maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A rich dark brown coloured beer with a nice white head. The aroma has malts, fudge and chocolate. The taste also has malty character together with some coffee and ample hops for a brown ale. A nice tasty beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottel. poured a dark brown, thus the name. Taste was a bit dry, nose was weak, some malts and a touch of yeast. Little head. OK.
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark red/brown colour and yeasty aroma. Nice taste of roasted malts and some coffee notes. Average palette and aperance but try to forget that and taste and smell it instead. More of this...
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich creamy head. Dark mahogany beer. Aroma is slightly sour and yeasty with roasted malt notes beneath. Very assertive malt flavour. Almost porter-like. Corree and nuts, certainly some woody notes. A strong bitter finish reminiscent of the sourness in the aroma.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Calcada in Newark, "summer suds" event. clear brown color, light tan head, sort of foamy. aroma is pretzels, raw peanuts. flavor is light banana, a little crisp hop. bitter and tangy finish.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Medelhavspärlan, Stockholm
Red/brown. Malty butterscotch aroma with a slight fruity background. Sweet and malty still with a buch of hoppiness in there. Chocolatey and a light sourness (as in Old Ale sourness). Biscuity aftertaste with a lot of bitterness.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
grabbed a glass of this from the pub location in newark airport (and almost missed my flight as a result). smell was malty and chocolatey, coming off a dark brown, clear body with a big white head. flavors were mostly malts and sweet chocolate with some grassy hops coming in late. the aftertaste was much stronger in the hop department, the malts didnt linger much at all. it wouldnt have been worth missing my plane for, but it was still good.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head dissipates quickly. Beatiful brown copper color. Malty not too hoppy. Wonderful find for $4!
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lucky find for me -- although it was in its last month of shelf life :-(. Initial appearance was great -- although the head disapated too quickly for me. Taste was a wonderful rich malty flavor. Nice hop presence, but subdued as a brown should be -- much better than Newcastle in my book, but under Sam Smith’s. A great brew -- perhaps I can get a fresh batch and retry. Cheers
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2011 Re-rate from Bottle:
Roasted Chicoree, caramel and herbal hop aroma.
Chestnut coulour, brown ring.
Wellbalanced between roasted caramel sweetness, chocolate notes and grassy, herbal, light earthy hops.
Quite chewy, sparkly mouthfeel.
Earthy roasted aftertaste, dark caramel stays a bit longer.
Original rating: Bottle 6 4 7 2 13
Red-brown, low creamy brown head.
Spicy caramel and pine aroma.
Roasted coffe and carbonized tastenotes on a light body, some hop bitterness - burned caramel aftertaste - flowery notes retronasal.