Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hard beer to rate. A definent alchohol scent in the aroma as well as malt. Great presentation from the bottle to the color itself. However, something in the taste wasn’t there for me. Maybe too complex for me at this stage but I thought it had a little too much alcohol taste. The after taste was better than the beer itself.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was really impressed by this stuff, given that the cloying Newcastle Brown tends to be offered as the apotheosis of this style. Great, slightly sweet, roasted malt base, and Goose Island’s distinctive hopping make for a hell of a beer.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good brown ale.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Chocolatey, caramelly, and spicy. Nicely balanced with zingy hops. Brown color with red tints. Not full bodied, but still fills the mouth - very satisfying.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is welcoming, and good things happen from there. Sweet in front, hoppy in back, as desired. Subtle nuttiness doesn’t get in the way. Cool.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2003 A very impressive offering on cask. Nuttier than I could have ever imagined and very smooth. Maybe neeeded a bit more malt but nonetheless, a stupendous, accurate interpretation of a fine English brown.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
smooth and creamy with a nice barely bitter nuttiness.
i was favorably impressed by all of the selections that i recently tried from this brewer (consistently good beer)
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I didn’t know it was a brown, I would assume this was a porter. Mildly nutty and moderate bittering.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Marvelous brown ale, further proof of the mastery of the Goose Island brewers.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2001
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not sure what hex nut is,but this stuff was alright. It had body and flavor and demanded some respect.