aftertaste. Thanks, Slob
hotstuff (4274) - Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tan, small smooth head that mostly diminished, fine-small sized bubbles, lacing was very sparse, transparent, carbonated, and a reddish brown hue. Aroma was malty, chocolate and hoppy. Flavor of malt, coffee, chocolate and hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Nicely done!
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite browns, Brooklyn’s is dry, earthy, spicy, and altogether wodnerful with any red meat dish. Strong bakers chocolate abounds in the aroma, mixed with spicy and earthy malt. The color is...well....brown, but clear with a slight, quickly dissipating head. Earthy throughout, the finish is slightly tart and very dry. Fantastic!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Truly remarkable that I had not gotten around to rating this beer before now for I have had this beer dozens of times over the years and it remains a favorite. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this fine brew pours a dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is sharp with floral hops. The flavor is full of dark malts with a hint of chocolate and solid flowery hops with a undertone of light fruity hops. There is a hoppy and faintly chocolaty finish. An American classic for such a widely available beer in my book.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of yeast and roasted malts. Nice flavor of coffee, chocolate, grains and sweet malts. Good carbonation. Hint of hops.
DanielBrown (3924) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester, kindly purchased for me by Lea Parsons and delivered to me at GBBF 05 - big thanks Lea!! Cola coloured, no head. Nutty sweet, coco/cereal aroma (weetos). Acidic, biting in the mouth. No real flavour, just some malty sweetness and aggressive carbonation. Average stuff - a little watery and lacking some oomph.