canary dog (622) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dry brown ale. Moderate malt and a short, dry finish. One of the least hopped McNeill's I have tried. A good session beer for late spring or early fall...not necessarily for summer.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown colour, deep roasted chocolate aroma, chocolate start, earthy, bitter hop middle, and a clean finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 4, 2001
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 Aug 01. Knockout nose on the newest (to my knowledge) in the ever-expanding McNeills repertoire. Huge raspberry/hops/flower aroma which hits hard in the flavor as well. I don't know if it's a brown ale at all, but I like it! Nice color, too, though as with their OTHER brown ale its too hoppy on the rear end for me. Maltiness strong enough on the tongue, but guys a
brown ale is supposed to go down SMOOTH. Still, overall, another winner from this great brewery.
July 03. Too bitter, too brackish, too much carbonation. Thin. Big dropoff from last sample. Well, the Kolsch made up for it.<p.
Aug 04: more of the same. One of McNeills weaker efforts...mediocre brown/pale, little fruitiness this year. Ehhh