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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Tap @ brewery. Dark brown color. Nice roasted malts with a good heavy feel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2002
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 15, 2002
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2002
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 9, 2002
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4365) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2002
(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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5697) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Skunky smell, but flavor more than made up for it. Detect a bit of a chocolate flavor to it. Nice dark color and heavy head. Like the label.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Mmmmmm. Smooth, mellow, brown sugar beer.


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