GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark mahogany under a fairly stiff dark khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted nuts, roasted malt (almost porter-like), pine oil and alcohol. Sweet toffee notes on the tongue at first followed by chocolate, malt, vanilla backed up by a welcome kick of hops. I thought the mouthfeel was just a bit thin given the flavor but the carbonation was just right and the finish was short, crisp and pleasantly bitter. Another winner from DH.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Amber color with a thick tan head. Aroma is nutty, with a nice roasted malt character (chocolate, coffee, and caramel) along with some floral hops. Very balanced flavor. Lots of malts with a strong coffee taste and hints of chocolate, nuts, smoke, and caramel. There is also a lot of hops present - spices and grassy with a bitter alcohol biting finish. A great and complex brown ale.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little darker than Coke to my eye. Fantastic but contradictory nose with a little hop spice mixed in with a roasted malt essence. Nice on the tongue. Reminds me favorably of Smuttynose Porter. Pretty great.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like coke with a nice tan head. Flavor is very nice but a little on the hoppy side which is a trait im starting to savor. Chocolaty with hints of coffee. Aroma is that of semisweet choclate. wonderful!
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A chocolatey and malty smooth beer, yet also pleasantly bitter. Its resembles as stout when it first hits your mouth, but finishes like an IPA. My favorite of the dogfish head so far. Very unique.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2012 Draft at DFH-MD ale house. Clear, dark brown body with a bubbley off-white head, diminishing. Aroma is molases, nuts and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with some roastedness. Molases, chocolate, dark fruit, toffee, nuts and a bit of coffee.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours arich light brown head and color is black with a tint of red. Aroma is malt, dark malt with coffee notes. Taste is dark malt, creamy, good carbonation, backed up by hops. Builds a coffee aftertaste as I progress through the beer. This style is not quite my taste, but well done, good occasional beer.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown ruby color with a fizzing beige head. Aroma is malty, nutty, slightly chocolaty with a hint of smoke to it. Taste is malty, nutty with hints of coffee,caramel,chocolate and toffee. This beer has grown on me and I tend to like it a lot more now than before.
smithlrs2003 (11) - washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. nice brown color, clear hoppy scent. Not really what I was expecting... smooth and drinkable but not especially to my liking.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nutty, has a little bite to it. Rich mouth feel. Pretty tasty, more character and flavor than most other brown ales I’ve had.High alcohol content is well masked.