BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
’06 edition from 12 oz. bottle. Brown body with tan slowly disipating, somewhat thick head. Smells sweet, like many other brown ales, but not overly so. Tastes like a porter to me, strong coffee or chocolate flavor balanced with other malts. Definitely one of the best (if not THE best) Shipyard beer I’ve had, (other) winter seasonals included... Probably something I’d get again.
jcwattsrugger (11903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
06 Brewer’s Choice Brown Special Ale-12 oz bottle-Best Enjoyed Before July 06-pours a creamy tan head with dark amber color. Aroma is nutty, malt. Taste is nutty, roasty, malt, maybe dark fruit. Good occasionally, OK carbonation.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transluscent, majogony brown with a very thick collar of off-white head that darkens to tan at the edges. Diacetyl dominates the aroma but dry, baker’s chocolate and caramel show quite strongly. Flavor shows intensity. A little bit of everything that makes a good brown ale, a good brown ale. Unfortunately, the overriding buttery character, almost rancid butter, wrecks the finish. The beginning 90% of this beer is excellent, it is just the last 10% that is almost painful.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours brown with a creamy tan head that stayed well and laced the glass. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet, caramel, nuts, a touch of chocolate, and brown sugar. Palate is smooth and creamy and mouthcoating. A full bodied brown that I enjoyed.
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 The aroma is very sweet and coffee like. There is hops, malt, and some chocolate too. It is a lot like a porter. The appearance is a dark red brown with a small head. The flavor is acidic and bitter with malt, brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate. The palate is a little thin. Despite being well made I didn’t enjoy it all that much.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. pours brown. starts off malty and some spicy hops. finnishes with a nice bitter hop aftertaste. slightly watery, could have used more malts
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a Dark normal Brown color, with a nice creamy beige head that left lacing the whole time. Very different tasting brown ale, I can’t really put a name on everything I was tasting but it tasted nutty and with a big toffee kick, along with chocolate and slight coffee and roasted malts, damn good beer and will get more. Wasn’t sure why the 2006 bottle was the exact same thing as the 2005 only with 2006 on it, but bottled in Jan’ 06.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 edition, 12 oz bottle, purchased at City Market and disgorged into me gullet via a Flying Fish pint glass at cellar temperature. Near as I can tell this is the same thing as last year’s so I’m rating it here....dark, fairly clear chestnut brown, with smallish lasting creamy topping and a bit of lacing...sweetish, hazelnut-vanilla dominated malty nose with nary a trace of hoppy-herbal qualities but little diacetyl either (a plus from these guys)....the body offers a tiny bit of bite, but is mostly sweet, a touch fruity and nutty, and a bit grassy-dry especially towards the finish...there is a bit of roasty-charred wood character at the end that’s nice, but it isn’t really given much breathing space in the thin, watery body and rather artificial-seeming, heavy carbonation. Better than average from this brewer but not something I’m dying to try again.
asheft (2897) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear ruby brown with a nearly white ring and wisps. Inviting aroma of roast and toast intermingled with hops and notes of chocolate, caraway, and parsley. Medium bodied with a chocolate and toffee flavour that tastes a bit young and is a bit too sweet for the bittering. This beer also has too much dark malt flavour for the style. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a lingering malt bitterness. I probably won’t have this beer again.
IPA (17) - Leominster, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Highly carbonated, too high in my opinion for a brown. I had the same problem with their pumpkin ale the other day as well.
Malty and very nutty with a slight hop bitterness and slight carmel flavor. Thin mouthfeel, finishes quickly and with little aftertaste. Very drinkable once the head settled.