Travlr (21409) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Busboys and Poets. Very dark maroon with a medium beige head that lingers. Aroma of cocoa and vanilla. Flavor is butterscotch at first, then roasted coffee and pine nuts. Very rich and tasty. On of the nicer Dogfish Heads.
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. Clear deep amber beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel and chocolate aroma, cocoa powder, vanilla notes, roasted, toffee, hop notes. Hoppy roasted flavor, caramel, chocolate, cream notes, grassy hops, floral, cocoa powder, some licorice. Full bodied snd really tasty.
Rasmus40 (17530) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 050214
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle from a trade with a non-RBer. I mean in what way is this a brown ale? Yes, it’s a nice beer, but really an Indian Brown Ale, what is that? It’s a malty choccy beer, a strong (stout) porter perhaps, but a brown ale? Growing up in the pubs of 1950s East Cheam, brown ale never tasted like this, or am I confusing myself with Tony Hancock again? Innit marvellous! Or perhaps there’s a joke here that I’m not getting? It’s got some American hop on aroma and then a rich lush dry malt mouthfeel and flavour and yet remains with some juiciness. Crunchy milk choc malt. As much as I like the US beer scene, sometimes I’m left in complete disbelief. Anyway, forgetting the IBA problem, is the beer any good? Reminds me a bit of Wychwood Hobgoblin with a bit more hop and alcohol, an Imperial Hobgoblin perhaps. Bit too syrupy on the malts maybe.
Beerhunter111 (16972) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Kaffee, Karamell. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, leicht bitterer Abgang.
Theydon_Bois (16853) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home (Beermongers, Portland) 22/11/12.
Very dark mahogony brown with a big frothy tan head.
Nose comprises caramel malts, hops, metallic and mineral tones, barley, light dark fruits and a touch of cocoa.
Tastes of malt, barley, hops, toffee, raisens, chocolate.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate.
Decent - although my memories of having had it on tap at Rehoboth a few years back were that of a beer a few marks higher!
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, nuts, roast malt, bitter hops, little flowers and has a bitter finish.
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. A dark brown beer, unclear, and topped by a dark beige head. It’s roasted and lightly piney on the nose, some coffee and a touch of the alcohol. Roasted malts, coffee notes, some brown sugar and a good dash of piney, resiny hops and bitterness. Full body, soft carbonation and semi-dry on the palate. Lasting roasted finish with a fine bitterness. A quite wonderful amalgation of beer styles. I’d say IPA and brown ale, even though the brewery says scotch, IPA and APA. 150621
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a very dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a thin tan head.
S: Smells really roasty with some nice chocolate and earthy hop notes. There is a strange aroma that seems to be chlorine, but it’s sort of in the background. Some pretty decent coffee notes too.
T: Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Pretty bitter with a nice earthy hop profile. A nice toffee flavor and some toasted malt notes.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The strange chlorine thing was a bit of a black mark on this beer, but otherwise, this is damn good.
Oakes (15615) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2000
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
While it is totally unique, I just couldn’t get into this for some reason. I think it was those bubblegum notes. Where the hell did they come from?