JSmith1181 (13) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - APR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well besides my beers having no heads lately... I like this one... Alot. Its got a great aroma with a fine fine fine flavor. Rich tasting with hints of chocolate and liquor, and some hints of caramel? Overall a brew I'd buy again in a sixer, kick back and watch a game to.
Dorwart (2519) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good sized head of light tan creamy bubbles. Lasts for a while also. Nutty, roasted grain aroma. Nice dark amber in color. Nice well rounded flavor. Nothing really stands out but just very satifing. Light to medium body with some more hints of roasted grains and some malt. Finish is clean and smooth. Slightly dry and toasted. A top quality brown ale, very easy drinking and well worth the time.
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 draft @ Black Cow Hamilton, MA. Great caramel amber color with darker browns and some light golds. Wavy but not terribly hazy. Good mocha head. Aroma is rich for the style. Aromatic even on draft out of a convex glass. Caramel, touch of whiskey, black licorice and good amount of chocolate. Flavor is a firm, smooth chocolate malt, rich and silky with a good dose of hops, though nowhere near out of balance. Light liquor notes, like a bit of jager in there and just a full even body. As it warms, more of a toffee-nuttiness comes out with slightly more hops on the finish. As far as balance goes, this is one of the best (though maybe a touch too caramelly at the start. Best aroma of a brown I've smelled as well.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 3-1-04.Nice clean aroma of chocaolate-caramel nut,very slightly roasted and some fresh slightly citric hops(cascade,willamette).Nice deep copper to brown,phat off white head/decent lace.Micro particles!I love Smuttynose.Tasty brown ale,very smooth medium bodied.Palate has an interesting hop appeal(very lively)nice appropiate slightly chalky afterpalate.My personal favorite of this style.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown body with small beige head. Aroma is mild, caramel and nutty. Taste is nutty caramel. Light-medium body, with some caramelly syrup and moderate acidity.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a light brown with a thin biege head. Aroma was nutty, earthy, and with a little bit of caramel. Thin mouthfeel. Mild nuts and earth of the tongue. A very average brew.
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker reddish brown body with a short lived tan head. Aroma of malt and nut with a bit of background hops. Primarily a malt flavor with cocoa and hazelnut accents and a dry roasted malt finish.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a deep brown/reddish color with a quickly dissipating head. Sweet and slightly citrusy aroma. Initial taste is a rush of malt mixed with sweet and a slight roasted finish. A bit thin.
Crit (3809) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy brown,fast fading tan head.Aroma of malt is lightly fruity.Flavor is mostly sweet malt.I get none of the hops everyone else is referring to. Seems rather flat to me.
Much too sweet and undercarbonated to drink much.
Thanks to Cap Flu!!
hershiser2 (2007) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Paid $1.09 for a 12-oz single.
Brown with mahogany highlights, small head...
It has that nut brown smell... nothing original, but still nice.
Plain, nut brown taste-- but it has an extra hint of sweetness in there that many don't have.
A decent beer- nothing risky here.