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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 27, 2003
Nice brown. One level above let say Tartan in qualities. I like the hops popping out behind malt. Nice...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2003
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2003
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
iím not really a fan of brown ales, but this is a wonderful example. hoppy, thick and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Slight hop aroma. Nice malt flavor. Very good as brown ales go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2002
This is by far one of the best browns iíve 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2002
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 Iíve smelled before. This beer has a great thick body and just the perfect amount of bitter bite in the finish. Itís just it seems so one-dimensional as I really didnít notice any profound balancing of different tastes. Thereís just the malts and the hops, simple as that. Itís quite good, and better than many other beers, but not of the highest echelon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 On tap Boston Beer Summit í02: 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 í02.

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