argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(growler) Medium beige head, clear mahogany body. Aroms is medium sweet, nutty, chocolate, some caramel, light anuse. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, nutty, some cherry, faint anise alcohol. Also moderate bitterness (Simcoe?) -- earthy, citrus, bit of mint. Medium body, some resin. Improved once it warmed some.
hopscotch (8215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler... Very dark ale (dim lighting, but no penetration) with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. Evergreen, grapefruit, chocolate and a dash of mint in the nose. Chocolatey and moderately to highly bitter... too bitter for a brown ale. Kisses of alcohol and salt. Medium-bodied and resiny with medium carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Not really true to the style, but enjoyable. An India Brown Ale maybe? Thanks go out to Growler for the growler!
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from Growler. Poured a dark reddish/brown color with larger sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of nuts, caramel, and citrus. I never would have guessed it was 8%. This beer was very easy to drink.
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish, mahogany color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, caramel, nuts, light chocolate, cognac, and possibly some port as well. Taste of caramel, toffee, nuts and roast, with a pleasant hoppiness. The alcohol was there but for the most part it was hidden very well.
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler at jeffc666’s Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of jeffc666. Very dark brown body. Small tan head. Aroma is hoppy with light caramel and a nice malt backbone. Taste is roasted malts with some sweetned malt notes. Lots of hops in this along with light spice and caramel. Body is medium with moderate carbonation and light bitterness. Finishes with roastiness and more big hops. Light sweetened hints in this as well.
Dorwart (2266) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a big ornate growler. Great big head. Settles beautifully. Thick and dense. Dark brown in color with hints of red along the edges. Great lacing. Roasted malts and fruity hops with a little spice. Light to medium bodied , roasted malts, nice bitterness from a generous helping of hops. A little chocolate in there also. Creamy, roasty and bitter finish. Decent.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark almost opaque ruby/brown body topped by a dense creamy tan head. Glass lace is superb. Fruity citurs hop aroma followed by a nutty bit of roasted malt. Smells very fresh and enticing. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit hoppiness followed by medium sweet nutty roasted malt. Not overwhelmingly a brown ale, much hoppier. Medium dry palate, alcohol comes forward towards the end. An interesting beer. Here’s to O.D. doing more "excursions" in this vein.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Nose sweet, maple syrup. Quite malty and a bit spicy. Big maltiness, some rasin and cola-sweet. Vaguely smoky and a bit acidic. A mite overhopped. Decent brew, but tasted a bit like two different beers. Didn’t blend the flavors together particularly well.
jasonp (1556) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at jeffc666’s gathering, poured out of a growler. Clear dark brown with a light brown head. Interesting aroma; a blast of fresh pac nw hops and chocolate. Taste has notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and very heavy on the hops, which is fine with me but can understand the point that it detracts from the beers other qualities. Very full and malty. Moderately sweet, bitter aftertaste. Medium body but the overall feel is full and round. I want more of this.
BuckNaked (1231) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at jeffc666’s B-day gathering 2/6/05: Dark brown with ruby tints, small tan head, somewhat clear. Aroma: malt, tea, light fruits, light grapefruit. Flavor: chocolate, hops, sweet caramel, coffee. This was much more hoppy than the average brown, and I thought it would make a great session beer. Light-medium bodied.