BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a lacy tan head. Lots of roasted malt in the flavor without being overpowering. Sweet and sugary with a very mild hop aftertaste. Very smooth and tasty.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, not much of a head to speak of. Roasted malt aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Hops are not overwhelming but present. Very nicely done.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown color, with a short lived head. Sweet roasty and caramel aromas. Taste is also roasted malt, sugar, coffee and nutty as well. Very enjoyable experience.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, iwth a nice toffee colored head. Has the caramel aroma that I expect from a brown ale, but there are hops hiding there as well. Shares the roastiness and coffee notes of a porter with some pretty agressive hopping. Very nice.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hopped up brown ale. Dark brown color. Good caramel malt aroma coupled with hop aroma. Good deal of bitterness in there also, but not too much. Full mouthfeel.
jtw (1141) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
earthy smoky aroma, lots of malt in there. deep ruby brown, good roasty nutty taste. superb mouthfeel, smooth and balanced. good beer. would be great with some beer jerky!
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
brownish hue, rich & smooth feeling in your mouth, nice hoppy, nutty caramel flavor. good bittersweet ending.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer poured a dark brown, and has a nice nutty, caramel aroma. Flavor is great, I really liked this brew, Dogfish know what they’re doing!
Pailhead (5660) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, and some roastiness. Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Barely transparent when held to the light. Nice tan head with fair retention. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, coffee, roastiness, and grapefruit. Good balance of malts and hops. Starts a little on the sweet side and finishes slightly bitter with more of a sweet aftertaste. This is a different tasting beer. Seems like a cross between an IPA, a stout, and a brown ale. Definitely not your ordinary brown ale.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown pour with tan head. Aromas are pretty intense. Lots of toasted malt, bread, a little graham cracker, and some hops. Smooth and rich in the mouth, with all the flavors present that the nose hinted at with a little more earthy overtone to everything and a slight bit more chocolate flavor. Dry, earthy/spicey charicteristic in the finish. Very good. Perfect for me to knock back during a Buckeye or Browns game.