Volgon (2763) - 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 (3892) - 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, it’s 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 I’ll 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, it’s only moderately complex. Well-made but very safe, as jay says.
SpringsLicker (3158) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Matta for this one!
Good tan head that forms over a deep Garnet colored body.
Clean yeasty aroma with some light malt.
No faults, no surprises in the flavor, just clean light sweetness with an uneventful palate. Decent but this stays in very safe territory.
TheBeerGod (5294) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Strong copper with splashes of ruby. Small manilla colored head. Nose is toffee, lightly roasted malts, light choco notes, and light earthy hops. Taste is hoppy and laden with roasty notes and caramel. Light chocolate, dried nuts, light woody notes and some vegetal notes. Body is medium but is very dry feeling. Minimal carbonation feel to it. At times, this borders on chalky. Finishes is hoppy with caramel, dried fruit-n-nuts mix, and light coffee. Decent brown.
ben1843 (6) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 (12 oz. bottle available @ Maggie’s Attic, Mount Dora FL)--Although this beer does have a lingering aftertaste, everything else is very nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 9, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown with a thick but soon forgotten head. Aroma is mostly malt. Taste is butter smooth with some more malt and no noticeable hop presence. I was expecting a bit more from a beer called Brewers Choice. Thanks Matta.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bread nose, grains, then wheat germ. Hearty bread flavor. Like a fine pumpernickel. Very light chocolate. and i mean LIGHT.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 2005 version. This is a beautiful beer. A little dark in color, lots of flavors. Overall a very enjoyable beer.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours clear brown with a thin tan head. Malty aroma. Light chocolate and tobacco flavor with a decent amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Lightly nutty. Finishes with a hint of chocolate. Nice beer.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
03.20.05 12oz bottle, trade from MattA. Extra dark maple brown with small, fading head. Malt forward aromas of burnt toast, grape, pushcart chesnuts. Flavors in line with aromas. Finishes with tobacco, chocolate. Body is the only letdown here as it is not as rich and full feeling as it tastes and smells. Thanks Matt!