Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color with a good lasting head - lots of lace. There is not much character to the flavor or palate of this one. Not impressive, but I won't waste it.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2004 My second rating of this beer was much better than my first; the color is a dark brown with a tan, long-lasting head; nice aroma of hops; very smooth; taste of coffee and dark chocolate; the finish is bitter, but pleasantly so; a very good ale
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells malted but somewhat skunky. I wish they would use dark bottles. Decent malted nutty taste and finish. Decent beer but too reminescent of Newcastle. Not a very original or complex beer.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
1.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
looks and smells fine, but then...Should be a lacquer rather than a liquor: you hear those stories where people drink their rubbing alcohol at rehab for the alcohol content; well here is some more.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, lighter brown head. Roasted and nutty aroma. Flavor of roasted malt and nuts. A tiny bit too thin, but all in all a good brown ale.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chestnut brown. Substantial, light brown head. Nice slightly roasty, nutty nose. Medium body. Rich nutty flavour w/ a slight roastiness. Also some pepper, light fruit (pears?) & chocolate.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was good, and it lived up to my expectations. Definately a good brown ale.
MaBeer1972 (1417) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lighter in color than most American Browns I've been trying lately. Almost clearish and reddish. I hate hazelnuts, but fortunately I cannot really detect them here. This is truely a bump up the notch from say, a Newcastle for you Brown Ale virgins out there. I think the last time I had this, I almost poured it, but now as I become used to more flavor in my browns, this one rings true. Still, not as good as Brooklyn's Brown, which has been the one to aim at for me lately...
petefenelon (26) - ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initially slightly sharp, but mellows in the mouth. A great beer for drinking with a big comfortable dinner. Deep reddy/brown colour looks wonderfully inviting.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber red clear colour with a medium size medium lasting pale beige head. Medium bread and honey malt and faint metallic hops with hint of tobacco(?) aroma. Medium thin bodied. Faint canned metallic hoppy start. Medium rawish somewhat unbalanced malt and lighter stale bitter flavours. Some interesting aged wood and hint of smoked character. Medium strong bitter finish.