Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured deep red with a light tan head. Rotten fruit and wet socks aroma reminded me of several cheap amber ales. Cloying sugary flavor- this is much too sweet, and the sugars offset the nutty notes. Over time, complexity improved and I noted nuttiness, toast, caramel, brown sugar (strong), chocolate, and a touch of cherry in the finish. The body is too thin to carry the sugar-dominated palate. I prefer earthier, nuttier examples of the style.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown color with hints of red, a light creamy head – brussels lace, an excellent malty aroma – caramel and brown-sugar as well, lightly hoppy, a touch of alcohol; strong roasted malt flavor, definite hop presence though not overwhelming, caramel, a touch of bitterness and alcohol, nice rich texture
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle into the pint glass with reddish brown body with a tan colored 2 inch tall rocky head. Initially the beer had a lot of carbonation streamers which died down shortly taking the head with them. There was quite a bit of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Porter-ish, with tones of dark roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol. The taste was nuttier, sweeter, and drier than a Porter with lots of hop bitterness. There was also a good deal of complexity mid palette with hints of licorice, raisins, rum, and caramel. The aftertaste was very dominated by alcohol. In my opinion this beer defies being shoehorned into any style, with elements of Porter, Barleywine, IPA, and Brown Ale all jumbled together. A very good find at Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga, Tennessee (but Ziggy’s had it too).
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an amazing beer. Pours deep brown, with a good sized head. I tastes hints of hops, malt, raisins, caramel, toffee, Worcestershire sauce, and also some portery/stouty flavors like coffee and chocolate. Definitely one of the most complex brown ales (or any beer for that matter). For my money, one of the top 10 brown ales in the world.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Nice brown ale. This is unique in that it is much more hoppy and has more alcohol than other nut brown ales. Kind of like an IPA-ish nut brown ale, as weird as that sounds. Pours a dark brown mahogany with an off-white head. Aroma of leafy hops and some coffee roastiness. Taste is of hops, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, pipe tobacco, roastyness and ends with some citrus. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy with lively carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets. Great head retention. Better than I thought it would be. Delicious.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
HEY GUYS LET'S PUT LOTS OF HOPS IN A BROWN ALE PEOPLE WILL BUY THAT
This beer has a nice caramel-sweet backbone, but otherwise it's mostly bitter and citrusy hops. This is sort of a roll-your-eyes "whatever" beer - it tastes good but it's overdone.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color with a moderate head. Nose is sweet caramel with some hops. Flavour is sweet with a bitter hoppiness. Dogfish Head gets an A for effort on this beer, but its lack of balance hurts it in the end.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - MAR 28, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Terrible. Simply a bad taste. I've generally stopped rating beers, but I had to make an exception in this case.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this beer poured dark brown and clear from a bottle. the aromas was chocolatey and with coffee and nuts. my first recollection was of an upfront bitter/hop flavor that lasted throughout. this beer finished hoppy with strong bite with sweet malt and caramel. a unique beer!
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coca cola hue with an off white head. Roasted malt and coffee nose. Porter like pleasant dry and crisp roasted malt flavour with a long coffee like finish. A fantastic beer with a great caramel back bone.