Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nutty, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Decent, but I donít like acidity of this level in a brown ale.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
SMACK!!!! A roasty caramel awakening seeps from my glass...i could squeeze out the nut, caramel, malt, and floral/Golding hops out of my glass with a sponge. Distinct dark brown appearance which is magenta red in the light. Heavy head..beige in color, but lacing heavily and remaining quite creamy..probably one of my favorite things about this beer. The taste itself is pretty complex. You have something to the effect of a caramelized roasted barley effect right on the tongue...my favorite part of this...nice malty finish. Something of a nut and wood flavor dance around too..and during the drinking is when the aroma of those Goldings really become apparent. A very smooth drink, a good smack of a bite..some roastiness and chocolate hidden in there, a nice dry, but not horribly dry finish. I love the way it feels as those little bubbles and caramel base go over my tongue...Dogfish i love you!!!!! Thanks goes to akinm for donating a bottle to my drunken cause...thanks matt!
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What!!! the alcohol canít possibly be that high! I cant taste it at all oh man this rating just went up even more. the aroma is a little bland but it has some malty almost chocolatey notes. this beer looks great. rich brown color, very clear, well filtered. a light tan and very tight head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the pint glass. very pretty beer. very smooth body. flavor is a little sweet, a little toasty and rosty and as it warms up some bitterness sneaks out too. finishes very smooth, a hint of slightly roasted grain and a little friendly bitterness leave me wanting more. I am glad i got a six pack of this one.
80skid (65) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid beer. Strong flavor, almost similar to a black and tan. The rather high alcohol content (7.2%) is well hidden. Bitter aftertaste.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown color with a rapidly diminishing head. Powerful aroma of brown sugar and burnt caramel, with a faint hop lingering in the end.
The description says well hopped but I didnít seem to notice in the flavor. Giant sugary sweet malt with a bit of spice, clean warming finish. This is one that I could drink all night long.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a deep amber color and a hops smell. Taste is mildly roasted/hoppy and it finishes refreshingly bitter. Overall I thought this was a very good beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 Deep brown color, quickly fading head. Huge malt flavor with a sweet flavor and aroma. Very unique. Ends bitter with a toffee caramel thing.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It might call itself a brown, but itís not my kind of one - really weird accents of fruit candies and odd, exotic spices in addition to more usual brown ale flavors. Too sophisticated? Is that possible?
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re rate: 12/11/03: Even better than I remembered. Yummy. Nicely malty sweet and not overly hopped. This is a great beer and second only to Immort Ale as the best that Dogfish Head has to offer.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great brown ale. Possibly my favorite of the style. Dark brown in color. Tan head. Tasted like brown sugar and malt. Try this brew from a great brewery.