KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Dogfish Head seems to have a monopoly on the "overpriced beer" market. This stuff is mediocre at best, and at $9 for a sixer, I damn sure expected more. Big disappointment, but much better than that putrid Raison d’Etre.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I only had one word to describe this beer, it’d be "rich." But, I’ll throw in a few more for good measure. Extremely dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin, tan head. Nice malty aroma. The flavor is, well, rich. Extremely malty with hints of toasted nut, coffee, chocolate ... bitter hoppiness, too. If it had been a blind test, I would’ve said this was a porter ... and a damned good one.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A thick light brown head over a dark brown, ruby tinted beer. Has a sticky lace as well. Rich malty aroma, molasses, dates, demerara sugar and some warm spiciness. A touch of toasty aroma as well. Very full-bodied beer. Sweet malts, dates, toasted nuts, a touch of chocolate, leather, and toast. A touch of bitterness on the finish, but not as hoppy as I was expecting. Alcohol is perceptable but nicely warming. Reminds me of some Czech dunkels even though it is clearly an ale. Why is this a brown ale and not a dubbel?
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted malt nose with hints of caramel. A bit sweet up front with hints of chocolate malt. Traces of hops in the middle, with a malty smooth finish. Excellent brew.
hershiser2 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Deep brown, tiny frothy head. Smells sweet, but also very ordinary. Roasted and toasted bready flavor, somewhat like burnt toast. Nothing overly appealing, but not bad.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty nose with a creamy, spotted head. I have to get past the deepmalt to notice the hops, but they are there. Excellent for this time of year. Alcohol is tasted as it should be, but not overdone. Small bitterness on the finish, but well balanced. Very nice brown.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark mahogany, rocky tan head. The nose is very malty with coffee, caramel, and brown sugar, some dark fruitiness, with a slight hint of earthy hops. The malt stands out initially, but the hops do jump up to fight off the sweetness. Alcohol shows a bit as it warms. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry malty finish. For a brown ale, might just be the best I’ve ever had. Another great brew from these guys...
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Puor like a mahogany table, think and strong and dark. Brown head, very nice. Fruity aroma, nuts and malts. The rtasy was quite good. I enjoyed the brown sugar in there. great beer
singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good beer. I like the pirate suggestion in the previous rating, very fitting, though I’m not sure why. Definately mainly a cross between an IPA and a brown ale. Both styles are combined so well to form this great beer yet are distincly separate from one another. Beautiful red-brown color, with a single layer head of bubbles on top. The light carbonation goes well with this beer. Sweet malty aroma. Contains hints of roasted earthiness, wood, dark chocolate, molasses like sweetness, slight hops. Awesome flavor as well. Notes of roasted nutiness, chestnut, coffee flavors, earhiness, very nice sweetness the brown sugar. Excellent beer and very enjoyable. Wish I could buy it here.
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This brown ale is thick, strong, and definitely pirate-worthy. Don’t ask me what pirates have to do with this beer, just drink it and you’ll know what I mean.