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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A dark brown color, with a balanced aroma of roasted malts and Northwest-grown hops. The sweetness of the ale, crystal, and chocolate malts blend beautifully with the assertive flavors of Cascade and Mt. Hood hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2816) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2005
(Bottle) Dark amber. Ok head. Hoppy aroma. Hop and caramel flavour. Goes down easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Amber with a small head. Aroma from chocolate, cocoa and vanilla. Hoppy flavor with some chocolate. Quite pleasant bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Tap. Clear brown colored with a hint of red. Good malt aroma with just hints of chocolate, coffee. big hops in aroma; citric, floral. There is a bit of a clash with malt and hop in aroma. Seems to produce a janitorial smell that I can’t really describe. This, however, is the hoppiest brown ale that I have ever come across. I must be back in the Northwest. Perhaps out of style but a very nice brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Bomber. Dark, dark mahogany and clear and creates a monster head. The first thing you notice is the strong initial grassy hops aroma, which gives way to a sweeter nose of caramel and brown sugar. As it warms, the aroma becomes weaker. The first sip hits your tongue with a smooth, sweet maltiness which is quickly greeted by a dry hoppiness to balance it off perfectly. For a brown ale, it has a rather full mouthfeel. It finishes very smooth and (hoppy) dry. Very well balanced and very drinkable. If I didn’t live 3000 miles away, this would become my new session beer of choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2005
2005 AIBA Sample. Dark amber with small head. Sweet aroma and flavour in the beginning, some bitterness at the end. Obviously less than their APA. Good but this shouldn’t be anyone’s Grand Champion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23426) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2005
Draught at AIBA, Melbourne. Dark brownish amber with rich, creamy head. Lychee aroma. Medium sweet and fairly light bodied- Pleasantly hop aromatic with a salty finish that holds medium biterness. Not spectacular or overpowering in anyway, but thoroughly well balanced and made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2005
A great beer. I really liked this beer. This beer had a great flavor that added tot he color. It was ahrd to believe this was a dark beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MontyRXR (3) - USA - MAY 26, 2005 does not count
Pours dark brown, no head, rich aroma full of nuts and a hint of coffee. Very malty start, yet turns bitter quickly, and remains especially bitter at the finish. Hoppy thoughout. Not a bad beer per se, but also not what I had expected, and not a beer I’d drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
This was simply a mediocre brown ale. Medium to dark brown body under a big beige head. The aroma was roasted malts, sweet, treacly. Medium bodied, ample carbonation, decent texture. Flavor was average brown ale. Nothing to recommend itself but nothing offensive either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Thin, roasted malt aroma with a hint of hops. Thick, off-white, fine-bubble head. Lots of cascadking visible carbonation and excellent lace. Head is lasting. Tastes like it smells. An unassuming brown ale. Somewhat under-bodied. A nice very moderate hop finish though. Still not what it could be. Perhaps I am getting spoiled by all of the bigger, fuller bodied beers I have been focusing on. This is good, just not great. Thanks, slikwily.

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