HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color with a lasting head. Aroma is sweet and leathery? The initial taste is sweet and scottish followed by a terrific hop bitterness. Very drinkable. The more I drink the more I like it.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish pour with puffy head. Sweet malty aroma. Full body with chocolate, caramel, bitterness and coffee. Kind of weird, but it is DFH, right?
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating # 410
Yet another beer that pours a dark mahogany body and a frothy kaki colored head! What’s with DFH beers and the roasted red pepper smell I detect every time I inhale? The aroma is of wet cardboard, oatmeal, coffee, a nodule of chocolate, and roasted chipolata peppers…… did I mention wet cardboard?
I don’t get it? This brewery makes some stuff I love, Amazing Masterpieces…. And then there is stuff like this that is just mediocre…… and then there is the Shelter Pale Ale that is donkey sack sweat!
Flavor: Bakers chocolate, cold day old coffee, toasty grains… oatmeal, cracked wheat….. hoppy but woody finish…… a some-what Boring brown ale IMO! Big ABV though, and silky creamy palate which makes it more interesting!
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think these guys are trying too hard to be different. Nice brown color with some head.Not much aroma. Taste is too sweet. The alcohol flavor and feel take over too much for my liking. Not bad but not for me.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with a bright garmet tint when held to the light. Cream colored head with nice lace throughout. Roasted grain and dark malt aromas. Light mocha sweetness in the start with rich grains. Different than the average brown. Almost a cross between a brown porter and a sweet stout. Smooth and creamy feel.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting. I'm not rating this "to style" of a Brown Ale, because it doesn't really fit there. It definately has some Brown characteristics, but it's far more than that.
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that didn't last very long but left some lacing.
Smells like molases with some hops thrown in.
Tastes...interesting. Far more flavor here than in a typical Brown. It's got nuts, molases and hops going on.
Mouthfeel is far better than your average Brown. There's quite a bit of body here.
Drinkability is good. I usually don't like Browns but I'll gladly have this one again.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2004 12oz Bottle packaged in Nov. 03 Finally DFH is available in Florida! This one poured a deep mahogany brown with a fairly good size head that has some staying power. Aroma is a nutty malty one with a slight roastiness and a bit of yeast as well. Body is medium and very smooth. Flavor is lacking a bit. Some roasted malt but no sign of brown sugar detected. Alcohol is well masked. A tad too bitter also. Overall a fair brew yet not something I'd drink on a regular basis.
zach8270 (3579) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a deep brown/mahogany with a thick and fluffy tan head. Aroma of malt mixed with hazelnut. You can definitely detect the Scotch Ale in the taste followed up by a malty and bitter finish.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a sharp hazelnut and sugar aroma and has a trace of the Scotch Ale with brown sugar in its flavor along with the IPA bite. Another winner from Dogfish Head.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, light russet. Well retained creamy, sandy-layered foam. Succulent raisiny/toffee malt aroma highlighted by dark cane sugar, bandage, root, and leafy hop undertones. Simultaneously rich and rounded as the malts are slightly raw and powdery. Mellow thickness on the tongue. Creamy carbonation. Fresh, raw malt flavors and mild medicine at the forefront capped with a leather, mineral, and raisin twinge. Leafy hops slice through the sweetness with ease as the woody yeast character lends a bit of dryness. Finishes richly malty, rooty, and lightly grainy with a banadage, medicine, cane sugar, and hazelnut coffee trailing. Stupendous strong brown ale with remarkably-composed sweetness.