Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Certainly an excellant example of brown ale without the usual hop bite of the west coast, I did not find any flavor overpowering but thought it had a pleasant balance(this good). I like other american browns better but would recomend thus one
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is dark brown, with a thick tan head that quickly settles to light lacing. Aroma is strong on the hazelnut, backed up with lots of roasted and toasted malts. Flavor is overpowered with the hazelnut, quite sweet (maple syrup?), with a hint of the roasty malts peeking through at the end. Mouthfeel is full, a bit sticky.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
- deep, dark brown with a very faint red hue, no head, a sweet hazelnut/buttery malt aroma, light roasted malt aroma, some chocolate, very lightly hopped, a touch of spiciness; a nutty/sweet malt/buttery blend, flavor starts with roasted malt mixed with a hint of chocolate, but the aftertaste is all hazelnut, slight hop bitterness, very smooth – rich texture, a different taste
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one's a winner. Quintessencial American brown ale. Not possessed with the typical Rogue hoppiness, this one is smooth and malty, with the nutty taste that the name implies.
redlem (1264) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is of malt, a molasses/chocolate mix. Slight nut flavor, mainly a toasted malt taste. Finish is not " smooth malty finish" as the bottle claims, it is bitter on the sides of the tongue, which becomes annoying at the ended of the beer.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in color, with red tones when held to light. Warm and nutty aroma. The flavor is a subtle hoppy bitter that spikes quickly, and then slowly fades into a a rich nutty finish.
Suttree (4447) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah, it is that good. A typical mellow browna ale character, with a typical (for Rogue) hop backbone. This is not an attempt to make an English Brown, this is an American Brown Ale. Very impressive.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark amber, tan head recedes quickly, nose is roasted malt. Surprisingly for this brewer, more in the malt department than the hops. Roasty chocolatey flavor with nutty undertones. Typical Pacman house character comes through as well. Really nice ale.
WabashMan (967) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 A very nice nutty brown, with better all around flavor than most others of the variety. A superior beer, and possibly the best brown ale out there.
RERATE: I have to say again, that having had a few other browns between tastings of this one, this IS the preeminent brown ale around today. It has MUCH more depth of flavor, a VERY nice aroma, and is a very enjoyable, not too heavy on the palate brew. Each and every brown I try, I compare to this, and none have stacked up to this one, and only Sammy Smith comes close.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very big head. Dark and brimming with a nutty nose. Very smooth and malty. THE great American Brown Ale.