rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmmmmm. Poured a clear ruby brown with a tannish white head. Left some nice lacing and had good head retention. Chocolate and malty aroma. Too many oddly paired flavors for me - sweetness, chocolate, malt, bubble gum, hops, and nuttiness. Bitter and chocolate aftertaste. Slightly chalky mouthfeel.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown colour with a tan head. Mellow chocolate aroma. Healthy hop bitterness with nice nutty toasty malt notes. Great balance, complexity, and mouthfeel.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish color with a small but long-lasting head. Aroma is hoppy and slightly sweet. Flavor is unusually hoppy for a brown ale (at least in my humble opinion), but good, with a decent amount of malt and brown sugar in the flavor as well. Overall a very good brown ale. Would definitely have it again.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma first gave off a bubblegum (Belgian yeast maybe) tone, and then a hops bitterness one. The flavor was slightly acidic, and malty sweet...different. Some kind of spice is present...similar to cinnamon!? Dark brown color with a very small, tight head.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 wow... my second beer from this brewery and I think I like their style. This brew, like the other I tried, is something out the ordinary, but is reminiscent of a few styles as the description states. Tasty goodness
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is dark brown (almost black) with flecks of ruby and has perfect clarity. The head is thin, cappuccino-colored and quickly dissipating. The nose is somewhat aggressive with strong hints of citrusy hops and coffee with a slight nuance of burnt grains. The medium-bodied palate also carries the strong nuance of coffee, subtle hop astringency and wonderful sweet malt, finishing well with a lovely bitter/sweet balance.
jgb9348 (4296) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good Strong Ale!
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nutty, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Decent, but I donít like acidity of this level in a brown ale.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
SMACK!!!! A roasty caramel awakening seeps from my glass...i could squeeze out the nut, caramel, malt, and floral/Golding hops out of my glass with a sponge. Distinct dark brown appearance which is magenta red in the light. Heavy head..beige in color, but lacing heavily and remaining quite creamy..probably one of my favorite things about this beer. The taste itself is pretty complex. You have something to the effect of a caramelized roasted barley effect right on the tongue...my favorite part of this...nice malty finish. Something of a nut and wood flavor dance around too..and during the drinking is when the aroma of those Goldings really become apparent. A very smooth drink, a good smack of a bite..some roastiness and chocolate hidden in there, a nice dry, but not horribly dry finish. I love the way it feels as those little bubbles and caramel base go over my tongue...Dogfish i love you!!!!! Thanks goes to akinm for donating a bottle to my drunken cause...thanks matt!
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What!!! the alcohol canít possibly be that high! I cant taste it at all oh man this rating just went up even more. the aroma is a little bland but it has some malty almost chocolatey notes. this beer looks great. rich brown color, very clear, well filtered. a light tan and very tight head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the pint glass. very pretty beer. very smooth body. flavor is a little sweet, a little toasty and rosty and as it warms up some bitterness sneaks out too. finishes very smooth, a hint of slightly roasted grain and a little friendly bitterness leave me wanting more. I am glad i got a six pack of this one.