UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a deep brown with a small off-white head that laced nicely. This was a big brown ale with a nice robust aroma and flavor - roasted nuts and chocolate were the most dominant flavors. I will be coming back to this one.
sloth (2780) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small tan head thats short lived. A bit of stringy lace. Clear dark brown/chestnut color, red hued. A bit dark for a brown. Light roasty nose. Medium body. Subdued maltiness with hints of chocolate, roast and a touch of vanilla. Dry finish. Thanks ron!
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A creamy head started this out over a nice brown beer. The aroma was a light malt, with not enough back up in the flavor department. Good, but not great.
ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark with a thick creamy head. smells nutty and malty. smells almost like rogue hazelnut. taste is smooth. creamy feeling, this is a damn good brown ale. nutty flavor, malty aftertaste. this could almost be a porter. great brew
hayduke (4484) - 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 (814) - 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 (144) - 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.