daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color. The nose is choclatey and somewhat citrusy. Smooth with a nice bitterness. Long with maybe a touch of vanilla towards the end.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice brown. One level above let say Tartan in qualities. I like the hops popping out behind malt. Nice...
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy dark chestnut. Nutty aroma, slightly vinous, toffeeish, almondy. Strongish flavour, a mix of sweetness and earth tones. Bark-like in its bitterness, a slightly disconcerting effect that highlights the lack of direction this beer has.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a seemingly tepid puddle of sewer water emanates a seering pine cone perfume...Cloves massage the energetic conifer bitterness throughout...A cask-conditioned palate in a bottle...
OldGrowth (2759) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Good aroma,red/brown looking. Brown ale maltiness offset with a nice hops flavor. Another winner from Ray
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i’m not really a fan of brown ales, but this is a wonderful example. hoppy, thick and bitter.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight hop aroma. Nice malt flavor. Very good as brown ales go.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is by far one of the best browns i’ve ever tasted. So simple, thats the key to McNeills brews. On tap at the brewery. Not overly sweet like most browns, SlopBucket kicks ya in the teeth with awesome bitters, long lingering hopped up finish. All this supported by a nice malt backbone. I love this brew, and this brewery is never disappointing, highly recommended.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hoppy aroma that is remiscent of so many other brews from the Northeast. I am not good enough to distinguish which type of hops they are, but the aroma is one that I’ve smelled before. This beer has a great thick body and just the perfect amount of bitter bite in the finish. It’s just it seems so one-dimensional as I really didn’t notice any profound balancing of different tastes. There’s just the malts and the hops, simple as that. It’s quite good, and better than many other beers, but not of the highest echelon.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 On tap Boston Beer Summit ’02: Heavy hops aroma, creamy body, with a color somewhere between black and ruby. The huge amounts of hops in this create an aftertaste that goes on and on. I need to find some bottles of this. Top 3 (IMHO) at the BBS ’02.