Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: color's a pale, rubyish brown, with red around the sides, and a sad, short dun-colored head swiftly blooms, then dies.
Aroma: hints of nuts and caramel, but largely empty. A peppery, cola-ish quality exists.
Taste: sticky-sweet, even treacly, rich in caramel notes, with light to non-existent hops, and moderate malt. Texture is terribly thin, carbonation feels too high, and could swear I'm having some sort of alco-pop.
Little body, nothing to enjoy. Drinkable, yeah, but absolutely no fun at all.
Sorry, James Page, not one of your good ones.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a hint of orange when held to the light. Fluffly tall light tan head. Sweet whole grain toast, brown sugar and light molassas in the aroma. Light undertone of vanilla as well. Light and crisp palate. Not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Cocoa seems to be my most predominent flavor detected. Seems to gain favor the longer I sit with this. A touch of peat and smoke, some leather. Some real Bamberg qualities. A good BBQ brew.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (most recently). Nutty, yes, but sort of in an alcoholic way -- like, wine-soaked nuts or something. More vinous and rich than a brown ale usually tends to be, thicker though I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say "stout"-like as some have. An uncommonly good brown, at any rate.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly roasted, caramely aroma. Hint of sweetness througout, with a slight hop bite. A good Brown Ale.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color of deep muddy water, murky brown of chestnut with some reddish tones around the sides and bottom, solid cream colored head that maintains some nice spongeyness for awhile and leaves minimal strings and spots of lace. Smell is more sweet then roasted of the malts with some light cocoa-cola and nutty notes. Taste is again more so on the sweet then the roasted malts, like cocoa-cola mixed with a stout. Some caramel lightly comes through over some of the sweet tones in the finish, but no hop quality seems to appear anywhere. Feel is a bit thin, not quite light, and definately not medium, just kinda there with a carbonation that doesn't seem to fit.
Nuffield (3769) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another James Page beer that doesn't quite seem to fit the style on the label. However, this is a great plus with this beer. The brown ale mostly strikes me as a boring, bland beer. But here they have turned it into "Lite Guinness"--creamy texture, a small white head, deep roasted flavor, chocolatey, with a bitterness that strikes me as more natural than artificial, and a hint of hops in the finish that suggests just a bit of complexity. Enjoyable!
badgerben (4576) - 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 (2285) - 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