glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Very clear light brown, almost no head. Very sweet malty smell. Slightly bitter nutty taste, very drinkable.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light mahogany color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is lightly toasty with some notes of fruit and nuts. Toasty malts, some light cocoa, a touch of roast and nuts. Finish is moderately bitter.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours a clear mahogany, medium to large frothy head, decent lacing, with little to no carbonation. Malty nose, slightly biscuity, and a tad bit roasted. Maybe light hints of chocolate malt. Slight malt flavor, a bit sweet, with a hint of carob. Minor astringency. Medium bodied, but the mouthfeel seems a bit thin. Malty finish (albeit thin), semi-sweet, but with a slight sour/astringent twang. Blech...
Sham (1845) - 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) - Sisters, 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 (5454) - 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 (3412) - 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.