maxwellplum (54) - USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark brown ale, lots of things going on in this one. It is sweet, malty, and finished with carmel for me. Nice kick too. This is a good brew, I'll go back for more.
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good but heavy brown ale. A little to sweet for my taste, but they have done a great job creating a unique brew. Darker than a brown. Winey notes due to alcohol. These guys really make strong brews.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured a dark brown/black with barely any head. The nose was like chocolate smoke. The taste was like a hoppy carbonated coffee. It was pleasant, but definately not a session beer. Because of the thickness and alcohol content (7.2%), this beer is much better suited for the cold winter months. I'll be sure to have some more this coming winter.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Pours a dark mahognay with a decent 2cm tan head which fizzles into some nice lace after a couple minutes. Nose is sort carmelly. Start is kinda of malty and theres some alcohol present too, while the finish smooths out into a more caramel flavor. The carbonation is good, and the palate is medium. This is an interesting brew, allthough I can honestly say that I dont taste any IPA in this, like the brewers said...(6/4/7/4/15 3.6)~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~Only took me 9 years to re-visit this beer. 16 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is a bit roasty with some herbal hop character. Lightly metallic. Decent. Transparent cola-colored body with a medium cream-colored head with good lacing present. Starts a little sweet with some mild chocolate hints. Becomes toasted, lightly burnt and chewy in the middle. More burnt tannins come in the finish later on. A little heavy on the body, but decent.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 Smells roasty/malty/caramel/coffe/chocolate.Pours out a deep ruby,w/ a quick brown tinted head(yum)some lace that held on long after the beer was drank.Tastes like it smells roasty/malty/w/ some hops in there.Roasted coffe/chocolate-malt/hop balance.Very smooth on the palate(easy to drink). Another great brew from this wonderful brewery.The hops are very well intregrated.Damn good stuff!
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful pour with head to match. The initial taste was a bit different, resembling a wine or fortified wine like sherry. The aftertaste was smoky and pretty good. Not bad but still not that good for a brown ale. The Samuel Smith Nut brown was much better.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an odd one but I liked it quite a bit. Hops and malt are quite evident in the aromas. Taste is sugary-malty hints of roasted and chocolate flavors. There are plenty of hop flavors in there also. IMHO does not belong in the "Brown Ale" category.
MaBeer1972 (1398) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I very heavy Brown Ale. Probably a little too complex of a flavor in my book. The alcohol tends to overwhelm the hops-malts battle. Otherwise, I think it would show more promise.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally a brown ale with character! I've always felt that a typical brown ale is very mild in flavor, non-descript, harmless etc. This one sets a new standard for brown ales - finally some flavor and personality!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big toasty head. Aroma is toasted malt and nuts. Color is deep brown. Flavor is big malts with a light hoppy finish. Not as hopy as some beers i.e. victory old horizontal or storm king. A dam good brown ale.