ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - SEP 8, 2003
My first reaction upon pour was "wow!, this looks serious". Pours a dark mahogany with ruby highlights. The monster tan head is very tight, dense, and long lasting, with nice lacing, the cascade upon pour was beautiful. The nose is spicy alcohol and roasted coffee. After the brew breathes though, there is a noticable dropoff to almost nothing but a hint of cereal and yeast. The flavor has a very nice balance. Lightly roasted with a hint of anise in the front, followed by low acidity in the middle and a deep roasted coffee finish. Not sure of style while rating but tastes like a good porter to me. The medium creamy body is soft to lively and finishes clean. I don't normally like browns too much but this one is nice. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Little aroma but what is there is Malty. Great appearance with a big tan head on a deep mahogony beer. Flavor is fairly light but has the flavor of roasted grain primarily. Similar in taste to a light stout. Not overpowering and fairly refreshing. NOt bad JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Woody nose from an odd looking licorice-black, oily brew. Peated malts and anice in the first sip, and turning sort of chocolatey as it warms in the middle. Mouthfeel is oily and flat. Finish goes sour, with strange nutty, woody notes mixed in. Vinegar lingers... what the? jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Old wood soaked outside. Tangy and sour flavors. Some rustic smoke flavors buried deep within. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2003
A very rich, dark, strong brown ale. It pours a deep brown with a tan head that rapidly fades to a tiny ring around the glass. The aroma is that of burnt chocolate and roasted nut. The flavor has a strong coffee tone to it. Very malty.
bubbahollywood (3) - USA - AUG 24, 2003 does not count
Very dark brown ale with very little head. Has a nice thick palate and is not as sweet as most brown ales. Has a rich, strong flavor that is bitter like coffee. Overall, This seems to be a decent beer. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Dark brown/ruby color with a small tan head. Malt aroma with just a little roast and chocolate. Flavor of caramel and chocolate with some hops to balance it out. hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
I guess I'll go slightly against the grain here. This beer rocks!
Sparkling clear, beautiful deep ruby ale. Large, rocky, mostly lasting tan head.
Spiraling, dripping lacework.
Vineous aroma with notes of milk chocolate, buttermilk and coffee.
The flavor is chocolatey and sweet with lots of toasted malts and whispers of coffee and vanilla. Balanced fairly nicely. A bit astringent.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Medium-length, chewy, astringent and bitter finish. Damn nice brown ale! World class and underrated! beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Not a bad brown ale but nothing special. Toffee, coffee and malt flavor. Finishes malty, dry, and clean. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2003
I haven't had this one for a long time, and I was expecting that my previous experience, from years ago when I liked it, would be dimmed by all the beer I've been tasting lately. However, I still think that it is very good. It does not taste like a brown ale; rather, it tastes like a bock, specifically one of those Italian style double bocks. I enjoy that style a lot, so I enjoyed this beer.