cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sorry, this one just couldn’t cut it with me as a ’great’ brown ale. Not really a lot to say. It comes off as way too thin and watery, almost like a macro, and whatever dominant ’taste’ to it was metallic in character. Next to no aroma to speak of, though the appearance is a really pleasing opaque brown. Who knows, the six-pack I bought (based on the reputation it was getting on this site) may have been sitting out in too much light for too long. But it’s quite the disappointment. This is just way too far off from Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown to be worth only 3/10 of a point’s difference. If you want a top-notch Brown, go for Rogue. (Wish I can say I’ve tried the Boyne River....) If you don’t believe me, put them in a back-to-back test and I don’t see how they can compare. The Rogue is one of my top-10 favorites and truly first rate; this is just . . . average.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I really don’t like nut brown ales, and this was no exception. A decent balance of hop and malt flavors, and goes down smoothly, just not a very appealing taste to me.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rerate here. Solid brown nice malt flavors as well as balancing hops. Just lacks the extra oomph that makes a distinct and memorable impression
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In desperate need of a rerate here. This was originally one of my favorite brews when I began drinking ’good’ beer. Now im not so impressed. There’s a house character to GI brews that doesn’t quite sit right with me these days (except in their X-mas Ale). Im not sure what it is but this beer seems almost like a flat stout to me now.
Dogbrick (11480) - 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.