Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-rating after several more samplings: Great aromatics come wafting up from this lovely pint. Full flavored but pleasntly spritzy body. Great toasted/fruity flavors that reminded me of Hale’s Pale Ale. Nice and hoppy, but extremely well balanced. A bit of chalky, almost soapiness comes sneaking in after a while, which lowers the score. Still a good one, though.
joet (2245) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good beer to sit with. Very good presentation with a copper head, mild aromas of malt and vine, with a surprising and explosive flavor of apples, carmel. This finishes long and bitter. One of the smaller but better breweries in Central/Northern California.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is caramel and cream from the get go. There is huge caramel in the nose and a buttery-sweet, caramel and toffee maltiness in the taste that is edged nicely with the hops (mild Goldings, I’m guessing), so it doesn’t get obtrusive or cloying. A very nice beer, though I’m with you guys - if you’re used to microbrewed American browns you’ll be a bit suprised by the ’amber’ feel to this beer. Perhaps if we gave Oakes one he’d tell us this is more like the way Brits do brown.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mellow with a piney/citrusy hop twang that to me overides the underlying malt flavor. Some malt sweetness and nutty flavor emerges once warm but the hop flavor still pervails. Nice brew, just not as ’brown ale’ as I’d liked it be.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice malty nose, dark amber color, moderately cardonated and a decent hop presence at the end. Close to a Marzen?, Octoberfest toasty maple sugar like tones, a good beer overall as with most of this brewers line.
duggyfresh (3) - USA - AUG 19, 2001 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice full hops flavor with great follow-through.