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RATINGS: 730   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.


3.7
   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 (4228) - 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 (5589) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Little bit of sweet small, little else. Nice beige that walks up the side of the glass. Dark brown with a bit of tan around the fringe. I can find a bare hint of chocolate, a bare hint of hops. This isnít bad, just on the weak side. Thereís a beer here, but I just canít find it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3340) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Lovely black color with an amber tinge and perfectly proportionate head. The floral hop aroma certainly surprised me, as did this brown ale as a whole. The aroma had and a musky edge of nuts and smoky malts as well. The hops dominate the flavor, but again, the barley-brown maltiness lends a nice balance/contrast. Nutty bitterness on musky finish with vague chocolate notes prevailing after some warming occurs. This is by far the best brown I have ever tried. Masterful in its synthesis of hops, malting, nutiness, and smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2002
Almost a cross between a brown ale and a porter. Medium brown color with a smallish tan head. Very light hops flavor and aroma. More malt flavors. What I would consider a very good session ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2002
A very good brown ale, a little darker than the NEWCASTLE that everyone loves, but it doesnít taste like pee like the aforementioned brew. I would recommend this to anyone who digs brown ales

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 17, 2002
This was the beer that kicked me off as a beer reviewer. Look where I am now, 50 lbs heavier and my wallet is too. Revisited this one with a friend a couple of nights ago and was pretty impressed. Much fuller body than an English brown but still fairly easy drinking. I think we call these beers porters in England. Chocoalty and nutty while a hop presence provides excellent balance throughout. A beer Iíll definitely be recommending to anyone who orders a Newcastle.


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