badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This almost looked like a quasi-stout, more black than brown. Little head. The scent is hard to place for me... a little malty perhaps. Very smooth, malt and barley taste. Light on the carbonation. Very nice beer and easy to drink. FYI: don't let it sit around a lengthy time. As I finish this one it's gotten increasingly bitter. But it's good for well over 40 minutes.
stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear and caramel colored, medium carbonation with little head. Aroma is slightly hoppy and metallic. Flavor is much improved over the aroma and makes it a good session beer. Mild maltiness and mild hops plus a little raisin character - all blended together nicely. I finished this beer very fast - it is easy to drink. Thanks Slikwily
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unlike Slikwily, I've had mixed experiences with James Page's brews. Their Finnegan's Irish Ale is excellent, and after tasting the Burly Brown, I'd have to say it gives Finnegans a run for its money. Very nice, heavy hopped flavor. Medium roasted malt is well balanced by the bitterness. Reminds me a little of Summit Extra Pale Ale, but this is better. It wont show up with as good a rating due to Summit's having higher Aroma and Appearance marks, but where it really counts, flavor, the Burly Brown wins out.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2003 Its nice to own a pice of this company they have some of the best beer's out there this one has a nice dark color,malty aroma with a hint of sweetness and a nice chocolate finish well made boys keep selling
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Distinct aroma, looks great in the glass but poor head retention. Overall taste has a smooth bite to it.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 My wife grabbed a six of this by mistake--I had wanted to try the pale ale but when we got home from the store, I noticed she’d gotten the burly brown stuff instead. No matter--this brew is very good! Nice taste, looks great in a glass & goes down very smoothly. I really like it.
Next week, I hope to sample the pale ale...
phersjm99 (25) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A local beer for me, so a little biased, but a solid brown overall.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 11, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my new favorite brown ale. Full flavored, malty, tangy. Looks good, smells good, tastes great.