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.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap A nut brown color with a thin, beige head. No lacing.
Not much in the way of aroma except a hint of malt and sweetness.
Lightly toasted malt flavor with a very slight and delicate hop finish. Somewhat watery. This can't be the same Newcastle recipe of five years ago!
Smooth and somewhat creamy.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
7/19/03: on tap: actually, not bad in color. nice brown bodied brew. otherwise, so-so.
TheBeerGod (5986) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a translucent brown with a light, quickly receding tan head. Nutty, malty, toffee-ish nose and taste. But there's a little skunk to this. Probably because of the clear bottle. Wish they'd learn! Very smooth but not overly complex. Finishes well. Average nowadays but I used to love this stuff.
MaBeer1972 (1791) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2003 This is pretty much the benchmark for Brown Ales worldwide. Of course there are several American micros which attempt to "supercharge" the roasted-malty thing, but if you are looking for an admirable, drinkable brownie, this is not a bad place to start.
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Forgot how tasty this stuff is. Nice caramel/nutty flavor. Smooth and malty with the lightness, alcohol content, and low bitterness to be a session beer. A little pricey, but quite common and often the best "premium import" available in restaurants and small bars.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 Brown color with a very shy head. Nose of honey and caramel. In mouth, we assist to a sweet caramel taste that is later accompanied by a short, yet balancing bitterness. Nothing complicated, but an excellent introduction beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 Cloying, stale, malty taste that just builds and builds. Most Brown Ales are much better than this one. Too bad this is the one that is available in most stores and bars.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is light for my preferece in brown ales but it is delicious. It has a slight hoppy flavor with a good balance of nut and smoked flavors.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 This is two different beers. If you can find it on tap, it's actually pretty good. Don't even bother with it out of the bottles, it's got a lot better reputation than it deserves. Even on tap, it's still a little thin and watery, but at least it's not skunked.
Why not brown bottles??? Stupid marketing decision.