Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good but heavy brown ale. A little to sweet for my taste, but they have done a great job creating a unique brew. Darker than a brown. Winey notes due to alcohol. These guys really make strong brews.
mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured a dark brown/black with barely any head. The nose was like chocolate smoke. The taste was like a hoppy carbonated coffee. It was pleasant, but definately not a session beer. Because of the thickness and alcohol content (7.2%), this beer is much better suited for the cold winter months. I'll be sure to have some more this coming winter.
DYCSoccer17 (3150) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Pours a dark mahognay with a decent 2cm tan head which fizzles into some nice lace after a couple minutes. Nose is sort carmelly. Start is kinda of malty and theres some alcohol present too, while the finish smooths out into a more caramel flavor. The carbonation is good, and the palate is medium. This is an interesting brew, allthough I can honestly say that I dont taste any IPA in this, like the brewers said...(6/4/7/4/15 3.6)~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~Only took me 9 years to re-visit this beer. 16 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is a bit roasty with some herbal hop character. Lightly metallic. Decent. Transparent cola-colored body with a medium cream-colored head with good lacing present. Starts a little sweet with some mild chocolate hints. Becomes toasted, lightly burnt and chewy in the middle. More burnt tannins come in the finish later on. A little heavy on the body, but decent.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 Smells roasty/malty/caramel/coffe/chocolate.Pours out a deep ruby,w/ a quick brown tinted head(yum)some lace that held on long after the beer was drank.Tastes like it smells roasty/malty/w/ some hops in there.Roasted coffe/chocolate-malt/hop balance.Very smooth on the palate(easy to drink). Another great brew from this wonderful brewery.The hops are very well intregrated.Damn good stuff!
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful pour with head to match. The initial taste was a bit different, resembling a wine or fortified wine like sherry. The aftertaste was smoky and pretty good. Not bad but still not that good for a brown ale. The Samuel Smith Nut brown was much better.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an odd one but I liked it quite a bit. Hops and malt are quite evident in the aromas. Taste is sugary-malty hints of roasted and chocolate flavors. There are plenty of hop flavors in there also. IMHO does not belong in the "Brown Ale" category.
MaBeer1972 (1218) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I very heavy Brown Ale. Probably a little too complex of a flavor in my book. The alcohol tends to overwhelm the hops-malts battle. Otherwise, I think it would show more promise.
chronictonic (462) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally a brown ale with character! I've always felt that a typical brown ale is very mild in flavor, non-descript, harmless etc. This one sets a new standard for brown ales - finally some flavor and personality!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big toasty head. Aroma is toasted malt and nuts. Color is deep brown. Flavor is big malts with a light hoppy finish. Not as hopy as some beers i.e. victory old horizontal or storm king. A dam good brown ale.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very fun to drink and like most brown ales really nice and versatile. spicy, complex, and wonderfully nalty, i've loved everything by this brewer. well, that world wide stout is kinda out of my league