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A full-bodied, brown ale with a rich chocolate taste created from roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Topped with Czech Saaz hops to give it a spicy flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2004
A "heavy" brown ale, I thought it was a more like a porter or stout. Balance was good without excessive bitterness. Good Job

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2711) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Bottle: Good nose, chocolate, rootbeer. Blackish red color, small head. Molasses and powdered chocolate. Burnt creamy finish. Tasty, can't tell what year, though it seemed a porter to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Dark as a porter, creamy cocoa head. Hefty chocolate malt falvor with light hopping - or is that the hops kicking in at the end of the finish for bonus points? More points for being what I think of as a winter ale. Creamy, dark, easy to drink. Says saaz so I see ... sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Spiced wood and chocolate aroma, bright hop flavor on first sip, with the chocolate malts very evident. Some light alcohol towards the end, and a roasted caramel malt finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Good dark brown to black color,small tan head that faded quickly leaving a small lace behind.The aroma was malty,chocolate with a sweet/sour side and a mild hop presence.The flavor is roasty malt with a decent bitter sweet chocolate taste coming through with a mild hint of alcohol and a decent hop showing.The finish is a nice bitter hop.Fairly decent brew,not as good as some others but well worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Brown ale heck, this is almost a stout. Aroma is mostly chocolate, but the Saaz do show up. Flavor reminds me of either Rogues Chocolate or Shakespear Stout. The hops keeps it interesting. Body is creamy and thick. The alcohol brings a slight dryness to a chocolate finish. Good Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3359) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2004
Deep brown, tan head.Nose is mostly chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, ending in mild alcohol heat and mild bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2004
The beer disembogues from the bottle as deep a ruby red as you can get without being brown, unclouded, head is a majestic light tan crown, creamy in texture it is, and as it transmogrifies the lace forms a glutinous curtain to drape the glass. Sweet malt dominates with the underlying toasted grain aroma, fresh and clean to the senses; start is sweet and nicely malt, the top middling in feel. Finish is mild in its carbonation with the hops merciful in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a decent Brown Ale that is a fine representative to the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
wow, very impressed by this, very nice rye honey aroma, followed by a nice dark brown body with no head, the flavor was very nice hints of smoke over a top of roasted chocolate good ness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Pours dark brown with a tan head. A strong roasted malt and alcohol aroma. A sweet chocolate flavor with a bitter and alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. A coffee aftertaste. A good beer,but the alcohol taste is too strong, especially for 6.5%.

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