Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours amber with a yellow tinted white head. british hop smell that is somehow dusty dirty with a pinch of pine. sweet strawberry taste with some chocolate. wondeful sweet finish. overall a light and fruity barleywine.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful body with a thin head. Taste-low bitterness, raisin, sugar, molasses, grass, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, and chicory. Great hops use with perfect sweetness.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got a large bottle of this at American Beer Distributor in Brooklyn, NY. Prominent alcohol taste, and you can taste the brown suger. Bit of a bitter aftertaste-- this almost tastes like an ESB. I can see where some people would really love it-- I don’t, but I do like it.
Brewnoser (27) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of those beers that some will love while others hate. Had it right off the bottling line before it got a label. Thought it was a brown ale, and then after a few pulls realized I had some alcohol going on. Complex, alcohol/sweet balance, with some almost corn liquor things happening. Hard to categorize. Good beer. Like some Belgians, does not overtly show the high alcohol. I’d want some in my cellar on occasion.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very piney aroma with mild caramel notes. Extreme pine-tree aroma. Sniff sniff. Mostly transparent garnet-copper color with a small to no light tan head. Piney, sweet, moderately hoppy notes to start. This turns into an elegant mildly sweet caramel. This finishes nicely and has a great mouthfeel. I’m a fan.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice copper-caramel color, little head, so sweet and mild smelling. Taste: straight-forward sugar, caramel, alcohol, hops. Buttery notes in flavor and aroma as it warms. A bit cloying.
droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a short copper colored head that recedes quickly. Body is slightly hazy deep brownish red. Strong aroma of cherries and molasses, grassy/citrus hops, lots of alcohol and red grapes. Big blast of sweetness, brown sugar? Heck yeah, and well supported a strong bitterness. Light doughy yeastiness. Full body, light carbonation. I consider this the chewiest of the chewy. Goes down slow and sticky, lingering medicinal taste.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a hazy light amber color with orange highlights. It is topped by a thin, wispy light amber tan head that is generated by a quick swirling to actuate this beer’s medium carbonation. The aroma is lightly sweet smelling with notes of candied orange peel, pine needles, toffee, alcohol, a hint of molasses and sherry.
The taste is only lightly sweet up front, at least for a beer of 1.100 starting gravity. The beer is quite malty with notes of caramel, a bit of toasty malt notes in the finish. The finish is lightly astringent with notes of fresh hop character as well as a solid bitterness that allows the malt and Brown Shugga to shine through. This beer is certainly on the malty side of the spectrum, but the hops certainly add a discernible character, that though supporting is a nice respite/ counterpoint to what would otherwise be lopsidedly oriented towards the malt. The brown sugar is evident but not overwhelmingly so, its most obvious contribution being a lightening of the body and palate. There is also a sort of twang in the finish of this beer which has a hint of molasses to it.
This beer is pretty enjoyable, and I like that it is not too sticky sweet. It reminds me a lot of the first sample of their IPA that I had, because the IPA tasted like it had lots of unfermented wort in it, and I almost wonder if I had a bottle of the Brown Shugga’ that had been mislabeled. Regardless, I do like this beer and I certainly recommend it if you find it.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very maple and brownsuger induced nose. with some caramel and marzipan hints. Very sweet and sticky brew, very oily and round mouthfeel. Very good and unusual beer.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Kclinger’s publik house in Etters, PA. Pours a tawny amber--resembles an I.P.A. or a pale ale. Small off-white head. Hoppy, caramelly aroma. Medium-bodied. Very sweet and fruity flavor. Not very drinkable.