Sham (1846) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark mahogany, almost brown. Big frothy tannish head. Some webbed and spotty lacing. Aromas of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and alcohol. Nutty flavors of roast and caramel. Some bittering hops, though not much. Thin and watery body. Palate is sweet malts and a finish of some alcohol and bitter hops.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
malty aroma with hints of hazelnut, reddish brown, nice and malty with lingering nuttiness but slightly metallic
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish brown. Small tan head. Nutty head along with some sweeter malt notes. Taste is hoppily nutty. Bittered hops and some nutty notes along with fainter malt tones. The body is a little thin. Some dryness towards the finish. Decent beer.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color. The head started out nice then almost disappeared. Light body but nice cloudy/clear balance.
ruppert2p (10) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I drank this on tap at the brewery. A dark walnut colored beer topped with a tan head. Hops dominate from the first sip to the finish. A very light body detracts from the style—I would have preferred something rounder. A mild beer that would make a good session beer.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
draft.grapey red brown color very fine carbonation, no lace a thin lined head, mild and sweet aroma, initial taste had nutty flavor, but the finish was WAY off. not ssure if it was a bad run or me, i'm gonna re-rate this one later
BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Garnet/deep amber with a cream head that evaporates like a wave, this beer was surprisingly delectable--which shouldn't have been such a surprise coming from Hales. The aroma was pleasantly malty and nutty--quite similar to an irish ale. The flavor had an easy, musky malt profile with some nuttiness and resembled and amber ale. Excellently balanced, this vaults to one of my favorite brown ales.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish brown with low head. Malty, fruity aroma which may bed hop citrus flavor or yeast esters. This tastes more like an amber than a brown ale. No nuttiness or roastiness. Okay aftertaste; smooth and sweet malt flavors. Very easy drinking and sweet but very average too.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep orange reddish color with a very little head that quickly fades to nothing. Didn't get much in the nose. The little that I did get was of cookies. Short acidic flavor, minimal on the finish. Watered down texture with a slightly fizzy carbonated feel. Was a disappointment in comparison to what I've tasted from Hale's in the past. I might want to give this one another try someday.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really expected more out of this beer. I usually respect Hales Brews and was excited to see this "limited edition" sixer at the grocery store but I was very disappointed with this beer. Too light and thin to be a brown ale and just not enough consistency. This isn't a horrible beer but not what it could be.