roder60 (1283) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Excellent excellent beer. Im very surprised it wasnt rated higher. As the description says, its a cross between an IPA and a scotch ale and the balance is remarkable. Pours dark brown with a brown sugar/chocolatety aroma. Good chocolate molases taste offset with a unique hoppy finish. I love this beer. Wish i had more.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ahhhh another dfh beer. and this one doesnt disappoint either. one thing i like about their beers, is they make virtually no attempt to conceal the alcohol. this one is no exception to the rule. brown color, sweet malty smell, and of course- hoppy tasting. the alcohol is noticable, and this brown ale is wonderful. im glad i was able to score a sixer in maine, since i cant buy this shit in NC.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Deep brown with chocolate and molasses nose, maybe some oaky notes. Taste is chewy astringent malt--lots of it--with a touch too much hops in the finish. Nice full mouthfeel, balanced, refreshing. I didn't realize this was such a big attempt at a brown until I looked at the ABV.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large light brown head. Excellent retention and lotsa stringy lace. Clear, deep, mahogany color. Nose of dark fruits and malts. Med/full body, creamy texture. Complex fruitflavors, dark malts, plums and a hint of raisins,vanilla and licorice. Finish is fairly dry and fruity. one of DFHs better brews, IMHO.
freekyp (1476) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Earthy spicy nose portends of complex flavor picture. Dark chestnut brown with medium sized tan head. Roasted and earthy with ample, but not over-the-top hop profile. Slight sweetness rounds out the flavor making this a real treat.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, with an average tan head. Looks good.
Roasted malts dominate the aroma, coffee, hot coco and some hops.
A lot sweet and roasted malts in the flavor, and a nice hoppy bite. Refinds me actually of a souped up Hvidtøl... This goes down very well and its very smooth... Thanks to Zach for this one...
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown color with a thin head; very smooth with a definite coffee taste and a lingering bitterness
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 04.17.04 Dark brown, average head that fades to a film. Aromas of lightly roasted coffees, choco malts, burnt marshmallow. Flavors follow in suit with the aromas. A bit sugary and sweet along the lines of oatmeal with brown sugar. This beer is eerily reminiscent of a doppelbock, but has the creamy texture of a strong ale. Really a complex beer whe you think about it, yet simple in its concept. One of the better brown ales I've tasted, but not a great beer. Is there a great brown ale out there? Anyway, this beer has a surprising, though mild, bitternes for a brown ale and a light astringency in the aftertaste/finish. I like it.
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 A very dark and incredibly rich brown ale. Sweet, with an almost threatening hop bitterness, but it doesn’t really go there. Smooth finish. Perhaps a little too sweet, overall. Could taste like a cross between a rich Marzen and a black lager, with a touch of true hoppiness to balance it out. A fine brew.
sfontain (795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with an awesome frothy head that lasts through most of the glass and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasty, caramel; it's very nice although slightly weak. Flavor is nice and roasty up front with a hint of coffee, caramel. Hops are delayed for quite a while, I think by the sweetness of this beer, but they come through in the end for a nice, mellow finish. Feels very rich and creamy, but seems to go flat fairly quickly. Great brew!