stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, medium head and well carbonated. Served a little cold at the brewery. Mild hoppiness and malt flavors with a very clean smooth bitterness. Clean finish. Session.
Crit (3729) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber,lasting off white head.Great malt nose.Good light smooth malt flavor. A session beer
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium hop aroma.Fruity peach like flavor with mild hop flavor.Very smooth and easy drinking.From tap.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer rocks. I didn’t take any notes while drinking it. However, if you like other brown ales that I have rated highly, you won’t be disappointed with this one.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color. Small head on draft. Sweet malt aroma. Some cascade hop aroma. Sweet malt flavor with some roasty notes. Medium hop bitterness and definite cascades flavor. Medium body. Tasty beverage! Nice West Coast Amber.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber color, medium head. Roasted malts, medium hops. Medium hopped amber ale. Some malt sweetness. Good balance. Matly yet with a good hop bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good smooth taste, decent hop presence (Note: samlpled after Stone Ruination), great mouthfeel and fizziness, with a decent head and lace. Woell worth the hassle of obtaining more.
TAR (2595) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brew No. 874 Interesting aroma which includes phenols, caramel, hint of perfumey hops, and some woodiness. Perfect level of carbonation. Hazelnut and crystal malt flavors. Finishes with more phenolic notes and a wonderful malt structure. More like an amber ale/pale ale mix. Nevertheless, about as good as a beer in this style range can get.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nah. This reminds me of the pine needles I tasted in the Alba Scots Pine Ale. A bit like drinking a tree. I won’t say El Toro didn’t try. Only that they didn’t succeed. Much more of a pale ale than a brown ale (there’s no nuts here!).
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly lower marks as the beer was oxidized. More of a octoberfest grain bill than an english brown. Nice and malty, just nothing special.