hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 I live where they brew it, and drink it right there at the brewery sometimes as well. Being a hometown beer I might be accused of prejudice, but I really do find this a pretty good brown. It has a somewhat sweet flavor with a hint of nuts and apricots and possible apples. There is an interesting spicy tang in it that for the life of me I cannot identify (secret ingredient?). Drinks best if not too cold, and has a very good finish for a brown ale. The aroma is top notch. I sometimes enjoy just holding a fresh pint under my nose before wading in. Generally I find that browns, like ambers are hard to do well. This is one of my favorite brown of all those I have tried,
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks nice and dark, pretty dense looking too, light white head, decent nose, hints of caramel, malts and something i can't come up with a name for, flavor isnt as interesting as the aroma may lead you to think, hints of molases, dark chocolate finish, which really is this brews strongest point, not a bad brown by any means.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark and thick, light tan head. Nose is light apples and spicy hops. Flavor is cinnamon, apples and faint toast. Finish is very porter-ish, yet spicy and alcohol warm. Palate is a bit watery and flavors could be more intense to qualify this as a great porter. Not sure how you can call this a brown ale, maybe a light porter? Overall very good for what it is.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby brown, barely transparent. Very small light tan head that left barely any lace. Smells slightly like roasted malts and a bit nutty. However, I found that it was a bit lacking in taste and hops. Pleasant in a mild sort of way.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, deep mahogany, little tan head with lacing. The aroma has notes of grapes and molasses with toffee & brown sugar. The flavor is very rich and balanced, lots of flavors. Finishes lightly smoky with a nice sweetness in the tail. Creamy and refreshing, very yummy.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very brown pour but not opaque, light head, slight coffee aroma. Nutty, caramel flavor, slightly roasted with a nice balance of hops. A tiny bit effervescent and tingly on the tongue. Very good for the style, certainly blows Newcastle off the map.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour. Foamy head of large bubbles and nice lacing. Hops and malt in the nose. Alcohol and caramel.Smoky flavors with underlying roasted malts and small hops. Nicely balanced. Body of malts and a similar palate that finishes with smoky hops. Interesting.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great color: definitely got the brown thing going on. Deep brown body below a fluffy tan head. Soft nutty tones on the nose with a really nice roasted nut taste. Starts off a little sharp, but quickly beomces nice and smooth mainitaing a pleasant bitterness.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
More complex then the other Brown Ales I have had. Coffee, Brown Sugar, Caramel are present. Nice frothy light tan head, pretty deep brown coloration with red in the ruby in the light. Much differant the other Brown Ales I've head, but it was pleasant.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells of sweetness, nuts, and very faintly of apricot. Great looking dark brown with a tinge of red showing through when held up to light. Small, lasting, off-white head. Too one dimensionally sweet and somewhat watery mouthfeel. This would be good with more malt complexity. As is, it is merely so-so.