papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby brown color with a big mocha head. Sweet caramel and light coffee nose. Complex flavors: a little chocolate, a hint of coffee and a touch of burnt sugar. A nice bitter sweet aftertaste. An awesome brew, but kinda pricey.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great deep brown color with red accents topped with a medium thick to thick creamy lasting head with lots of lace. Slightly sweet malty aroma with a slight coffee aroma and hoppy accents. Strong malty flavor with coffee accents and a touch of alcohol. Good coffee flavored finish. Slightly warming, full bodied with a slight dryness.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmmmmm. Poured a clear ruby brown with a tannish white head. Left some nice lacing and had good head retention. Chocolate and malty aroma. Too many oddly paired flavors for me - sweetness, chocolate, malt, bubble gum, hops, and nuttiness. Bitter and chocolate aftertaste. Slightly chalky mouthfeel.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown colour with a tan head. Mellow chocolate aroma. Healthy hop bitterness with nice nutty toasty malt notes. Great balance, complexity, and mouthfeel.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish color with a small but long-lasting head. Aroma is hoppy and slightly sweet. Flavor is unusually hoppy for a brown ale (at least in my humble opinion), but good, with a decent amount of malt and brown sugar in the flavor as well. Overall a very good brown ale. Would definitely have it again.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma first gave off a bubblegum (Belgian yeast maybe) tone, and then a hops bitterness one. The flavor was slightly acidic, and malty sweet...different. Some kind of spice is present...similar to cinnamon!? Dark brown color with a very small, tight head.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 wow... my second beer from this brewery and I think I like their style. This brew, like the other I tried, is something out the ordinary, but is reminiscent of a few styles as the description states. Tasty goodness
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is dark brown (almost black) with flecks of ruby and has perfect clarity. The head is thin, cappuccino-colored and quickly dissipating. The nose is somewhat aggressive with strong hints of citrusy hops and coffee with a slight nuance of burnt grains. The medium-bodied palate also carries the strong nuance of coffee, subtle hop astringency and wonderful sweet malt, finishing well with a lovely bitter/sweet balance.
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good Strong Ale!
Ernest (6517) - 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 don’t like acidity of this level in a brown ale.