VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RE-RATE: In addition to my original rating I’d add that the roasted malt flavors through the middle and finish were quite pleasant. Flavor profile was quite full as well. ORIGINAL: Some spice and earthy English hop notes in the nose. Good caramel malt flavors and minimal malt aromas. What set this apart was the earthy and spicy hop flavors. They really stood out and made this a bit different than the average brown. Nice balance and malt content for a brown contributes to a solid mouthfeel. Deep bronze color with moderate head.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not bad, could have been better.
jomurray99 (10) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried the beer after seeing the brew master on Emeril Live. However, was not that impressed.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NICE , THICK BROWN ALE WITH A PLEASANT SMELL AND NUTTY TASTE. A BIT HEAVY SOMETIMES BUT VERY GOOD OFF THE TAP!
pilsnerrogge (2272) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full-bodied, heavily roasted flavour of dark chocolate.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great american brown ale. Dark and nutty with a slowly diminishing head and wonderful aroma. Heavy but smooth drinking.
Schroppfy (2350) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am very impressed by this beer. The color is deeply brown, with a just-tan, very compact head that sticks around. The malt in the nose is very nice, but losts of browns, and other styles, do that well. But I really liked the hop tinge up front...kind of tangy, perhaps the same hops used in Bell’s special double cream stout. That hop tanginess sticks with me through the middle, and contributes to a nicely bitter finish. I’m not a fan of overly sweet browns, and this is not one...it has just a touch. This is the kind of brown to dedicate a night to -- 3 or 4 in a row, with the right company and food, would be tremendously pleasant. To my mind, closer to El Toro’s Poppy Jasper than to any of the other midwestern browns I’ve had (Bell’s, Boyne, Dark Horse), yet different too. I will buy more, as soon as my allowance allows.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I requested this from Venom. After reading an article and an interview from Garrett Oliver boasting this beers capabilities to stand up to a great cigar, I had to try. I was expecting a rich, chocolatey and hoppy concoction. I was utterly disappointed. Aroma is decent with dominant smells of caramel popcorn and butterscotch. It sounds better than the actual smell itself. The middle of this beer was tasteless which basicaly means there is nothing to counter the bitter finish. The first disappointment from this good brewery.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 30, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As with most of my other experiences with Brooklyn beers, I had this at the brewery. It was quite tasty, I was a bit surprised because I had never heard may outstanding ratings for it. Nice maltiness and full bodied flavor. I could drink it all night.
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 One of the better offerings in my humble opinion from a great Eastern brewery, and second only to their Double Chocolate Stout in my heart and on my master list for this brewery.
A deep unblurred sangrineous color on the pour, the head portly in size, spumescent in texture, a winsome light beige in color and a thick sticky sheet of lace to conceal the glass. The nose is sweet malt, crisp and slightly floral, a real treat for the old schnozzle with a rich malt start that is somewhat sweet, and the top fair to middling in feel. Finish has a perky acidic bite, the hops pounce on your palate, like the Brooklyn Dodgers did the Yankees? Quite dry aftertaste and a real sweetheart of a beer and a real keeper in my book.