Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smelled skunky, first impression negative. Poured nicely, deep brown with a god frothy head. Left a decent lacing on the edge of my glass. Smooth mouth feel, and had a pretty good body. After taste resembled caramel with nutty flavor which was both pleasant and yet it ended strangely bitter. I wonder if the beer was in proper condition for me to adequately assess? I'll have to try it again, but for now I'm not impressed.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have heard a lot about this beer as being one of the best Brown Ales available, however I am not impressed. I wonder if the commercialization of this beer has hindered it's taste. I was surprised to see in pour out of a clear bottle, which may adversly affect the flavor depending on how long it sat on the shelf at the local supermarket. The aroma is certainly that of a brown ale. It has a lighter appearance than other browns that I have sampled. Flavor is ok, slightly bitter with a little nut flavor. A little light on the palate, I guess I like a little stouter brown. Overall, not impressive.
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hailed by many as an exciting brown ale -yet I found it rather lacking in character.Nice appearance with a nutty taste that does not overpower. I remember this being popular with students in my youth but thats no recommendation. Take it or leave it-a run of the mill ale.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear amber, a very simple brown ale, not alot going on with it. Decent flavors nothings jumps out at you. Goes down easy on a warm day.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Simply a good beer. Looks and smells beautiful, finis was creamy and malty.
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 Clear amber brown with a nice, fluffy head. Nutty sweet malt taste. Very well balanced. I was worried about skunky problems as it was a clear bottle in a restaurant that I'm sure doesn't sell a lot of these bottles, but it was just fine. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed it.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Comparing bottle versus tap, this bottle loses. Trys to be bold, yet uninspiring. Watery yet somewhat malty smooth flavor. This beer needs some new characteristics, preferably a dark bottle. Drinkable.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours an unattractive brown colour. aroma was a lot skunkier than I expected, bad bottle maybe.
egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 Poured amber with a medium sized tan head that left alittle lacing on the glass. Aroma with nutty, buttery (diactyl), and slightly skunky. Creamy, nutty, buttery, slightly watery and metallic taste. Overall better than I expected... or remembered for that fact.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Soft brown tinted red; dissipating tan foam. Light aromatics of hazelnuts and cocoa, a bit grainy, and mildly tart. Nutty and tangy ending with sparse bitterness. Watery and dilute with prickling carbonation.
Shallow and lacking restraint for the acidity.
50 cl can, best before 28 February 2009.
12 oz bottle, pint glass. Average, creamy off-white head is fairly lasting. Body is a brown-amber hue, with fair carbonation and no visible particles. Malt smells moderately of caramel and nuts. Hops are lightly flowery. No yeast aroma that I could find. Ever so slight corn taste. Toasted grains seem to be the main taste, though. A hint of smoke is present as well. Taste goes from moderately sweet, lightly bitter to lightly sweet, moderately bitter. There’s a kick of acidity at the end. Med / light body is watery and has a fair amount of carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. This is, IMHO, a very drinkable beer that you can pick up almost anywhere. Extra points for being my gateway beer.