SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (why do they insist on putting this in a clear bottle???), pours clear, the color of ice tea with a small off-white head. Aroma is toasted dark bread with a little molasses, orange and brown sugar. Flavor is roasty malts, slightly astringent with a bold hop finish. Mouth feel is pleasant, light body for a brown ale with a nice carbonation.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown pour, from the bottle. No head at all. Not even whiteness at the top. Nothing. Nutty caramel sweet smell. The flavor is sweet and a little sour. Carbonated well. Caramel candy flavor. OK beer. Quite nice for a brown ale. Would take this over Sammy Smith Pale Ale any time. Smooth and drinkable.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
It's drinkable. Can't say anything that hasn't been said. Decent, but overrated and very thin. Inoffensive but lacking.
cantchangeit (39) - Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes good, does not have much oomph! at all, rather more of a beer to sip on all day rather then end a night on. tastes a little bit strange, a taste you have to get used too.
Evil6six6 (4) - USA - OCT 24, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great English beer, taste better than boddingtons, but you can't drink many, seems to weight you down. Quite heavy but worth the wait.
stiggywiggy (5) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2003 does not count
2.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This is a most infuriating beer to drink. The fact that it's one of the best tasting beers around coupled with its uncalled for weakness makes drinking it seem like enduring Chinese water torture. The luminous color is impressive until you realize it only reflects its wimpy body.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Perhaps I got a bad bottle? Anyway this is one strange beer. Dark reddish brown with a small head that nearly disappears before you stop looking at it and start drinking.
But that aroma... does it smell like dishwashing water? The taste also has me baffled. Itís smooth sipping at the start for sure with little taste until the finish. And there, Iím baffled again. A strange taste I cannot pinpoint. Hints of deja vu and all! Itís not really unpleasant, only strange. Iíll update as soon as I remember what taste this is... In the meantime it has a fairly good body if a bit thin a taste to go with it.
Addendum: that taste... sake crossed with rootbeer. I know, Iíll have my head checked.
Re-rate: This time I got as fresh a bottle as Iíll get. Straight out of a box and not off the shelf.
Aroma combines freshness with dark malts and perhaps a hint of caramel.
Flavour has me thinking of caramel malts! Mild earthy hops on the finish, with very mild lingering.
Not that bad, but nothing to chase down.
Re-rate on 31st Oct. 2008:
Had to give this a second chance after finding it above average when served at a party recently. Rating before: 4/3/5/3/11
Rather dishwashy aroma but a bit of burnt caramel, too. The flavour has a bit of nuttiness, hay and is rather pleasant. Certainly better than most big brand stuff thatís widely available if thatís not saying much. Quite decent, in fact.
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I always found newcastle brown to be kind of skanky. The smell is kind of like every bad pub floor and the taste is almost like licking old boots. Still at least it has some character and a taste could probably be developed over time.
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 Very nice rich clour with a genuine ale aroma. Full flavoured, a little sweet but not too much. Not much carbonation but makes up for it by being ultra smooth. Is not too overpowering and is very pleasant to drink. Very refined and has a very dintinct individual flowery, nutty flavour. There is a lot in this beer to taste, every time there is more to experience as you cant judge properly with one tasting. The most pleasant beer on the market. I could drink yards of it.
fishonmyplane (500) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice caramel color. The flavor is malty, sweet, and nutty, with some caramel in there. Light on the hops. It's very smooth & easy to drink in a hurry. A pretty good beer.