Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Brown, light head and small lace. Nutty and fruity aromas. Toasted malts and some bitter hops. Cocoa in the flavor with earthy hops and toasted malts. Smooth finish. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle: Light brown, muddy, small sudsy off-white head, so-so lacing.   Coffee bean, maple syrup, and brown sugar on the nose.   Yeah, it seems kinda sweet.   Coffee and roasted malts on the tongue, very sweet.   Body is moderate, mouthfeel is bordering on the thin side.   Not much hop presense, malts are not as big as I would have liked.   Less sweet, bigger malt, and we’ve got a winner.   Thanks Ken! Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Indiana_Red via trade. Aroma is nutty with moderate coffee. Pours an orangish-borwn with an insignificant tan head. Flavor is rather malty. Moderate caramel and chocolate up front with a roasted nutty finish. Don’t get any coffee flavor like I do in the aroma. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
12 oz bottle received in a trade with Indiana_Red - Thanks Ken! - Pours pale brown with a ssmall white head. Aroma is of brown sugar, caramel and a little nut. Flavors similar to aroma. Palate very watery and thin. Very little carbonation and not very much flavor. I’ve had much better browns but this is drinkable IndianaRed (5122) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle pours a clear medium brown with hardly any head and only a few spots of lacing. Aroma were the usual woody nutty semiswet notes but not very inspiring. Flavors were similar and a bit thin and flat. Expectedly low carbonation and slight lingering bitter woddiness. Just OK
pinkzambia (2111) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle:A clear burtn sienna with virtually no head. It has an awesome aroma of roasted to burnt nuts, but the taste and feel were a bit disappointing. It seemed a little light and thin for a brown ale. It had a slight bitter/sour aftertaste. This one needs to go back to the lab for a "do-over." Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Pours a nice clear mahogany color with a very thin head. Aroma is nutty, woody and a little dry. Flavor is sugary malts with reserved nuttiness, maybe some toffee. Hints of bittering hops and maybe roasted malt creep into the finish. I think there is something off here but the sweetness is hiding it. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but could be much more delicate for the style. Beaver (1868) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a small frothy head that quickly goes to a smoky wisp.BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2005
The aroma is nutty toffee and a little chocolate.
The flavor is a big sugary sweetness up front with nuts and toffee leading to a slightly bitter finish. It has some unpleasant medicinal notes. It’s kind of scotch ale like. The mouthfeel is thin and watery and light on carbonation.
Overall, I didn’t care for this at all. It was way too sweet and watery. I’d take an Odell’s 90 Shilling over this any day.
NABA ’05: Dark auburn. Nice malty nutty aroma. The flavor is creamy, lightly roasted and sweet with just a touch of hops for garnish. Decent brown but sliding into the cookie cutter realm. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2005
Burgundy color. Trace malts in the nose (caramel, biscuits) by a minty and floral hop scent and hints of clay and glue. Light toffee and roasted malts in the flavor with a light hop finish. An above average Brown Ale.