Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild malty aroma with a bit of fruitiness and nuttiness. No head. Coppery brown beer. Medium carbonation and body. Starts mildly sweet. Bit of alcohol taste with vapory feel. Nice balance of hops and malt, and a little bitterness at the end. Sweet, nutty after. Good beer.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I go with the guy who thought it tasted like unfermented wort. I’ve had quite a few opportunities to sample the same, what with all of my husband’s homebrew experiments, and though this isn’t quite so thin, flat, or sweet, it does have those characteristics. So many exceptionally tasty things come out of the legendary PsychProf cellar, that this one stands out a little in my memory as a particularly mediocre brown.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nope. The commercial description claims an attempt to transcend the style, but there are so many fantastic American browns doing just that that this effort really pales in comparison. I tasted it after a few really good browns and it harkened immediately back toward Newcastle’s mush in comparison. It’s a pleasant enough brown, but on a night of superstar beers, it cast the palest light.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown complexion on this (bottled) sample, with smallish creamy quick-dying head. Nose is nutty and earthy, with no hoppiness to speak of -- as you would expect. Flavor is a bit strange, somewhat of port or madeira I think and lots of nuttiness and caramel; I liked it, but it could have SOME bite, and the finish is almost too smooth. An interesting example, and I could see it improving a lot on resampling, or on draft.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
OK, so I’m not a brown ale slut after all. This thing is the weirdest American Brown I’ve yet had. Is that Brett yeast in the aroma? Also a bit nutty, but very very mild, almost no roastiness, very little hop bite, and the palate is mixed in where it wants to go. Get the Porter or the Shoals Pale instead. Boy, I am SUPER bummed.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice American brown. The malts are roasty and the hops balance the beer well.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown body (like the dog on the bottle) nutty-sweet malts, medium hopped - after a couple of glasses, this could become tooo sweet.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was somewhat bland with a mild bready-matly scent, not quite what I expected. Tasted a bit light for a brown, but had a roasted characteristic that was very nice. The on tap version I had was a little too carbonated, but in bottles I have never had that problem.
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, malty nose. I almost smell chocolate notes. Tawny body, pleasant head. The first impression of taste somehow reminds me of a Rodenbach Red Ale. Indeed, this Brown is just as much a red ale. Finish is Tootsie Roll-flavored malt with just a touch of hop bitterness. Alcohol content says 5.7%, which is hard to believe, given the smooth, tasty character of the beer and, more importantly, the style of brown ale. This increased alcohol seems to be a trend. A very fine Brown Ale. I’m really beginning to like this brewery. Great stuff.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 Hey now, this is good stuff. Well balanced bitterness with malty chocolate flavours. Not as much body as I’d like, but keep in mind this is an American variation of a classic style, and it works quite well. RERATE 2007: Lots of burnt caramel and whisky malts detected, but also a lot of musk and a sticky, oily palate. Needs more dog?