Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice marketing!
Pours a nice dark brown with a bit of a head but no lacing.
Aroma is sweet; typical for a brown, with some darker fruits and a bit of a nut (walnuts?) scent to it.
Flavor is malty with the fruits and nuts as mentioned above. I torn between rating to style and taste here. It’s neither as sweet nor as, well, bland as I find most Browns. This has a nice balance to it.
Palate is thicker than the style, but I like it. It has more of a mineral feel to it than I’ve seen in any other of the style. Very nice. Overall, this is either mis-catagorized or is one of the best Browns I’ve had. It leans toward a Porter but has more character IMO. Worth seeking out.
Edit: I see that it’s brewed by Mendicino, which explains the quality. I think most people her at RB are biased agains Brown Ales, as am I; compared to my favorite beers this is an average beer, but compared to the other Browns I’ve had, this is exceptional! I’m not sure my rating (or most here) reflects that.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark Brown Coloring with Sandy Skin. Light Hop/Sweet Malt Aroma. Herbal Notes...A Bit Cloying..Heavy Malt, Rich Notes as Well.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Nearly black, dark brown, quite dark for a Brown Ale in fact, mediocre off-white head, rather nice lacing. Mild roasted malt aroma. Fairly smooth roasted malt flavor to start, but finishes with a bit of an astringent cardboard twang. Better than the Genesis Ale at least. Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average. Fairly strong roasted malt character on the exit. Strong for a brown, bordering on Porter territory if you ask me. Aside from the slight astringent cardboard twang, a fairly decent offering.
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with no head. Aroma slightly of cardboard. Some vague maltiness in the taste, but it still has that watered down paper/cardboard quality. Blah.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
not much to say, has a nice smell, and taste is so-so, i didn’t expect it to be anything really good, and thats what i got something not really good
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s a brown ale. It’s a little roasty, not too dry, but there’s not too much to it beyond that. It’s not even passover Kosher!
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much here. A standard brown ale, mildly sweet. Well carbonated. Very faint roasted flavor.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt sienna pour with aroma of big roasty malt, chocoff, some hops. Tastes malty, with chocoff, nuts, and brown sugar elements. Smooth and silky.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color. Rich and dry is this one. Roasted nuts. Need water.
PorterPounder (7330) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Rerate Much more of a pronounced chocolate flavor, nice looking pour Original 3.2 Habersham Beverage Warehouse - Savannah, Ga. Dark brown pour, light mocha colored head, slight coffee aroma. Flavor has some dirt flavors to it with some underlying bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is slighlty creamy. Overall decent, tastes like it is "organic" though.