bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown color with a thin head; very smooth with a definite coffee taste and a lingering bitterness
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 04.17.04 Dark brown, average head that fades to a film. Aromas of lightly roasted coffees, choco malts, burnt marshmallow. Flavors follow in suit with the aromas. A bit sugary and sweet along the lines of oatmeal with brown sugar. This beer is eerily reminiscent of a doppelbock, but has the creamy texture of a strong ale. Really a complex beer whe you think about it, yet simple in its concept. One of the better brown ales I've tasted, but not a great beer. Is there a great brown ale out there? Anyway, this beer has a surprising, though mild, bitternes for a brown ale and a light astringency in the aftertaste/finish. I like it.
canary dog (743) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 A very dark and incredibly rich brown ale. Sweet, with an almost threatening hop bitterness, but it doesn’t really go there. Smooth finish. Perhaps a little too sweet, overall. Could taste like a cross between a rich Marzen and a black lager, with a touch of true hoppiness to balance it out. A fine brew.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with an awesome frothy head that lasts through most of the glass and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasty, caramel; it's very nice although slightly weak. Flavor is nice and roasty up front with a hint of coffee, caramel. Hops are delayed for quite a while, I think by the sweetness of this beer, but they come through in the end for a nice, mellow finish. Feels very rich and creamy, but seems to go flat fairly quickly. Great brew!
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 This is certainly an interesting hybrid...a rich, roasty maltiness in flavor and aroma with lots of sweetness. Very rich with strong but balanced hops. I enjoyed it, maybe because I like doing things like mixing all of my food together.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle into the pint glass with reddish brown body with a tan colored head. Initially the beer had a lot of carbonation streamers which died down shortly taking the head with them. There was quite a bit of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Porter-ish, with tones of dark roasted malt, coffee, barley, and alcohol. The taste was nuttier, sweeter, and drier than a Porter with lots of hop bitterness. There was also a good deal of complexity mid palette. Elements of Porter, Barleywine, IPA, and Brown Ale all jumbled together.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured deep red with a light tan head. Rotten fruit and wet socks aroma reminded me of several cheap amber ales. Cloying sugary flavor- this is much too sweet, and the sugars offset the nutty notes. Over time, complexity improved and I noted nuttiness, toast, caramel, brown sugar (strong), chocolate, and a touch of cherry in the finish. The body is too thin to carry the sugar-dominated palate. I prefer earthier, nuttier examples of the style.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown color with hints of red, a light creamy head – brussels lace, an excellent malty aroma – caramel and brown-sugar as well, lightly hoppy, a touch of alcohol; strong roasted malt flavor, definite hop presence though not overwhelming, caramel, a touch of bitterness and alcohol, nice rich texture
rajendra82 (1048) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle into the pint glass with reddish brown body with a tan colored 2 inch tall rocky head. Initially the beer had a lot of carbonation streamers which died down shortly taking the head with them. There was quite a bit of lace around the glass. The aroma was very Porter-ish, with tones of dark roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol. The taste was nuttier, sweeter, and drier than a Porter with lots of hop bitterness. There was also a good deal of complexity mid palette with hints of licorice, raisins, rum, and caramel. The aftertaste was very dominated by alcohol. In my opinion this beer defies being shoehorned into any style, with elements of Porter, Barleywine, IPA, and Brown Ale all jumbled together. A very good find at Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga, Tennessee (but Ziggy’s had it too).
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an amazing beer. Pours deep brown, with a good sized head. I tastes hints of hops, malt, raisins, caramel, toffee, Worcestershire sauce, and also some portery/stouty flavors like coffee and chocolate. Definitely one of the most complex brown ales (or any beer for that matter). For my money, one of the top 10 brown ales in the world.