eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, raison, toasted bread, and caramel. Nice thick malty body. Has a sweet raison taste complimented by a thick burnt bread taste. Finishes mostly sweet and slightly dry with a slight warming sensation from the alcohol.
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It’s like a watered down Orkney Skull Splitter combined with a Smithwick’s (not a fan of either product). No real smell to it either, but the color is nice and dark. ($1.80/12oz)
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark garnet with no head-just a ring of bubbles. Nose is sweet and coffee like. Taste-notes of chicory, cherry cough drops, and some residual hop bitterness. Very, very sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is way, way, way too sweet to enjoy.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 12oz bottle from the cellar. Served @ 57° in my NB worthy glass. Pours dark reddish tinted brown with a fair sized sand colored head. The nutty aroma wafts up while I am pouring the beer out. When I stick my nose in the glass, it is more of the same nutty aroma, with some malty undertones, and possibly a touch of heavy roast. Taste is malty, somewhat roasty with coffee notes, but with some hops midway and even more hops on the finish, which eventually gives way to a malty, sweetish finish, no doubt helped by the caramelized brown sugar. Despite being sweetish on the finish, it is far from cloying. This seems to avoid the excessive maltiness sometimes present in these beers and makes it into a decent session beer. I would have never guessed 7.2%, but that sugar addition has to contribute something more than sweetness...
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
got this beer in a dogfish head variety case and was pleasantly surprise. very dark brown ale with deep malt flavor as well as nice hoppy bite. im a fan.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear medium brown with a small cream colored head that lasted for a while. Those twisted folks at the Dogfish Head Brewery have managed to seamlessly combine the rich maltiness of a traditional brown ale with the astringent hop bite of an American IPA. A winner.
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Real nutty aroma with caramel and brown sugar. The brown sugar is the predominant taste here. Lighter on hops than I expected. Good deal of carbonation but it works for this beer. Finishes nice and flavorful. Good beer.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) This is a fine example of the completely disrespectful way American brewers approach traditions. From the name you would expect this to be a hybrid between a Brown Ale and an IPA, but the brewery claims it to be a hybrid between a Scotch Ale, a American Pale Ale and an IPA. But a curious hybrid it is. Very dark mahogany, brownish head, very malty (burned malt). The 50 IBU are pretty well hidden underneath the sweetness of the malt - to some extent. Quite an extreme brew.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe it was my six-pack, but I found the malty character of this beer to outweigh the hops, which made me feel jipped because I was promised a cross-breed beer. Just the same, I liked the beer all right. Maybe I’ll try it as it is intended later.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar Temp. Dark brown. Butter and caramel aroma. Decent residual head. Very well done. Figs and smooth malt lay across a sweet backbone of brown sugar. Superbly balanced. After effects are consuming. A home run for the brewery that swings at everything.