ruggedman (645) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 I had the 2006 version of this the other day and despite them claiming itís a different beer every year I beg to differ. Itís the same thing i tried last year...not sure why they put the year at the top of the bottles then...
(2005) Pretty much an average brown in all categories. Nothing stands out about this beer except for the fact of how easily you can drink a bunch of them.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours redish brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty and somewhat tart and slightly fruity. Slightly thin and watery. A definate malt presence and a very small hint of hops. Quite astringent on the palate and with a fresh crushed malt character.
Palidor19 (2724) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very tasty brew, smells of apples and raisins. Taste is complex with fruit, chocolate and even a touch of tobbaco.
Lots of Malt and a very subtle hops flavor. For a brown ale, this is quite different.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Mahogany with a small beige head. Nose: leather, figs, pipe tobacco and hazelnuts. Taste: dark brown sugar, raisons and a hint of chocolate. Not bad, but far from "special".
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at my friends wedding...yeah he is that cool. Also had it at Yeomanís Road Pub in Tampa. I occasionaly like a beer that goes slightly against the grain and this was a nicely kicked up brown that still retained all the classic brown elements. Robust and nutty are cliches when talking about browns, but hey that is what it is. The only thing that was kinda off putting was that it seemed a little over carbonated for a brown.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet, caramelly aroma with some cocoa notes present. A few metallic notes are also in there. Transparent dark amber/reddish color with a big off-white/yellow head. Start is kind of watery and thin turning a little roasty and caramelly in the middle. Mild hoppy metallic notes to finish. Finishes thin. This is quite bland...the brewer could have chosen something a hell of a lot better than this for 2005...
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
ruby brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel,butterscotch,bread and butter and fruit. Flavor has a minute roasted malt character.
OldGrowth (2100) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, apple,orange, toffee/caramel. Clean orangy brown color, not much head,light beige ring. Sweet roasty flavors, same as aromas with emphasis on the malts. Gets a little chocolate going on. Medium body, creamy,kinda oily mouthfeel, Roasted bitter finish that faded away. Nice drinking beer, has that Shipyard signature about it.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Light ruby with a thin off-white head, sharp yeast aroma with dark fruits, starts and ends lightly sweet. Medium body, solid carbonation, ends with a long nice aftertaste that has plum in it.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 2005 bottle. I wonder what were the choices given to the brewer that he chose a brown ale??!! I can just imagine. . ."Well, itís time for you to choose a beer, would you like to make a Trippel, dubble, maybe a Double IPA or a barleywine, how bout an Imperial Stout or a Dortmunder??" "I think Iíll brew a brown ale!!!" Haha, whatever. . .His choices were probably more like, "brown ale, pale lager, APA, IPA". Ok, ok enough of that.
Pour is a clear, dark, chocolate brown body, very fine bubbles rising rapidly to form a one-finger off-white head, with no lacing, and little retention. Aroma of light yeast, toffee, minerals and soft milky chocolate. Hints of flavorful, fuzzy, earthy green hops as well. Flavor begnis full of toffee and chocolate, light, sticky molasses/brown sugar and lots of crystal malt on the finish. English hops are flavorful, and quite restrained, little to no bitterness. Some mild fruitiness, a bit of nuttiness and touches of buttercream towards the end. Medium body with no wateriness. Pretty hard, filtered American mouthfeel, too much carbonation at first. For all of the full flavor, itís only moderately complex. Well-made but very safe, as jay says.