BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly sweet, nutty caramel flavors. Smooth and easy drinking, one of the better brown ales.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured with a big creamy head that I got to stand a good 3/4" above the top of my glass. Real dark reddish brown color. Hops odor of grapefruit and a more obvious sweet coffee fragrance. Malty sweet, nutty, coffee, caramel, very smoothe. Some hops bitter in the small burst of gentle carbonation that is quickly replaced with sweet coffee//caramel. Aftertaste is very sweet and caramel. Drinks more like a porter than a brown beer, but the body is weak for a porter. Probably the best brown beer I've had, as I'm not a big fan of brown's and this isn't really a brown beer; very dark and porter-like. Overall an easy drink, but a bit sweet for me. Very light bodied.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled: ive had this several times, also was lost coast flagship for several years, i think the indica ipa has taken over? this is a pretty good brown. im not completely crazy about this style and ive never had one i cant live without (newcastle) but we got a bit more complexity her with malt showing the power of the force caramel/coffee. lightly hopped. i suppose this is what they are going for and for that matter this is a solid brown. go try the indica ipa...
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Very dark brown, almost to a porter level. Nice earthy hop aroma. Hops and balanced malts in the mouth, citrusy and earthy flavors move back and forth, with a bitter finish. Very good for the style, hoppier than was expecting.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice rich mahogany colored body and a dense but rocky tower of kaki head. Downtown’s aroma is actually making me salivate; is it the beer or the long day at work? Notes of mocha, cream, walnuts and toffee are refreshing. The flavor is truly a bit smoky, roasted walnuts, toasty malts…… actually, if the palate had more texture this would be an exceptional Brown Ale.
Overall, a pretty tasty Brown!
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nic sweet brown ale. Very easy drinking beer. Very low carbonation made for almost zero aroma. Flavor was good though.
3fourths (8601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Sweet chocolate and sugar aroma (think chocolate cereal) with some lighter British malts and a bit of hops. Very sweet and rich, with a slightly-sharp hop and sugar feel, with the sugars really making a showing in the finish. Overall it just displays a very nice chocolate coffee flavor. Not the typical brown ale (not one of my big styles), but one of the better ones I’ve tried.
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew poured a large head of light brown colored fine to medium sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a very good lace. The body was nearly opaque and dark brown in color with no visible carbonation. The aroma was very nice with a good blend of caramel malt notes. This was a mose excellent aroma for a good brown beer. The mouth feel was smooth crisp even and nicely balanced with a lingering brown beer aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild coffee mollasses and sweet malt. It is an excellent brown beer taste that I will definately seek out more of tor try again.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. This beer formed a small sized tan head that contained fine sized bubbles that fully dissipated. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a dark brown hue. The nose was malty, roasty, caramel, sweet, and some coffee notes. The flavor was malty and caramel with a smooth and somewhat thin mouthfeel. This was a medium bodied beer with no lacing. A very drinkable and smooth beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown color,small tan head that had a good hang time.The aroma was malty,caramel sweet.The flavor was roasty malt with a light caramel and burnt chocolate taste.Mildly bitter with a mild hop presence.The after taste is bakers chocolate and medium bitter with a decent mild finish.Very nice brew and much better then there Winterbraun.Well worth trying more then once IMO.