Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
lighter brown ale. Excellent tasting bite on the finish. Color is thing of beauty. ASHHHH!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-Rate 12/20/02: Once again a beer I first sample some twenty years ago while in England, how great it was from the “Cask”, as my notes from that time state I was totally enamoured. Personally, I still like this ’Brown Ale’, are they’re better, ’yes’, but they’re many worse ones.
The beer pours a nice limpid brown color, the head portly, the texture frothy; the lace left behind thick sheets to coat the class. Nutty sweet nose, caramel, with lots of malt, pleasing enough for me. Richly sweet at the start, top middling and the finish mildly acidic, patiently hopped and a nice dry malt aftertaste. Clean and satisfying, and a beer that is much better from the tap than the bottle.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful clear brown ale with good head and floral nose; goes down fast from there. Adequately bitter but unbalanced, not enough malt or caramel, too thin in the mouth.
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
i really need to try this beer again for a decent rateing
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant aroma and beautiful appearance. Complex flavour, can taste the hops. But I have to say overall it didn’t live up to the hype. I’ve kept on hearing about great this beer is supposed to be. Wild Rose Brown is a better choice.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Have had this beer so many times, I finally had it and remembered to review it. This redish brown colored brew has a smell I feel lack a lot, it is sort of a bland smell almost like the normal smell people associate with beer. But what is lacks in smell is "kind of" makes up for in taste. It has a smooth slight hop/slight malt taste that is not to overwhelming, I feel it is a good crossover beer. But it is one of those beer I drink when I am at a place that "lacks" in selection.
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark ruby red color, no head. Pleasant sweet and fruity aroma. Starts malty, continues more roasty, finishes dry and even a bit bitter. Aftertaste with bready spices and sweetness. Overall an average dark lager.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ah. Newcastle without the skunkiness! Smooth malty brown ale flavor. Mild and understated. One of my old standbys.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Not great, but not bad either. I was expecting a little more aroma and flavor. A very good looking brew. Update: I gave it another try because of its reputation and I still found it to be painfully average. I won’t waste my time or money again. Update: Ok, I wasted my time again and it wasn’t a waste much better on tap! Malty enough to savor but light enough to DRINK!
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 too much hype around this shabby ale. it’s ok, but I’d rather have a Pete’s Wicked Ale. Re-Rate: same score more to say. Cream Soda getting skunked in a clear bottle. Is that vinegar I taste?