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RATINGS: 779   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A smooth, full-bodied nut brown ale, lightly hopped with a hint of roasted and crystal malts. This ale is dark in color without the heavy taste of porter or stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Slightly sweet, nutty caramel flavors. Smooth and easy drinking, one of the better brown ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2004
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2004
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!

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