muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6 oz sample at the brewpub. Very light chocolate-malty nose emanating from a creamy, near black, opaque oily surface with a super-creamy lasting head. Nuts, chocolate, and a smidgeon of rosemary in the flavor; could have more heft but otherwise quite good.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep brown with tan head. Nice lace. Malt flavors with caramel, somewhat nutty. Hint of hops.
JFGrind (1801) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
With a name like 'Grog' and its dark appearance I thought this beer was a Scotch Ale. Turned out to be an average brown ale with medium body, carmel undertones and a highly bitter aftertaste.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF '03, brown with an off-white head.Sweet,nutty and fruity.For some reason I thought this was going to be some sort of gruit ale.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark caramel brown. Nose is smoky and earthy. Caramel at start, ends smoky. Finishes overly smoky, slightly sweet finish. A bit overly thin.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark tannish brown with a nice tan head. Sweet, nutty, caramel flavors. Quite a nice session ale. Decent hoppy finish, but not enough to overpower the malts. Quite enjoyable and drinkable.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(SCBE2003): Clear chestnut with medium beige head. Aroma is meidum sweet caramel, slightly earthy. Taste is light sweet, caramel, earthy, with lightly earthy bitter finish. Watery medium body.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An average brown ale. Its head is its real redeeming feature, but I thought this lacked a bit on the malt backbone for a beer in this style. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 8, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2003 great session ale.
dark malty stuff that is pleasantly sweet, yet has enough counterbalancing hops to give a sharp finish. creamy dense palate
looks great as well, dark brown with a big head that left ample lace.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Nice dark brown color with foamy tan head. maintains a slight film. Slight smokiness in the nose. Creamy in the mouth, very smooth with nice roasted malt character without being too malty sweet. Nicely balanced. Hearty and drinkable. P.s. Why Grog? Apparently they just like the sound of the word.
Update: Cask version 9/13, very nice, beer is still solid 10 years later...