Pailhead (5274) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, and some roastiness. Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Barely transparent when held to the light. Nice tan head with fair retention. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, coffee, roastiness, and grapefruit. Good balance of malts and hops. Starts a little on the sweet side and finishes slightly bitter with more of a sweet aftertaste. This is a different tasting beer. Seems like a cross between an IPA, a stout, and a brown ale. Definitely not your ordinary brown ale.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown pour with tan head. Aromas are pretty intense. Lots of toasted malt, bread, a little graham cracker, and some hops. Smooth and rich in the mouth, with all the flavors present that the nose hinted at with a little more earthy overtone to everything and a slight bit more chocolate flavor. Dry, earthy/spicey charicteristic in the finish. Very good. Perfect for me to knock back during a Buckeye or Browns game.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear deep brown/red with a beige head. aroma of dark bready malt, brown sugar and earthy hops. nice mlaty front with the hops dancing around in the finish. an ineresting take on a brown ale. very nice.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
120z bottle dated 04/04 Not too appealing of a head, but gorgeous brunette red-head color. Smells like a tootsie roll...faint smoke too...a wacky combination of malt, hops and yeast. A real chewy nutball of a beer. Wacky pubby brown, perhaps a touch acrid but that may just be a slightly harsh bitterness from the hops...Drained while the rain faded near the Vrain.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown and reminds me a brazillian coffee during the rainy season. The aroma is quite lacking but the appearance is nice due to the small tan head that lingers throughout. The beer is quire easy to drink. There is a two fold reason for this. The alcohol is masked well but not by a spectacular tasting beer. I dont think there is anything exciting about this beer. Its is quite hoppy but beyond that I can’t really recommend it based on flavor.
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a darker mahagony with a small tan head. Heavy brown sugar and molasses aromas. Sweet tasting (like the smells) but with a nice bitter balance. Alcohol well hidden. Another good beer from the folks at Dogfish Head.
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer here. Nice and dark with a great flavor and the 7.2% is a bonus. The hops are nice too.. me likey. Very interesting and unique beer. Try it. Sorry I can’t think of anything else, I gave blood today.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark. Ok head. Aroma is developed, nutty. Taste is malty, some dark fruits and bitter. The makings of a good beer, but it just didn’t come together quite right.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I usually don’t like Brown Ales, but I was intrigued by the idea of an IBA -- and was very impressed. A hoppy Brown Ale makes an Interesting brown ale with a bit of a kick. Well done and very drinkable for a brown. Will have more.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a reddish brown with a big tan head. Aroma of malt chocolate and brown sugar. Nice chocolate malt brown sugar and fruity citrus taste. You can taste the alcohol in this one. This is good stufff.