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 (463) - 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
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Nearly-oqaque brown with a quickly dying head. Somewhat flat taste and texture. Roasted coffee, dark malts, I didn't get as much hops as I had expected. A bit of a disappointment for me considering it came from such a well-respected brewer.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One day I had a great idea: to combine a brown ale and an IPA . . . but Dogfish Head beat me to the punch. Dark brown, almost black, in color with a brown head. Luscious aroma of big malts and hops. Flavor is of rich, chewy malts, with the hops not coming through as much as I expected. Still, this is an excellent brown ale.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is serious beer. Nice malt and hop aroma as well as flavor. Pretty big beer for a brown ale.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark black liquid when held up to light can be seen through showing a dark brown-red that gives little head unless agitated. When agitated, beer gives a great off-white creamy head that quickly disapates to nothing. Aroma is a rich, rich dark coffee-chocolate, molasses, caramel. Flavor is a medium to strong hops giving way to a dark, rich, burned coffee finish. Very nice. Almost as easy to drink as it is to enjoy. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
PorterPounder (4943) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 Rerate Tons of chocolate, coffee, licorice in both the aroma and flavor - must have gotten a bad bottle 6.5 years ago! Excellent brown ale Original 3.4Found this to be a solid brown ale - it just did not bowl me over. Would make a good session ale. No discernible aroma; thin mouthfeel; dark copper colored appearance. Thin, tight off-white head with a bit of lacing. Decent balance of hops and malt.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very deep brown. Malty aroma, lots of roast and caramel. Good hopping and well balanced. I wish I could write more intelligently about this, but I'm in the middle of an argument...