DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: LaConner Brewing Company in LaConner, WA) While not bursting with flavor, this brown ale is actually a pleasant surprise considering the beers so far at the brewpub have been marginal at best. It shows a lot of sweet, toasty and chocolaty maltiness, mild nuttiness, with just a gentle hop bitterness so that the chocolaty malt can take and keep center stage. The nose is predominantly sweet chocolate as well, and smells like dessert. The main complaint is the light body, as the beer seems watery for the style. Medium brown color. The bubbly but small light tan head is pretty small, and soon fades to a ring, leaving no lace on the glass. Tastes and smells really nice, but it needs better body to be considered a solid brown ale.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery
Clear medium brown color. Some tobacco, maple, and some simple wood and nut notes. Dry palate. Smells like maple syrup, very sweet, with peanuts as well. Drinkable, palatable, but simple. Some spices and chocolate in the finish are redeeming.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. A deep mahogony brown pour with a quickly dissapating head. Aromas of raisins, caramel and hops. Tastes of special B malt, toffee, and a nice touch of hops that definatly blends well with this beer. A deep mouthfeel and a great session beer, at least to me.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer looks great - a great latte-esque frothy head bobs around on a perfect mahogony body, leaving rings on every surface it touches. The aroma is a bit disappointing: the malt is more reminiscent of plastic or tin than sweet graininess or sugar. The flavor keeps a bit of the tinniness but (thankfully) a really remarkable caramel/toffee comes through eventually. The toffee is particularily strong, enough so there is no mistaking it amongst the other flavors. This is a perfect example of a two-sided beer. Totally split personality, clear as black and white. The metalic flavor invades nearly every aspect of the beer, zinging through the flavor, aroma, and palate; but amidst all of that is just a superb flavor and buttery mouthfeel. With time and improved balance this could really be good.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep copper with a little white head. Malty aroma with a little hoppiness to it. Chocolate, caramel, some tart fruit, a little bit of citrus. Sweet with a bit of roasted malt on the light bitter finish. However a little more bitter than a brown should be.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown body with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was roasted malts which carried into the flavour. A bit thin for my liking but a decent beer.
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown with lasting tan head.Lacking in taste. What taste there is is faintly yeasty and antiseptic