Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured brown with a thin tan head...smell is sweet and malty, smelled very similiar to the Raison d’Etre...tasted a lot like a sweet scotch ale and not like a brown...raisins and hops...all I got...
lamas (1492) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is a mahogany with thick tan head. Aroma is of malts, brown sugar, raisins and a hint of coffee. Begins with some mildly sweet sugary malts and finishes with some sour hops. Finish is almost like lemon iced tea. Nice and full with some warming alcohol throughout.
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first Dogfish Head beer. Thin khaki head with one of the darkest shades of brown ive seen in a brown ale. Sweet chocolate aroma with a bit of malt thrown in. There is a little bready grain in the back ground, added with dark raisins, and a slight chocolate malt flavor. Somewhat bitter and tasting like a mild stout, but not as good as i had expected.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a solid brown ale. What all bron ales should aspire to come close to, then surpass. Balance is good, a little chocolate and nut in the taste.
DogfishKing (22) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Tasted strong at first but finished nicely. Fairly well balanced, good mouthfeel. Smell is a little strange. Overally I really enjoyed it.
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap at the saucer. a very dark brown with a thick head that ran for the hills quick. aroma is odd like an acorn or something oakey yet wet smelling. taste reminds me of the raison d’etre. a bit of sweetness and some caramel. slight doughy finish.
Tejas (944) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 Can’t put my finger on it but it smells somewhat odd. Borders on Porter qualities as far as flavors go. Smokier than other Brown Ales I’ve tried. Also, not as sweet. It’s missing that familiar nutty flavor that I"m used to in Brown Ales. Nevertheless, It is drinkable & smooth.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 This pours very dark brown with a nice but diminishing tan head. This brew is like a light porter with some hop presence. There’s a light bitter upfront and a trail with a bit of nuttiness, plumb, and chocolate. This is good for a brown ale, but it mostly served to bore me as just another "pretty good" micro. Nothing is too special about this one.
ElGaucho (2328) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Bottle. Dry, bittersweet chocolate aroma. Dark, ruby red. Average-sized off-white head. Mostly diminishing. Not much in the way of lace. Nice sharp flavor. Some chalk. Good punch. Alcohol is relatively subdued. Hides any flaws if there are any. Consumed at Jax 5th Ave. Deli & Ale House in Orlando. Oh, and btw, I really like the metallic pastel colors of DFH’s bottle caps. Their label art leaves something to be desired, but the caps really make me want to dig into the beer.
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée au Beverage Warehouse à Winooski, VT. Arôme: Odeur de caramel brûlé. Apparence: Couleur brune. Petit col beige. Légère dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel brûlé et d’alcool. Forte présence d’houblon. Arrière goût moyen. Palette: Corps léger, texture mince. Carbonisation moyenne. Arrière goût de brûlé. (Rating #72)