SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now made in Baltimore and not as good as in the old days (when it was sold in growlers and was one of the ten best beers in the world). Still fantastic.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! What a great beer! Deep red / mahogany with a light tan head. Richly malted, roasty, and hoppily bitter. Rather complex... very balanced. Mouthwatering flavors. ’Homebrew-like’ aroma smells very fresh and inviting. Loved the roasty & bitter finish; quite a lingering aftertaste too. Somewhat throat warming. Good stuff!
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One thing guys can’t do well is describe color - I write, shaking my head at the attempts below - this beer is burnt umber, gentlemen, and the remarkable thing is that the flavor mtaches the color nicely - warm, deep, maybe slightly astringent. The best thing about the beer is its remarkable mouthfeel - wonderful on the tongue. Thanks Michael!
cassesej99 (10) - East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 17, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gusler once called El Toro’s Poppy Jasper ’marzeny’, and the description befits this one even better. On the front side, the malt handling here is world class; sweet, challenging, slight lemon oaty kind of flavor. A tiny bit thick in the mouth detracts oh just a bit. Nicely smoky at the front as well. Like the Sudwerk Marzen pumped up on steroids. Then the finish; beautifully bitter, nicely hopped, but not quite as clean as some American west coast browns like the Jasper. Must be the English style brown, I guess. This beer, contrasted with Boyne and El Toro’s offerings, showcases the incredible range found in America’s best breweries within the Brown ale style. Highly recommended, and thanks Volgon. Top 3 Brown. Hennes and Brownalegirl -- I already have one saved for ya.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best beers that I have had. Wonderful malty taste. I wish it was sold in more stores.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beautiful looking beer poured into a Corsendonk glass. Nice lacing down the sides as it settles into a 1/2" tan head. First whiff is chocolate, followed with molasses and oranges. Taste is roasted malt right up front with a light cocoa powder. Flavors of more orange zest and a nice hope bite are right behind. You can tell almost right away this is a well made beer. Spiciness includes nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon. Almost full bodied, this stuff kicks the crap out of alomost every Brown I’ve had. Who are these guys?
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 2002 growler. Dark Brown with some reddish golden hues. Slightly cloudy, as this is unfiltered and, to my delight, unpasteurized. Had out of a growler. Nice straw, malt aroma. Some dark dark, full berry aroma on the end. But mostly an earthy almost root taste coming from the barley. Nice grainy/malt character.
Wonderful velvety taste. Great natural carbonation. Soft but yet has an appropriate amount of burnt flavor from the roasted malt. As it warmed to room temperature, there were some even caramel tending towards toffee notes. Very balanced ale with a full, malty body. What I enjoyed most was that it was complex and seemed to offer a bit of everything, malt, roast, caramel/toffee flavor, good body, good carb level, even had a bit of hops to it that is apparent right upon sipping it. Could be a little less sweet, as that tends to prevent from drinking much of this at one time.
2004 bottle. Still incredible. Great color, same light dark fruits in the aroma with plenty of lightly bitter, juicy hops, dominated mostly by caramel and chocolate malt. Tastes wonderful even after it has warmed. Less sweet than I rememeber, maybe a bit more bitter. I think if they lowered the alpha acids/took out some hops, this would be even better. As it is, this is one of my favorite brown ales and just a tasty, drinkable beer.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark dark brown, with a generous cinnamon head. Nicely malted, rich and umber burnt. Every beer I’ve had in the Ipswich Yacht Club Case has been pleasing. A nice blend of citrus and dark burnt sweet things.
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown with a tan head that left slight lacing. The nose was sweet like warm caramel and malt. Taste was impressive, consisting of coffee and roasted malt aftertaste.