Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, at the brew pub. Nutty brown aroma. Dark brown, medium tan head. Interesting malty taste - rather flavourful. Some other taste present - is it a spice? Maybe some dry baker’s chocolate? Whatever it is, I like it and it adds to the flavour. Just a tad watery, otherwise solid and very good. Man, I’ve had some excellent brown ales on my trip so far.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint pulled at the Magnolia Brewpub in San Francisco, a dark black with a large head which was creamy but frothy on top. A malty aroma, toffee-like. Flavour is reminiscent of stewed fruits with a hint of sweet bitterness. Very very smooth in the mouth. On of my all time favourites!
PorterPounder (6067) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the San Francisco "Brews on the Bay" Festival. Dark brown pour, off-white head; wort-like vegetable-like aroma. Pick up some coffee in the flavor, a bit of back end nuttiness. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Ok bbrewpub brown ale.
motelpogo (7188) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2004
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
sweet and very thin, just tastes of watered-down nougat, low on any roasted flavours, very dull
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Magnolia. Dark burgundy. Mild, thin palate, a little maple, brown malts, some wood, maybe some smoke. Decent.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap@Magnolia Pub and brewery, San Fransisco- pretty sweet and thin, some toffee and nuts, grainy texture. Not a big fan of this one.
bb (7306) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft (handpump). Little aroma. Brown beer with a quickly dissapating head. Slightly burnt sour taste that was a little vinegry, but also smooth enough. Very light watery body. Maybe the cask had been on for too long and the beer was slightly off, or maybe not.
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - cask. Dark brown color with ruby hints and a tan head. Smooth malty flavor with some caramel. Roasted, banana, and chocolate round out the flavors.
Crit (3515) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Relatively light bodies brown ale which is mostly malt in nose and palate with brief finish
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask: Their description says this is an American Brown but I really don’t get the hop blast that I would expect from most American browns. This beer has a very subtle hop presence. Quite malty with a medium roasted character. I would prefer a little more body. On cask, this stuff goes down quite easily and is fairly tasty.