Jabah (177) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 1/21/09....Sampled on 5/13/09, poured into a wider wine glass. This beer pours thick with a medium lace. A dark brown-near black color. Medium carbonation, but didnít produce that much of a head. I canít stop sipping it! The flavors are outstanding, mainly sweet, but with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Thinking of the Rolling Stoneís song, "Brown Sugar", as that is the main theme going on here. Itís almost like a stout. Aroma is oak mixed with the sweets of the malts and sugar. Reminds me of a toned down, affordable version of the DFH Immort Ale, which is like 11% vs. 7.2% here. They only had one left at the local retailer, but Iíll be looking out for more of this in the future.
UPDATE: Bottled on 11/29/07 (sampled on 6/12/09)........Bought a 6-pack of this after loving the first single/sample I tried. I didnít really notice this until I drank the 4th one, that this may have aged a bit too long. Had a bit more of a sour taste, where that sweet balanced taste I liked maybe had fermented too much. I did notice the hops a little more though, which I guess is a good thing. Still tasted good and sweet, and was totally drinkable, just didnít seem how I preferred it before. Maybe it was just that this bottle was starting to turn, I dunno. I wouldnít let this one age much more than a year, just to be safe.
Cristobal37 (335) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lately Iíve really been into Indian Red Ales so maybe I picked this up at the wrong time. I love a good brown, but this combo just didnít do it for me in the end. Itís a nice beer, but it probably would have been nicer with less of a hop character. Tasty anyways just not my favorite mash-up.
rdixon77 (1441) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. Hazy brown pour. Roasted malts, coffee, caramel, with some hop brightnessz balance isn't entirely in check, but still an interesting decent brown.
bartzluke (211) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 pour from refrigerated bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass. Allowed to warm for a bit. Strong last. Moderate lacing and fairly strong retention. Brown or maybe dark ruby. Mostly opaque-- a tiny bit of transparency. Carbonation looks good. Nose is sugary, malty, and a little woody. Mouthfeel is a little weak, but mostly creamy. Taste is awesome. Scotch ale sweetness, brown ale maltiness, and a nice hoppy bitterness at the end. A bit of coffee and molasses. There?s a lot going on-- a bit hard for me to dissect the flavors. Great complexity.
bigben873 (153) - Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
March Madness 2015 - A nice brown ale but a really sour finish that is overpowering. So much potential but it doesnít work for me.
ludhaber (85) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
March madness 2015. The aroma is not strong with coffee the most dominant contributor. The ale itself is smooth with good roasted malt notes. The roasted malt and hops work together nicely. The finish is not overly bitter.
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (70) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really decent brown ale with great caramel look, smell, and taste. Off white head sticks around with lacing all the way down. Really enjoyed this Dogfish Head version.
Yorker (1479) - Herning, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear reddish brown with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are toffee, caramel, and dried fruit - with a slightly dry finish.
willisread (617) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Mitsuyaís poured into a tulip pint. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a big beige head. Nice lacing. Sorghum, brown sugar, prune, currants and roasted grain on the nose. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied leaning to the sweet side of the palate. As it warms up the fruit really stands out. Really solid brown ale.
hopwine (500) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is dark bread/sweet. Flavor is same plus orange marmalade, mild citrus rind, roast, nutty, caramel accents, pine accents. Solid.