Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium brown colour, small tan head. Slight nuttiness in aroma, but not much. Taste is of some caramel malt, mixed with a watery mouthfeel. There was also a slight tang of flavours I associate with clear bottled skunkiness, but thankfully, this went away as I sipped it. The beer improved greatly in fact, the more I let it sit, the watery thinness giving way to a medium bodied decent brown ale. But this was only ok in this clear bottle pasteurized form.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
18 oz bottle. Poured color of strong tea. Large fairly long lasting head. Not much of an aroma. Mild malt and possibly hints of fresh bread. Mildly sweet and bitter at the same time. Overall a decent English brew.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
18.7 oz. bottle. Nice nut brown color. Very nice head that sticks to the sides. Tastes like I’m eating acorns and dirt, but its delicious as if I were a squirrel or earthworm. Good stuff
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red/brown, creamy head an texture, easily quaffed. Mild bitterness, hint of chocolate/caramel/port wine in the nose, taste is a little astringent and not as "nutty" as it could be. Still a fine example of the style.
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Very dark brown color with amber highlights. Thin off white head. The aroma is malty with plums, raisins and some apples. The taste is definitely nutty and earthy. It also has dark chocolate, a little port and a touch of vanilla. A full mouthfeel. This is the way a brown ale should be made.
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber colour, with a frothy but quickly decaying head. Lovely malty character and not too sweet, but a crisp bite. Not much lacing, and not a very strong odour, but a pleasant one of fresh bread once I did detect one. Maybe my nose was frozen from shovelling the pavement.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
You can tell right away this is definitely an English brew. Has that familiar bad smell to it. I think it would be even better in a dark bottle. Plently of malty nutty flavor followed by a slightly dry bitter flavor. A tad too dry for my liking. Nevertheless, this is an OK brew. I won’t ever drink it again as there are far better Browns out there.
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some pretty good brew. Fairly dark, and quite dry, unlike some brown ales that are a bit on the sweet side. The malt is balanced perfecty with the hops. The overall flavor reminds me of a good home brew. Too bad this brew is so darn expensive.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May i start off with saying this is a delicious brown ale. Even though, I don’t like brown ales this one is a standard example of what it should be all about. Dark leather brown, and tthin layer of head across the glass. Aroma of sweet malts and fresh nuts. Toasted flavor of malt, and roast cooked nuts of pistachio or cashew blended with almonds. Also I sensed a small dose of the alcohol on the inital sip. I enjoyed it all the way to the finish, and think it is in the best beer category for Samuel Smiths catalog.
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a unique and special beer. Very attactive brown color with a creamy smooth nut flavor. Last time I had this was with Lebanesse food. Great stuff.