MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks nice, cloudy deep brown with a slim head. Lots of caramel and oak in the nose. Very malty with hints of chocolate and plenty of smokiness, has some drying hops for balance at the end. Finishes too sweet. Decent, but too thin in the palate.
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thank God they’ve spared us the spice. Nutty, some carmel and more balanced than the typical, back-heavy bitter Butte beer.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear mahogany. Light vanilla head. Aroma of caramel and buttery yeast. Mellow with a light roastedness and nice chocolate/caramel malt base. Some dry nuttiness as well. Black malt aftertaste. Solid brown ale.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 5, 2001
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Assertive brown ale, but once again Butte Creek’s distinctive organic fuzzy taste swoops in a ruins it. Can’t stand these guys.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 This should be called a brown porter. It is the most robust brown ale I certainly have experienced. Reminds me of James Squire Porter. Coffee and cream, nutty, vanilla in the taste, buttery bread aroma, but not as smooth as J.S. Deep ruby color and some bitterness in the finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown color with a modest head and fair lace, the body medium and the carbonation moderate. Nose is a toasted grain, the middle slightly sweet, the finish is hop bitter and somewhat dry. Robust yet clean, and quite drinkable, another winner from this most exceptional brewery.