Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More enjoyable than Newcastle’s version, but a little more pricey as well. I tasted a hint of nutmeg and/or brown sugar (I don’t know my spices that well), and this Ale managed to be both smooth and robust at the same time. Good stuff.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This sounded really good, and amazingly - it was! Nice rich flavor. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Goose Island offerings.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty close to a porter: brown as a downtown manhole cover, with a little red reflecting along the dark edges- like a stop light blinking on the wet deserted streets. it’s paris or lyon, the autumn chestnut street vendors have gone home, but the roasting smell lingers. that’s what you’ve got here in this beer. you can almost hear a lonely dog barking in the distance, aye? the first pour saw a plump creamy head. aroma of alcohol, honey orange and peat... very roasty, almost mesquite. light palate, dry, and still some hop.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is a good nut brown, it could have a bit more maltiness
k2 (146) - USA - APR 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good brown ale. It has a bit of a different aftertaste.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 So I go to Chicago with the fam for 24 hrs to visit my sister and her son. Have exactly 5 free minutes to look for beer, and this is what I decide on. I ask my sis’s boyfriend (asshole) if he’s had it...while he’s drinking a bud light and chastising my 4-yr old for not being able to catch a 2 in. diameter ball he’s throwing way too hard. ’Oh yeah, man, that’s the ’in’ beer here in Chicago, all the yuppies drink it’. So I’m immediately predisposed to not liking it.
Aroma is nice and seriously nutty. Great malt presence. Good balance, nice body, nice head, nice aroma. Overall, quite drinkable.
I go for smoky over nutty anyday.
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color of course; Medium head that ran like a little girl; Hearty nose. A nice filling beer. Again, light on the ’nuttiness’ that I despise. Had a nice mouthfeel. Otherwise, unexceptional.
DrWolf99 (2) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2002 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Didn’t remember how good this beer was. Hoppy start and almost smoky aftertaste. Very satisfying.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2002
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has an awesome aroma. The smoothness satisfies, but it seemed a bit flat. Is that hazel nut I taste?
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little too nutty for me. The malt and hops were good, but the extra flavors did not work for me.