desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany to black body, miniscule tan head that quickly dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel and coffee. It initially tastes of malt and coffee, then the hops kick in at the finish. Enjoyable.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
As far as appearance goes, you could easily confuse this for a stout. Nearly black but a deep garnet red shows through when held to a light. Off-white, creamy head. Intricate lacing. Roasted coffee aroma and maybe a hint of citrusy sourness. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Delicate but vigorous carbonation. Brown-sugary malts up front with a rising hint of dark chocolate. Alcohol is ever-so-slightly apparent. The hops assert themselves quite well in the finish.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
By the name, I anticipated a little more hops than I found here. Definitely different. Lots more carbonation and roasted tones than found in most brown ales. The hops merely counterbalance the maltiness. This is a very queching beer, and well worth a try.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a unique and, IMHO, most excellent brew. It is, indeed, different. I've never had anything quite like it and that may put some off...but I find it delicious and quite drinkable. Very good.
GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an interesting taste, but not surprising coming from dogfish head. There is a chocolate taste and a little java hint. The sweet bitter taste was very welcome. It was a good topper to the evening of good eats and better beer.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, thick head, and a sweet caramel aroma. Sweet roasted malts and bitter hops flavor make this beer unique.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cocoa, caramel, faint roastiness and darkly sweet malt in the aroma. Dark red-brown in color, filtered. Roasty, toasty malt, breadiness, slightly burnt brown sugar, earthy coffee grounds and a healthy dosage of hop bitterness and spice all enter the picture at once. Finish is bittersweet and body is medium-full, surprisingly light and carbonated on the palate. Different and tasty.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stunning clarity in this copper body. Aroma is spicy hops. The malt is rich and complex: lots of Scottish peat, smoke, hop spice and a little fruit. This is excellent beer. The problem is that it should be compared to Scottish Ale rather than Brown Ale--it's so damned rich, other browns wouldn't have a chance. Wow. Funny, but this reminds me of a really good Doppelbock.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 When I think "dogfish head", I think IPA, and this brown definately has roots of an IPA, very hoppy, but unique... it kinda grows on you! The brown sugar / molasses aroma is very nice!
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, a great deal of complxity. Goregeous lace, a tan tight head, very deep mahogany color. Well roasted and nutty nose with hints of toffee. Very nutty flavor, followed by a well balanced, long drawn out finish. Hints of sweet milk chocolate and plenty of caramel. Only hints of the 7.2 %. Velvety soft, nice and roastey palate among the well hopped finish. Great balance, lots of complexity, awesome brew.