beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Aroma is faint, and mostly toffe-like. Color is more black than brown. Like a Swartz beer. Faint head. Seems a little thin for style. Flavor is toffe-like malt up front, with some fading hops following. Aftertaste is sweet toffee, but fades fast. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2003
More of a black ale than a brown ale. Abita's unique water supply gives this one a unique taste. Not very big-bodied considering the color. Hoppier than I expected, drinkable and not that bad. BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Beautiful, dark brown color, nice head, tasty, chocolate/carmel malt falvor. Very good, actually. AcctError7833 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2003
I relly enjoyed this brew. Had that wonderful dark chocolate caramel finish that keeps you cozy on a cold winters day. I was suprised to learn this was brewed in Louisiana, the Busch Light capital of the world. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2003
color is deep brown/plum mixture. thin almond colored head. bread dough present in aroma, slight coffee in the flavor. had a bit of a nasty sour little finish.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2003
A pale brown hue with good rocky head and no lacing. Coffee, toffee, and nutty aroma, nints of some spice and citrus. Very bland taste, not much going on here. Short sweet finish. Watery and fizzy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A very average brew, okay to try once and then move on to something better. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2003
a good beer, nice big head, nice smell, nice flavor. creamy tasting with a hint of a coffee taste, an all around good dark brew. only complaint i have is the head didnt last till the end. a good beer though. had it on draught EKGoldings (675) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2003 The first impression is of a slightly dark ale but the chocolate malt really adds a great complexity that I really like. It is a lot hoppier that I would expect for a brown ale, I would have pegged it as a pale ale with chocolate malt added for complexity. This is a beer that is great with food. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2003
This is one interesting brew. For me, it seemed to be all about the finish. At first it was empty, then all the flavors just developed in the mouth and throat as you swallowed. If it wasn't for the bland beginning this would get a 5 on taste. The middle gets a malty sweet roasted barley with hints of slight hop and some yeast like unbaked bread. It also had some smokey hazelnut notes. I wanted this beer to taste like that the whole way through. If it would have this would be a whopper of a drinker. Its still very drinkable, a bit on the light side on the body, but I just can't get by that start. The smell is also very interesting, I smell the roasted barley malt easily but has a strange wet dirt like smell. Kind of like a heavy rained out hiking trail. Good color, was a semi blackened red almost clear glowing. I'm a perplexed by this stuff and I just kept drinking it, trying to figure out what the hells the scoop with all its character. BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
What exactly makes this a brown ale? I thought it was much too hoppy and more of a burgundy in color than any real variant of brown. And too light colored. I expected darker.