Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this brew, very tasty and satisfying. Great hop presence, which really makes this brew unique. Still has a nice rich robust coffee taste. Especially dark as well in color and taste.
Cornfield (5541) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím not a brown ale fan. They always seem flat to me. But this is DFH, and Iíve always enjoyed what they do with a few simple ingredients, so I gave it a shot. It pours a rich, deep mahogany color with a respectable light brown (not tan) head. The aroma is pretty mild. Yeah, just stuck my schnozz in again. Mild dark fruit, smoky, barroom brawl kind of a smell. The taste? Another swig. Nutty malts, fruity yeast, good floral & citric hop bitterness. Canít taste the ABV. Smooth in the mouth, yet raspy in the throat. Pretty crisp finish. I like it.
BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty standard for a brown ale. Nothing exceptional, yet quite drinkable. Tasts of nutmeg and spices. Warms the belly nicely.
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid "4" beer, if ever there was one. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Packaged in August, but no year. I suppose itís this year, because itís fairly fresh, and still somewhat full of life. Poured out a deep cocoa brown color, with mahogany highlights. Medium tan colored head stayed to the bottom of the glass. Aromas are of Scharffen Berger Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, slight tobacco barn, alcohol, dark cherries macerated in rum, malts galore, some esters, and earthy hops. Tastes are terrific, especially for a brown ale. They include dark, rum soaked cherries, tobacco, dark baking chocolate, malts, slight fruitiness, and just enough bitterness from the hops to balance everything out nicely. Lingering tobacco tastes mix well with the lingering bitterness. Finishes too smooth for a brown ale of this gravity. Alcohol is well hidden in the tastes, but prevalent when you drink it. Warming and comforting all in one.
One hellacious brown ale. Highly recommended.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fine tan head stands atop a dark brown to near-black body. Sweet aroma with caramel notes. Strong sensation hits the tastebuds, an all-out hop assault. Warming with a definite alcohol kick, at 7.2%, probably the strongest brown ale Iíve ever encountered. A totally unique animal; many browns are too lacking in hops,but this one ups the ante, making a tasty and powerful brew. Alcohol lessens some toward the end, for goodnessí sake. Definitely, one ofmy favorite brown ales.
Part of a growing trend in nomenclature. If itís stronger than normal, call it Imperial Blank, if itís hoppier, call it India Blank.
motelpogo (6968) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled. surprisingly good brown ale, hint of hazelnut, some caramel sweetness, but a nice fresh, lightly bitter finish
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty flavor, some hops around, but not too many. Pretty much reminded me of a normal brown, no real hint of the alcohol present. Nicely balanced beer though.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great idea from Dogfish Head, in my opinion! You get the smooth, refined chocolate/coffee flavor of a brown ale with the hop bitterness and fruit of an IPA. The result is quite good, with enough bitterness to make this unmistakeably not just a brown ale, but it is too roasty and smooth to be an IPA, either. Great on tap if you can find it!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty good brown, like most browns and pretty bland, but unlike a lot of browns, and not watery, and it has great balanace. Aroma is carmel, brown sugar, pineapple, and a little alcohol. Taste is sweet, with nice balance, hops are noticable in brown? no way. Yeah, a good brown.
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark brown in color and a fluffy tan head with great lacing. The aroma was raisns, malts, some hops and alcohol as well. The first thing I noticed in the flavor was the malts, and there was a rummy raisin taste, and it finished with a kick of hops. A very drinkable beer. With out thinking I was taking large gulps and not really trying to distinguish the flavors, just enjoying them together.