ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Sweet, brown sugar aroma. Dark, ruby red in color. Small, off-white head and beautiful lace. Not much visible carbonation. Slightly chalky. Malty mouthfeel with a wonderful, moderately hoppy finish. It doesnít overwhelm you at first, especially having had many of THís bigger beers, but the flavor complexities shine as you go. Very nice. Of exceptional session quality.
badgerben (4609) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown color with a thin head. Aroma was slightly fruity, but mostly alcoholic. The taste had a decent amount of malt to it, but was upended by the alcohol flavor. A tad watery. Decent beer, but not a great brown.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very Solid Brown Coloring. With Good Creamy Head. Not a Whole Lot of Aroma. Almost Fruity...Like the Acidic Taste you Get after Eating an Apple.. Plenty of Alcohol in the Taste. In Fact, a Bit Watery at the End.. Mildly Crips. Definitly Easy to Drink But Not Alot of Character Overall.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Ruby brown and clear with a cocoa dusted creamy head about a pinky high, resides down quickly to a thin collar, very minimal lacing. Aroma isnít much, but is clean non-the-less with a soft maple syrup and brown sugar play with a very slight nutty roast. Flavors are nice in this brown ale, light and soft with a certain subtle grab always perking the buds. Very slight roasty quality, sweetly so over most of its stay with a light bready and brown sugar nutty thing going on. Clean and mild overall. Great drying thats light and cocoa dusted towards the finish. Clean and mild mannered in its carbonation and feel, a bit shy of medium bodied leaning fairly heavily to a lighter bodied quickness. Which makes for a great drinker; so it sits very high on the drinkable scale. Seemingly simple, yet not. Favorablely surprising and subtle. Growler worthy and sessionable.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, ruby red color, just shy of truly brown, hefty helping of cocoa-tan foam standing proudly and assuredly on top.
Aroma: nutty and sweet, light, mild, but pleasant.
smoothness reigns on the palate as well, with a nifty little side order of chocolate joining the nuttiness in the taste. Light in body, even thin, but feels just right for the style. This tastes good, actually, and I think it tastes even better the more i toss back. Perfectly suited as a session ale.
Thereís more to come, however. The name must refer to cask-conditioning, and it was available that way, as well on the night of itís initial offering. I didnít have a cask Beer Engine, but it got gushing raves from fantome, that esteemed ale imbiber. Guess Iíve got to go back tomorrow...(I didnít catch the ABV, but it feels a bit lower than 5%, if that)