TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cedar. Scattered light hazel foam with a loose ring of bubbles. Roast, tree bark, and fresh coffee beans in the nose. Subtle roasted nuts presence. Fairly watery with tight carbonation. Very firm in body. Roasty (Vienna?) malt start followed by coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Very little in the way of fruitiness, other than some datelike sweetness. Hard mineral feel is backed with firm cookie malt flavors. Very chocolaty and richly bready, which lends a softer element to the body with a grainy anchor of malt. Burnt toffee, lightly hopped finish kissed with vanilla, oxidized roasted malt tinges, and a black licorice bite. Coffee, burnt toffee, and roasted malt flavors linger on. Plenty intense for this typically bland style, with just enough rough elegance to hold your attention. Does a fine job at not stepping over the extremely fine line which separates brown ale from porter.
mjg74 (3015) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice brown color. A little hoppy with some roasted malt flavors going on. Has a somewhat nutty flavor to it with a bitter finish.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Lord Gorlock for this tasty treat. Pours a rich black/brown color, tan head on top, which disappears relatively quickly. Aroma is very porter-like, with rich coffee and chocolate flavors blending with mild hop spiciness. Flabor is sweet, coffee notes, nuttiness, and a light tobacco flavor. ends nice and dry. I like it.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown ale, not too bad. Very dark with a tan head, and has a chocolaty aroma, nutty taste also. Good Brew.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black body with tan head, nothing unusual. Smells of malt, chocolate and coffee. Not very good on the tongue, taste is boring and unimaginative: nuts and chocolate. After is slightly sweet chocolate. Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchase at New World Brewery in Ybor City, Tampa, FL.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good beer, smooth w/nutty & caramel taste not to mention a slight bitterness, which is good, brown hue w/a light tan head. big fan of nut brown ale’s.
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you to DrunkAsASkunk for this one. Pours deep dark brown,with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma of malt, corn flakes, almonds, cabernet, hops, and slight prunes. Tastes malty, with hints of brown sugar, toffee, almonds, caramel, and slight Coca-cola. Nice, smooth medium-bodied finish. I haven’t had a bad California beer yet.
exciter (1) - Matthews, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is the greatest. What can I say? It’s the nectar of the gods. Also, if some restaurants/bars have the large bottle and it just keeps on giving. It has a nice subtle scent. The appearance is quite dark, however the beer goes down surprisingly light. I have found my beer. I have been drinking Downtown Browns for over five years now. I could never pass on this one.
jaymobrown (1840) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown, tan dark leather color. Floral nose, slightly malty. Burnt wood, bitter, coffee flavor. Poorly roasted malts. Thin.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep brown with a thin off white head. It has a nose that is nutty and roasted, and a flavor of roasted hazelnut and malt. Very little bitterness from hops. All in all average.