TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown ale my ass. its more of a stout or maybe a scotch ale. Odd nose like burnt molasses or toffee. kind of sweet yet not sweet, if you can explain that. taste was the same. kind of bitter like a licorice root was in it.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark mahogony with a tan head. The aroma has nice roasted and carmel notes. The flavor is a bit complex. I noticed chocolate, carmel, and a hint of coffee malts. A very small hop presence was noticable along with a sweetness at the front of the mouth.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not great but not bad. An average Brown Ale with a swig of citrus sourness on the palate. It's kind of a fun beer (something different), but just not quite my thing.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If there was a category for a scotch winter ale, I would put this in it. Smoky aroma, tons of malt and spicy cinnamon notes in the medium body. Slightly hoppy finish. I would love to have this again; thanks to matta for hooking me up.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown without much light brown head and it doesn't stay up there too long. Aroma is heavily malty with distinct milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and nutty hints: I could indeed mistake this smell as a porter blind. It's got a nice nutmeg and almond bite in mouth coupled with dark licorice and a low-profile hop character that leaves a boring unfresh bitterness, while aftertaste is bready, mostly dry and short. Cheers to Matta!
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A "heavy" brown ale, I thought it was a more like a porter or stout. Balance was good without excessive bitterness. Good Job
OldGrowth (2755) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.