BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish brown with a small head. Taste is sweet caramel malt and light hops. It has a different flavor than any other brown ale Iíve had. Good stuff.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber ruby color with tan head & moderate carbonation. The aroma is well balanced with a nice nutty caramel body. Flavor is smokey with some alcohol & tons of caramel malts. Very balanced and tasty brown ale. I like this one! Thanks to <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 for the birthday beers!
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This beer is beautiful deep, dark, ruby colored ale with a small tan head that thins and lasts the whole time youíre drinking. This beer has a unique taste, probably from the strange blend(?) described. Has loads of roasted malt on the nose, caramel, vanilla, and bitter hops. Opens up sweet with caramel and malt flavors, then quickly bitters with IPA type hops taste, then if you hold it in your mouth for longer goes back to being sweet with earthy, smokey, raisin, apple, beet, and slight nut flavors. Somehow the hop bitterness seems to come and go, while the sweet flavors in this beer change in your mouth. Wonderfull. The aftertaste lingers incredibly long on this beer, with lots of chewy chocolate, and some american pale-like hops. A wonderfully complex brown ale. Maybe the best Iíve had.
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 2004 bottle. Other than the fact that this is filtered, it pours a wonderful looking mahogany brown with some dark auburns and more dark browns. Small beige head, creamy and thick. Aroma of light espresso/dark roast, chocolate, some hints of roastiness and some rootiness. Flavor is even better. Starts out with some light roastiness and some chocolate, gets smooth and sweet, with some spicy earthy/root type thing goin on. The hops are definitely the most interesting thing. They sorta waver in and out of the palate. Not too bitter, just good and flavorful, clean and fresh they add more complexities but dont throw the balance off. The caramelized brown sugar is definitely felt on the finish BUT mostly in the aftertaste, which is tremendously flavorful and lingering. I have a lovely sticky sweetness lingering on my palate. Not too sweet, as the coffee balances it and some hoppy residues remain. Some drawbacks are a bit too much carbonation in the bottle, and perhaps a bit too heavy on the brown sugar. Wow this stuff is awesome though. Unique and great. Itís funny that I come to expect this from DFH. Oh ya, I would never guess in a million years this was above 5 percent abv.
On draught Feb 2005 @ Bukowskiís Inman Square Roasty/nutty aroma, with some light tobacco, a touch of bitter hops and some caramel malt. Flavor not quite up to par with the bottled sample, while it still has a good malt and sugar base from the, surprise, malt and sugar, I wasnt nearly as excited as the bottle. Ginger a bit too noticeable in the body, as this one seemed more dry and astringent. Dropping it down a few points, but I still want to rerate another bottle.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very roasty and very chocolately. Whatever the hybrid cross breeding the description says its great!!! Dark Volcanic Glass look, Big Flavors, hoppy bitter, smooth, full bodied, very very nice beer. My best brown. Those of you reading Dogfish and not consuming any dogfish, youíre really missing out on a terrific brewery.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Deep ruby color with thin beige head. Did not last long though with some lacing. Wonderful caramel, vanilla aroma with some hoppiness. This smells like a winner. Definite sweet caramel, roasted malt flavor and burnt sugar is apparent with some bitterness. Not a typical brown, flavorful albeit a little odd. Very palatable but a little thin. I like the whole package. Good session beer.
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
The first sip of this beer gave me a very good impression. Great aroma and flavor, nice color and an overall good impression. But I noticed that the longer I drank this beer, my tongue became laden with an overiding bitterness that became increasingly unpleasant. As the night wore on, I kept wishing the beer go away. Itís like finding the hottest girl you ever met, start dating her and later realizing that the baggage ainít worth the looks. I wonít buy it again. Perhaps IPAís were simply meant to be IPAís...not brown ales. Worth a try though......out!
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep brown appearance with medium head, thin lasting throughout. Good roasted malts, small hops aroma. Well balanced hops and malts. Decent sugar, sweet caramel flavor. Great beer. My 100th rating. Travled to over four countries. Many beers. Many, many more.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a solid brownish red in color w/ very little head.
Extremly creamy w/ little carbonation
smelled of roasted malts w/ carmel and something a bit sweet behind that I could not identify.
a good flavor... roasted and carmely very smooth nice even flavor
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle at Strawbridges. Delicious brew: hopped up Scotch ale or a "brown" IPA. The beer starts with lots of tasty aromatic hops, then moves to a sweet malty middle and finishes with hop bitter. Ethanol is not noticeable