Kinz (3567) - 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 (8811) - 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 (5214) - 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 (4531) - Fort Wayne, 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.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Okay, full disclosure is that I'm not much of a brown fan. I find them missing something. The sweetness is there and there's some bitterness usually, but there's just a huge hole in the middle that leaves me with the sensation I'm drinking water. This is no exception. I've tried to rate it compared to other browns I've had, most notibly Newcastle.
Pours a dark brown with some head. Decent lace. And yeah, I'm a sucker for cool label art.
Smells like coffee.
Tastes of coffee and caramel. Diacetyl. And again, that big hole.
Mouthfeel is the usual watery brown. Decent carbonation. Drinkability is okay.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An excellent non assertive brown. Malt carried the day. A nice session brown
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice little beer -- not very assertive -- smells better than it tastes -- a not too heavy nut brown that hints a nutty, roasted malt but doesn't back it up very much. A good choice, but not the best -- but I'll buy it again.