whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber brown body and beige head. Fruity, tangy malt quality. Sort of has an apple cinnamon thing going on. Touch of hops in the finish which is otherwise fruity/malty. Not bad.
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours out brown in color with a non existant head. tastes refreshing, without much hint of alcohol. this is better cold than warm. this would be a better beer for a summer day, not really what i associate brown ales to be like. this is no hazelnut brown, but its not bad. imo more of an amber than a brown.
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very nice copper brown with a thin white head. Excellent aroma, though a little hard to classify. Extremely agreable flavor, a little nut tone, a lot of malty, roasted matly tones. Goes down excellently, a great beer to just sit back and enjoy, not so over powering in flavor that all you can think about is the beer, but also perfectly flavorful for just a nice relaxing brew.
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The appearance was a bit too light for brown ale. It was mostly amber to light brown with a smallish head. There was also something a little off putting about the smell, but I can’t put my finger on it. The taste was thankfully much better than the smell. Malty, nutty and roasty with a hint of sourness. If the body was more substantial, I’d rank it even higher. I am tasting it side by side with Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. The Samuel Smith’s beer is definitely much better.
I drank another the next day at a different temperature by warming it under tap water. At near room temperature, the unpleasant notes in the smell disppeared and it became a much better session beer. Still not the best brown ale, but much more passable.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with minimal head. Has flavor of caramel, roasted malts, and nuts. Not much flavor or complexity in this brew.
mjgdawg (13) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great dark brown color, inviting color with a small head. Tastes of carmel, nuts, and a hint of malts and hops. More complex than I expected from my initial aroma test. Aftertaste is kind of malty and sweet. Good beer, great brown ale.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad, not bad, Brown ale perfection is a difficult target and maybe someone will make it, it in the meantime this brew will do
Hangover (1084) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Attractive dark brown color... minimal head. Nutty aroma... light hop undertones. Taste is of caramel, lightly roasted malts, more nuttiness, touch of honey. Nice finish... subdued hops, crisp, slightly bitter. Overall, I really liked this... kinda like a kicked up newcastle.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an enticing clear copper shade, with a thin head and good lacing. Very sweet, delicious aroma. At first taste, the ale is quite sweet, with a good malty flavor and hardly any hint of bitterness. It was quite flavorful for the first few swallows, but the flavor seemed to diminish significantly as the glass emptied. Very good overall, and an excellent change of pace.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color. Head is thin and fades quickly. Aroma is malty with some sweet overtones. Slight nutty flavor. Like other Sweetwater brews it has a sweet flavor to it as well. Not much like other browns that I have had. Not too bad but not one I will drink regularly. It will pinch hit in the lineup on occasion.