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RATINGS: 2476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Indian Brown Ale A cross between a Scotch Ale, an I.P.A, and an American Pale, this beer is well hopped and malty at the same time. It is brewed with Aromatic Barley and caramelized brown sugar. - 50 IBU available year round, bottles & draft - Descriptors: Notes of molasses, coffee, ginger, raisinettes, chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Very dark brown in the glass with nearly an inch of off-white head. Some lacing. Aromas are caramel, chocolate, woodsmoke and coffee, with a raisin/currant sweetness. A tnagy, dry hop bite on the taste gives way to roast coffee, chocolate, and malt. Dry finish. This is a complex brew, it’s unique, and it surely deserves better than a 3.66 average rating. There is a level of sophistication and tremendous balance that vaults this to the top of my list of browns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 Sampler from bottle at Binnyís, Orland Park. Hmm. My first impression is that itís more like a porter than anything else. But DFH themselves lists it as a cross of three different styles, and isnít that how porter got started? Kind of lighter in malt body. As I might expect, it has a full load of hops, but theyíre more support than for conquest. And some notes of figs and perhaps a touch of cinnamon. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Pours with a frothy four-finger thick, amber to light brown colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, ruby highlighted deep amber-brown color. The aroma is sweet and fruity up front with notes of caramel, cherries and a bit of sweet herbal hoppiness. The nose finishes with a light roast note that evokes thoughts of toasted bread and milk chocolate. The taste is sweet up front, and is followed quickly by very fruity notes that are reminiscent of cherries, perhaps even a bit like cough-syrup (though only lightly so). The finish is long, though not heavy handed and has an astringent roast malt character to it. This beer is quite smooth up front, but finishes with a prickle of carbonation that helps to balance the overall sweetness of the malt. The body of this is fairly light, this beer is quite quaffable. There are some hop notes here, though perhaps not as much as I was expecting from the label; there is a nice herbal quality in the middle, and the finish has a solid hop bite to it that helps to balance the sweet candied caramel note.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle poured a dark red/ brown with a smallish head and light lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, nuts. Flavor is crisp and refreshing with roasty malt, coffee and a nice hopy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 19, 2005
(Bottle) Creamy tannish head on a medium brown body. Lacing good. Chocolate and coffee nose. Taste: definite sweetness at first, then some mild chocolate/coffee, then bitterness in finish. Mouthfeel kind of creamy and watery at same time. Very good, but sweetness/bitterness tug-of-war a bit much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle: This is a delightful dark, brown alle with apuffy, fluffy, light-brown head. The aromas are yummy, perfectly roasted peanuts and caramel. The initial taste is bitter followed by a sweet finish reminicient of raisins. The higher alcohol % is noticeable in the flavor as well as an almost metallic aftertaset. The carbonation is minimal and the feel is generally thin, but as you drink more it seems to get thicker. Overall, a rich and full aftertaste which glides through the nasal cavities smoothly. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
This is not at all what I was expecting. I sympathize with the free spirits at Dogfish. What should you do when there isnít a catagory for what you want to brew? I guess make one up. In this case the name was pretty lousy at giving me accurate expectations, but a really nice beer non-the-less. Much darker than the usual brown. Deep ruby, almost black. Thing head of tan foam that settles out fairly quickly. Very dry burnt toast and perked coffee aromas. No hop presence to speak of, and just the smalles hint of fruitiness. Very interesting flavor: I get a nice dry roastiness up front, followed by a toffee sweetness, and finishing with kind of a fortified Belgian character. A little bit buttery, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Smooth and full on the palate. To my tastes, this somewhere between a porter and Corsendonk Pater.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Poured brown (who woulda thought?) with a soft pillowy head. Sweet with brown sugar, caramel and molasses, yet still well-balanced and without an alcoholic finish despite being above 7%. Sorry Brooklyn, this is my new favorite brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Another good example of gonzo brewing from DFH. I generally prefer my American IPA to have a good malt balance to offset the hops, so this is welcome. Actually, 60 and 90, and even 120 are good this way, too. DFH is one of my favorite breweries, and while this isnít my favorite from them, itís one of the finest examples of why I love them: they are different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Chocolaty/nutty nose. Some rich fruitiness. Taste is rich chocolate/nut. Some caramel. Sweetish caramel/dark fruit finish. A very solid beer.

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