xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 More flavor than most other brown ales. The hoppy finish really helped this one out. I don't usually like brown ales but this isn't too bad.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
deepest darkest amber. medium sized head that disappated quickly. more malty than hoppy
HighlanderOne (989) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice stuff. Looks like stained oak in the glass, and has a sort of woody flavor. Good hop/malt balance. Another winner by DFH.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I must admit it took me a while to tune my tastebuds for this ale. I've never been a fan of brown ales, and even though I see this is a well made brew, I find the carmelized brown sugar malt flavor a little harsh. This ale does have a nice bitter finish that saves it a little for me though.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I enjoyed this brown ale. Right amount of sweetness and bite. Very good brown ale, not like anything ive had before.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This chestnut brown beer pours with a medium tan head that displays excellent retention. As it slowly fades, it leaves behind a layer of film that hints at maltiness in the beer. It also leaves more of a sheeting than a lace on the glass sides. The aroma is nutty, with a quality I can't quite pinpoint. Almost like a chocolate malted milkshake. Very little hops going on there. The flavor is strong on roasted malt, with some very evident chocolate notes. A bit of english walnut slides in as well. Alcohol is very apparent on the finish, as is strong roasted coffee notes. Very flavorful and powerful for a brown. A bit of bitterness is also there, but it seems more like coffee bitterness than hops. The sweetness seems to come from the alcohol, but there is a big malt background to back this beer.
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brown color with a tasty creamy head. Good balance of hops and malt with a bit of a toasted flavor. I'd definitely get this again.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red-brown, diminishing tan head. Fully malty, solid hoppiness in both aroma and flavor. Some roast. Quite tasty.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very aromatic brown with a beautiful color and nice creamy head. Excellent flavor - smooth and malty - but the alcohol content adds too much of a tang to finish. I don't understand aracauna's comments below -- the nose-tickle at the end ruins the experience. If the brewers would cut back on the Scotch Ale factor, this would be an excellent brown. As it is, it's not worth the price.
1more4dessert (329) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with medium lasting head. Nice maltiness at first blush but the hops definately kick up the finish. Hoppier than most browns which makes it score high in my book. I was afraid that tasting it after 2 draft 90min DFH offerings that it would not register - I was surprised