Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried at the Washington D.C. branch. Truly suprised about the low scores on this one; I thought it one of the better brews I tasted in D.C.. The color is deep brown which hovers on porter lovibond. The aroma is gorgeous, some citrus hoppiness, caramel, toffee, and bubble gum (which works for some reason.) Flavor is very complex ... lots of malt chewiness to be sure, but a lot more hops than anticipated. This is the brown ale I was hoping for when I tried Dogfish's IBA. Over hopped for style, but this is one lovely brew.
obxdude10 (2118) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice brown ale, very brown in color with a light white bubbly head, lots of sweet maltiness in the nose, very well balanced body, a hint of some nuts in the flavors, slight hint of coffee as well, slight bitterness & dryness in the finish, overall a pretty great brown ale
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2003 Tasted in DC at John Harvards. Dark red / brown colour. Nice tobacco coloured head. Hoppy scent, very little sweet malt scent. Taste, however is balanced hoppy bitterness with sweet malt taste. Hints of caramel in the taste.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Springfield PA location, both cask and regular version. Pours a translucent brownish red with a medium light tan head. Obviously the cask versions head was creamy, lacing and sustaining. Aroma was nutty, caremel and light roast. Flavors of the same.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reminds me of a more flavorful version of Pete's. Dark and full bodied, kind of flat and bitter at the finish.
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2002
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this beer to be easy drinking and a good example of a Brown Ale.
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the DC location on 11-12-05. Borwn bodied, obviously, with a small tanned head. Nose is nutty and sweet with light hops. Hints of raw nuts (peanuts, mainly) as well. Taste is suitably nutty and malty with sweet notes and hints of pecans and peanuts. Mild hoppiness throughout. Body is light-medium with a mild carbonation feel. Finishes with light sweetness, mild hop profile and hints of spice and maybe brown sugar. Almost a touch of pecan pie at times throughout this. Better than expected.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in DC. Not a lot of aroma going on here for some reason. Nutty sweetness with a bit of chocolate and a good citrusy hop that combined somehow like the wondertwins to give it a sourness on the edges of my tongue. At least it got hoppy and dry at the end.
argo0 (12296) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(DC) Clear dark red-brown body with beige head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, chocolate -- truly it is essentially non-existent until it approaches room temperature. Taste is medium sweet, floral, chocolate, nutty, light grapefruit. Dry hops evident in the finish. Light-medium body, lightly sticky.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at brewhouse. Poured a deep ruby with a one finger head and light lacing. There was a sweet caramel smell with a hint of cocoa. The taste was caramel and coffee with a good hop element. Overall, a very clean taste. The mouthfeel was smooth with decent carbonation and a dry finish.