SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - many thanks to slob for the trade! Pours brown - clear dark reddish brown when held to light - with a generous tan head. Tempting aroma - lots of roasty malts and fragrant hops. Flavor is rich, dominated by the roasty sweetness, I also get a bit of dark fruit along with floral and earthy hops that leave a tingly, bitter finish. Light to medium body, crisp, biting carbonation. Very pleasant beer!
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, moderate head, yeasty aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet with a pinch of hops. Great beer.
SpringsLicker (3221) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a rocky off white head.
Caramel and yeast aroma is very rich and inviting.
The flavor is nutty sweet and goes over the tongue with a full roundness that really pleases. A very well done brown ale that is worth trying.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great Brown ale. Nice deep amber/ light brown with a long lasting moderate head. Aroma and flavor is nutty and malty with just a hint of hops to balance it out. Smooth finish. Ranks up there with Rogue Hazelnut.
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red with a short tan head. Clean herbal hop aroma with a dull roast and some fruit. Pleasantly bitter but also full in malt character. Lightly smokey and burnt notes. Banana, caramel. Roasty finish. Very good. ’Twas quite fresh.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. aroma of root beer, light nutty aroma and... black olives (or am i just smelling this because the dog on the label is named Olive?) deep cloudy amber color... smooth palate, caramel notes... under alcohol notes... drinkable.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, Poured a deep brown, white lacy head,Aroma of malts and hops. Tastes dark and good mouth feel. Good,
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Freshness date consists of a notch on the label, notched May, but no year. I suppose that means this year, but who knows? It’d be nice to see a year as well, so we know when we’re getting fresh beer. Weak ppfftt when opened.
Poured out a deep amber color, with no head to speak of, at first.
I used my pocket beer engine to produce a head. It turned out to be tan colored, but loose and fast fading.
Aromas are of sweet caramel malts, along with a slight mustiness.
Some yeasty bread notes, and alcohol aromas abound.
Tastes are of sweet malts, balanced by just enough bittering hops to make it not so sweet. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and carbonation is weak at best. Finishes on the dry side, with hints of charcoal ash. Sorta like when you dropped your hot dog in the fire as a kid, but you brushed it off and ate it anyway.
An OK brown ale at best, but not my cup of tea.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a brown tinted deep amber, small white foamy head, subtle lacing, with sparce lacing.   Aroma of toasted malts, light grain, and a bit of basement.   Sweet maltiness as I sip, leading to nice roasted malt trailer.   Medium bodied, average mouthfeel.   Slightly bitter finish.   Decent, but could stand to be a bit maltier & smoother.   Thanks goes out to slob for the trade!
Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark tasting, with a nutty malt flavor with a hint of dark chocolate. I was expecting something a little lighter at the time, so I was a little taken back. Not that bad though, pretty smooth going down, and overall a decent dark ale. Smuttynose has some good microbrews.