kumite56 (468) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a decent brown ale. Excellent clarity and a dark rich brown color. Crisp malty taste with a good blend of hopps.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Initially ultra-carbonated with a nice brownish-red fluff hea atop the ruby body. The head settles into a layer of rocky cream. From the first whiff, this beer smelled badly skunked. After aeration, nutty maltiness appeared and the air cleared somewhat. Malt-nut blend tilted in the nuts flavor with a slight bitterness and tinniness on the palate.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramelly aroma jumps out of glass--a nice surprise!! Color a clear brown/amber---healthy head and lace...Flavor features the characteristic SS balance of malts with enough hop accents for complexity...Finish is medium-dry with malt comments...nice mouthfeel and solid balance throughout...This is another solid performer from a very reliable brewery.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my idea of a great session beer. Not very heavy but just packed with flavor. Malty,nutty with a hint of sweetness and it ends very clean.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I found this to be a bit drab. There was almost no head, or even aroma, to speak of. The flavors were well balanced, but very light. It is quite smooth, but tasted almost watered down. I was a bit disappointed.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my all-time favorites. Clean buttery, nutty taste. Sort of caramel-like as well. Often imitated, never duplicated!
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this is a pretty good beer. but to me it just doesn’t seem like a great beer. its well balanced and the hop and malt flavors come through. however even as it warms a little it still seems to lack oomph.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite ales! Very smooth and refreshing after each taste. Not bitter or harsh at all, rather exceptionally smooth. A carmel flavor with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Perfect to drink while viewing a beautiful Bermudian sunset while smoking a wonderful cigar with the woman of your dreams! Nothing gets better than this.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2002
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
What the hell...mine was like brown tap water. Looked pretty..smelled hoppy....but that only takes me so far especially when it tastes just like watered down iced tea. There was NO nut flavors whatsoever, and nothing discernible to make it a brown ale other than color. Since i blew 10 bucks on a 4 pack the rest better not be this bad (once i get around to them)...not what i expected/hoped.
PorterPounder (5097) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 Rerate Dark copper pour, decent head. Caramel, toasty aroma. Toffee, caramel, nutty flavor. Thickish mouthfeel - hint of metal on the back end. Still solid though. Original 4.2 The pour of the thick creamy head was a sign of things to come. Good nutty flavor and crisp fresh aftertaste.