CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown color with a good roasted malt aroma. Body is sweet and robust with a touch of sour malt and good complexity. Smooth and easily drinkable, a pretty good brown ale.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red with a tan head. Carbonation evident. Some caramel, dark malts evident. I found this brew rather mellow with little to speak of.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Little supprised this one hasn't done better. Malty aroma, transluscent brown color. Classic appears for a Brown Ale. The description mentions hops a little comes accrossed in either the flavor, aroma or finish, which is what I'd expect in a Brown Ale. Cheers, Fly
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unlike others, I got a lovely, large, frothy head over an opaque dark brown body--wonderful for a category where I've come to expect only baby steps better than Bud. Metallic in the aroma, not much promise. Flavor? A sharp hit of paint, then later just some alcohol, but with big maltiness suggestive of oatmeal. Earthy, too. Good palate other than the sour/hoppy clash that started to intrude. Perhaps I started out with mine too cold--it seemed to let out more roasted flavors over time. Not my first choice for a beer, but you could do worse among brown ales.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best of the three, quite dark and bold for a brown ale. Malty, kind of grassy and then chocolate. Comes across a little watery on the palate. When this warmed up it tastes EXACTLY LIKE BEEF JERKY. Not kidding. It gets an extra point just for that.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with an OK head that fades quickly. Arome is nice and dark with a hint of citric hops. A bit like cocoa puff and grapefruit juice. The hops fall out in the flavor but it picks up a nice earthy malt. A bit chalky in the flavor.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Aargh! Too much hoppy/spicy bite for a brown. Much like an American brown, and lacking that English mildness I favor (think Newcastle, Tommyknocker Maple Brown). Harsh, baby!
Rerate: Enjoyed in Fredericksburg, TX - not as hoppy as I first thought. Light hop action. Bit sweet. Enjoyable.
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad beer by any means. Not as good as their Rio Blanco Pale Ale, but still good.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a lot of kick for a brown ale, and I respect that. Excellent malt flavor.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wimpy looking but halfways decent taste. Nice maltiness, flavorful finish. Caramel, coffee in the taste. Kind of reminds me more of a porter than a brown ale. Will probably have this again sometime.