ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty flavor, some hops around, but not too many. Pretty much reminded me of a normal brown, no real hint of the alcohol present. Nicely balanced beer though.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great idea from Dogfish Head, in my opinion! You get the smooth, refined chocolate/coffee flavor of a brown ale with the hop bitterness and fruit of an IPA. The result is quite good, with enough bitterness to make this unmistakeably not just a brown ale, but it is too roasty and smooth to be an IPA, either. Great on tap if you can find it!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty good brown, like most browns and pretty bland, but unlike a lot of browns, and not watery, and it has great balanace. Aroma is carmel, brown sugar, pineapple, and a little alcohol. Taste is sweet, with nice balance, hops are noticable in brown? no way. Yeah, a good brown.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark brown in color and a fluffy tan head with great lacing. The aroma was raisns, malts, some hops and alcohol as well. The first thing I noticed in the flavor was the malts, and there was a rummy raisin taste, and it finished with a kick of hops. A very drinkable beer. With out thinking I was taking large gulps and not really trying to distinguish the flavors, just enjoying them together.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brown ale blew me away! Roasted malt, fresh bread, and carmel aroma. Very roasted, almost coffee like. Flavors of Roasted coffee, carmel rolls, toasted bread, slightly nutty, and alcohol spiciness. Very flavorful and full bodied. This is another example of the quality and talent of this brewery.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker Brown with a Tinge of Red Coloring. Small Head. Pretty Malty for a Brown Ale. Dry and Sweet. Decent, but Was Hoping for More.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Standard brown ale. Nothing remarkable or memorable. However, it still is a good overall beer.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 Original Rating, September 10, 2004: Dark red color with a thin head. Kind of a dusty malt aroma. The taste is not like any brown Iíve had: chocolate malt? Whereís the nut flavor? Quite dry as well. Not nearly what itís hyped up to be. 7/3/6/3/13 Re-rating, February 18, 2010: Dark mahogany color with a medium head. Aroma of sugar, nuts, chocolate and quite malty. First sip, massive chalky mouthfeel. Bone dry. Almost dusty. Walnut and light chocolate flavors. Much better than I remembered.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 Umm, yeah. Why is this a brown ale? Iíve not had many browns, but this has all the characteristics of a stout for me. So yeah, itís a good stout.
jimhilt (2457) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with light brown, two-fingered bubbly head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Light bodied. Deep amber color. Nose has a hint of hoppiness. Starts hoppy finishes like burnt coffee totally different from the usual browns (Brooklyn etc.) $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.