gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I enjoyed this brown ale. Right amount of sweetness and bite. Very good brown ale, not like anything ive had before.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This chestnut brown beer pours with a medium tan head that displays excellent retention. As it slowly fades, it leaves behind a layer of film that hints at maltiness in the beer. It also leaves more of a sheeting than a lace on the glass sides. The aroma is nutty, with a quality I can't quite pinpoint. Almost like a chocolate malted milkshake. Very little hops going on there. The flavor is strong on roasted malt, with some very evident chocolate notes. A bit of english walnut slides in as well. Alcohol is very apparent on the finish, as is strong roasted coffee notes. Very flavorful and powerful for a brown. A bit of bitterness is also there, but it seems more like coffee bitterness than hops. The sweetness seems to come from the alcohol, but there is a big malt background to back this beer.
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brown color with a tasty creamy head. Good balance of hops and malt with a bit of a toasted flavor. I'd definitely get this again.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red-brown, diminishing tan head. Fully malty, solid hoppiness in both aroma and flavor. Some roast. Quite tasty.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very aromatic brown with a beautiful color and nice creamy head. Excellent flavor - smooth and malty - but the alcohol content adds too much of a tang to finish. I don't understand aracauna's comments below -- the nose-tickle at the end ruins the experience. If the brewers would cut back on the Scotch Ale factor, this would be an excellent brown. As it is, it's not worth the price.
1more4dessert (324) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with medium lasting head. Nice maltiness at first blush but the hops definately kick up the finish. Hoppier than most browns which makes it score high in my book. I was afraid that tasting it after 2 draft 90min DFH offerings that it would not register - I was surprised
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like a brown with a lot of alcahol. I was hoping this would have more body than a regular brown, but it doesn't really. Nice creamy head. Kind of nutty with apple tartness. Finish is dry, and has a bit of cocoa. I'm glad I bought a single and not the whole six pack considering the price. The only brown I really enjoy so far is the Rogue Hazelnut.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a nice creamy head, with a nose of caramel and fruit. The taste is a hint of fruit then caramel. Nice smooth finish.
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am intrigued that they claim this is a combination of 3 styles.
I bought a "Tackle Box" sampler/variety case that Dogfish puts out and it's probably my favorite of all 4 in there.
I love Scotch ales, IPA and APA's so this is a logical fit .
The ABV is nice, don't have to drink a bunch to get your buzz on.
Brown for sure in color with a gentle lacey head and tease of alcohol vapor in the bouquet .
I'll buy more of this one i'm sure .
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was surprised at the reserved nature of this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent brown ale, but I was expecting something over the top from Dogfish Head. Actually, I guess a 7.2% brown ale is over the top, but you can't taste it. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the aroma or flavor. The body is a nice clear rubied leather. The cream-colored head is thick and slow to subside. Nice texture. The aroma has a bit of chocolate and toffee, really malty with a slight hop bite underneath. The flavor is the same way, smooth creamy malts, a bit sweet, but the hops are present just enough to cut through the sweetness and leave this a very drinkable but still flavorful brown. The body is surprisingly thin given the alcohol content and huge maltiness of the flavor. Must be the brown sugar.