freekyp (1490) - 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 (2653) - 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 (807) - 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!
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 This is certainly an interesting hybrid...a rich, roasty maltiness in flavor and aroma with lots of sweetness. Very rich with strong but balanced hops. I enjoyed it, maybe because I like doing things like mixing all of my food together.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle into the pint glass with reddish brown body with a tan colored head. Initially the beer had a lot of carbonation streamers which died down shortly taking the head with them. There was quite a bit of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Porter-ish, with tones of dark roasted malt, coffee, barley, and alcohol. The taste was nuttier, sweeter, and drier than a Porter with lots of hop bitterness. There was also a good deal of complexity mid palette. Elements of Porter, Barleywine, IPA, and Brown Ale all jumbled together.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured deep red with a light tan head. Rotten fruit and wet socks aroma reminded me of several cheap amber ales. Cloying sugary flavor- this is much too sweet, and the sugars offset the nutty notes. Over time, complexity improved and I noted nuttiness, toast, caramel, brown sugar (strong), chocolate, and a touch of cherry in the finish. The body is too thin to carry the sugar-dominated palate. I prefer earthier, nuttier examples of the style.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown color with hints of red, a light creamy head – brussels lace, an excellent malty aroma – caramel and brown-sugar as well, lightly hoppy, a touch of alcohol; strong roasted malt flavor, definite hop presence though not overwhelming, caramel, a touch of bitterness and alcohol, nice rich texture