Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep dark color. ill admit brown ales arent really high in my book. But for what this was i felt it was not bad at all. Reminded me of Cargo Dark but better.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 nice chocolatey/nutty aroma...dark brown in color and a very defined nutty flavor, very smooth but full bodied...very light on the hops which is the way a brown ale should be...slightly smokey aftertaste...Good stuff!
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ brewery. Dark brown color. Nice roasted malts with a good heavy feel.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Nose has a nice roasted malt back with a hint of hop. This is a nice brown. Iím a little surprised by the low average butI guess it has to do with the light finish.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Brown color, small head. Lightly hopped. Roasted malts. Smooth and mild. Full flavor, somewhat malty, slightly nutty. Light taste. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is mild and nutty, slight bitterness.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I like my brown ales nice and dark, thatís why I think this is rather good, although it lacks any real originality. Nicely bitter with a good warming maltiness. This is tasty, but so are a lot of brown ales out there. Am I an asshole? Maybe, but I am very hard to please sometimes.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
rather dark, porter-like brown.
smoke and chocolate in the aroma.
malty taste with sweet hints of chocolate and coffee.
almost a light porter than a true brown ale, reminds me of some british mild ales
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, like a schwarzbier. Roasty and a bit smoky, much like a porter. Sort of a cross b/w a porter and a brown ale - with just enough of the latter to legitimize calling it Downtown Brown, but they should consider the name Uptown Porter.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a slightly reddish tint when held up to sunlight. The aroma was full of sweet/roasted malt, but the taste was significantly more bland. I guess Iím expecting a porter or stout, and what Iím getting is a quite good brown ale.
Aurelius (3717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottled) A very dark brown beer, and would have rated higher in appearance except for the twist-off bottle and the silly Piccasso-esque label. Aroma from the bottle was very mild, with whiffs of cocoa or caramel and west coast hopping. A little tinny, crackery a hazelnut or two and not overly sweet. Something in the initial tasting put me in the mind of soy sauce, as though it were probably a good beer to have with Chinese food somehow. I would imagine that this fares much better from the brewery tap.