zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aha! Finally a brown ale that isn't for the pansies! Most brewers think that they can get away with taking a standard ale and giving it a bit of a smokey espresso flavor (like lame beers such as Goose Island Hex Nut and their Christmas brew). Where is the kick? Dogfish Head gets this one right. Starts smooth and slightly malty and finishes with a slightly bitter kick from wonderful hops. Good because it isn't too malty or smokey. This one doesn't let you down with the alcohol, either. The extra hops definately take what I think is normally a boring style, and take it up a notch.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap: Black colored, little layer of a head. Sweet caramel nose, with alcohol tones. Roasted malt taste. Nice.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly opaque coloring, with overtones of brown and red. Has a minimal head that disipates after a few minutes. Starts off with a slight taste of hops which is quickly gone after the taste gets past your tongue. The hops as well disipate after a few minutes. Tastes of caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate. Generally smooth.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber/brown body, tan head. Sweetness in the nose. Caramel, perhaps. Great flavor. Combines sweet and spicy overtones. Good stuff.
Suttree (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown, with a thin head that disappears quickly. Nice aroma of fudge and alcohol, with some bourbon as well. Chocolat flavor, with and exceptionally dry finish. Strong, lingering aftertaste. Interesting and tasty brew.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy reddish color, with medium tan head that dissipates fast. I smell a lot of coffee, with some hints of brown sugar. A surprise to start, quite acidic. I can taste some of the traditional brown flavors in the middle, chocolate and coffee especially. A very hoppy finish makes this a very unique brew.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, very small head. Aroma is brown sugar and hops. A very distinctive brew, with some sugary malt and caramel contrasting a acidic smokiness and bitter hops. Nice effort to come up with something different, which is this brewery's strong suit, but this one attacks with the acid and is just not balanced.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown with some red. Aroma is a nice nutty roast. Flavor, is a sweet nutty malt. Smooth, and good, but nothing special. Good for a session beer.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good and very different. Dark amber brown body with good inital head that settled to almost nothing very quickly. Somewhat fruity sweet aroma with a good hop backbone. Falavor was nutty and sugarary sweet. A big oily mouth feel much like a belgian dubbel. Very good but to rich to drink to many.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good. Sugary in strange ways, similar to other dogfish head beers. A bit of a sour taste. Unique and good.