VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown with a tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt with a bit of hops and chocolate. Flavor starts pleasantly sweet quickly transitioning to primarily dry roasted malt with just a bit of nuttiness.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite what I expected until I poured it into a glass and got a whiff. Could almost be mistaken for a stout. Nice subtle nut-coffee-toasted malt tones and very smooth. Quite nice.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in colour with a thick light brown head. Subtle aroma of roasted malt, nuts and a tiny bit of both chocolate and coffee. Medium-bodied; Strong initial flavour of nuts, malt and that slight coffeeness. Aftertaste very subdued anly showing a tiny bit of the malt and hardly any of the other flavours. Overall, a good beer...actually good for the style-most closely related with a porter aside from the currently categorised brown ale. I bought this twelve ounce bottle at The Fresh Market in Knoxville, Tennessee.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a good head that quickly recedes, but leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly roasted malts, there is some really nice hop flavor in the taste. Great brown ale.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, almost opaque with a medium tan head and nice lacing. Nice roasted malts, light hops and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Sweet and bitter, chololate, nuts, almost porter-ish in character. Medium body and easy carbonation.
Braudog (5354) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown beer, almost black, with a quickly dying toffee head. There's a definite roasted nut aroma here, and an unsurprising nut flavor to go with it. It's a bit light on the mouth, perhaps, but otherwise an excellent American nut brown.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The front of the bottle says this is a "Light Brown Ale". However, this pours dark brown with a shade of red in the mix. Almost no head on this. I hope it's not flat. This has a malty nose but also some hops. It has an industrial smell to it. Like a medicinal hop scent. Not really pleasant or appetizing. The taste redeems the aroma. Sweet malted tongue with hints of chocolate and coffee along with a few hops. The aftertaste is a little bittersweet, but still pleasant. Worth trying.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much to talk about on this one, good but not great. This had a fairly dark brown color, and it does not sit heavy. Medium head and not very bitter at all. I am still partial to Sam Smiths Nut Brown ale though.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Didn't have the harsher flavor I am used to in a brown ale. Pretty dark brown in color without the heavy taste. Very drinkable all night as it does not sit heavy either.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Dec. 2002, 22oz bomber. This brew was dying to get out of this bottle, cap nearly shot into space. Deep brown with sizable head, light retention and only minimal lacing. This didn't detract from enjoyment. Lots of carbonation in this bottle yet smooth and crisp. Aroma is super malty and sweet. Smells great in fact and reminds me of a good German Dunkel. This Brown's easily better than Newcastle in my opinion and has improved since the last time I had it a couple years ago. Flavor is malty and nutty and body is light yet completely enjoyable.