Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely brown color, with a slight, tannish head.
Aroma; mild, with some nuttiness, though it develops as we go on, becomes more chocolately and sweet.
Taste: rich, delicious, malty. Medium body, but large maltiness, minimum hops. Niely balanced, easy-drinking, aflush with flavor, this is another in the Elite Corps of Brown Ales, Done Right! Yum, yum, I keep saying, and may I repeat....mmmm...
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown, decent head. Milk chocolate aroma. Flavor had elements of cocoa, with a bit of roasted coffee, and a decent bitter finish. Quite a nice brown.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with a hint of orange when held to the light. Dry malt, cocoa, and light mocha aromas. Fairly light on the palate. Sweet dark cocoa flavors with some light caramel and honey roasted nuts. Finish id rather thin and biting with a pine-like acidity. Thanks Falconeye8 for this brew.
midgetbigot (1) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím cheating on my boyfriend. Thatís right. Iím stepping out on Guinness. But, itís not my fault.
And, when I think of my latest love I begin to drool. Being the generous soul that I am Iíll share his name with you -- Smuttynose Old Brown Dog. There I said it. Iím having an affair with a Smuttynose Dog. My dog doesnít have fleas but itís sure got some legs on it. One sip and I can feel it crawling all over my palette. Only itís me who ends up begging for more.
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog is a deep brown amber. It reminds me of Guinness with itís chocolate coffee bottom note. But, where as Guinness is all chocolate and cream my Old Brown Dog has a bite to it. Itís a complex mixture that I canít put my finger on but itís both peppery-spicy and nutty. Itís this absolutely beautiful chestnut color and the head is light and creamy. Itís pretty malty (make that mmmmmmalty) and thankfully not very bitter (the web site list is 15 IBUs). The alcohol is 5.7% by volume.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smuttynose beers are terrific. This brown lives up to the previous 3 in that its great in its style and I really like their flavors and full bodied rich aroma. Without mentioning the great taste of a great micro.
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a clear brown. The head is slight with tight bubbles, that reduces quickly to a thin white film. The aroma is an enticing nutty, and caramel. Smells great. The flavor is more nutty with crisp carbonation. Its almost rich tasting. I like this ale.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at VT Brewers Fest - Dark maber in color with a quickly fading head. Aroma ia malty with a minor hop undertone. Flavor is slightly sweet with roasted malt and some citrusy hops. Finish is not too long with a mix of malty sweetness and piney hop bitterness.
OldGrowth (2982) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julioís, Good nose, carmel, cocoa powder, pine. Orangy brown color. Small to no head. Sweet roasty flavors. Cocoa,chocolate,coffee, piney. Lite bodied, little sticky. Bitter on finish. Tasty, not overwhelming. Very drinklable.
r464 (2091) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown, not too dark. Mild aroma of malt and earthiness. Very basic ale, nothing too exciting here. Wouldnít pick it up again.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very very average and hard to believe the same company makes one of the best porters.