DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: Walking Man Brewing & Public House in Stevenson, WA) Roasty bitterness rather than hoppy bitterness. Quite roasty, more roasty than most brown ales, but when I mentioned this to the brewer, he said, "If you look at the name, itís Browne with an íeí so itís not a brown ale". Instead, this is a blend of their Stout and Lager beers. Fairly dry overall. Ends up tasting like a roasty, dry porter. Dark brown color, nearly black and opaque except at the edges. Light tan head is small. Some modest lacing.
Oakes (14834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, hazy. Complex chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee and molasses. Chewy, rich, lush dark fruits, toast, coffee, chocolate. Beauty. Might be a bit thin but you canít have everything can you? (note: this was listed as a porter on my visit)
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Listed as a brown ale, described as more like a porter, you decide. Black colored, only the slightest hint of red shows through when held up to the sun. Tan head is moderately long lived. Good lacing. Aroma is moderately roasted grain with coffee and chocolate dominating. Medium bodied, decently carbonated. Flavor tends to run on the malt side following the aroma. Coffee and chocolate. A touch chalky in mouthfeel?? In my opinion more like a porter. Tasty.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Walking Man in Stevenson, OR on 7/22/07. This was a very, very dark brown, probably the darkest brown ale that Iíve had. Medium tan head with good lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, and medium coffee. Body is medium as is the carboantion, and the mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Rich malty flavors, but this is well balnced in a long, softly bitter finish. One of the better brown ales that Iíve had.