AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
A nice brown ale with plenty of hops. As mentioned in the description it has the typical flavors/aromas that you would come to expect in a decent brown ale, especially molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. But they don’t mention that there is also lots of hoppy notes that make this beer truly stand out. Delicious. NachlamSie (3581) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle. Pours a very rich, deep, dark brown with a great tan head. The aroma is of hops and plenty of roasted barley. It goes down very smooth and the hops blend excellently with the roastiness. This is a darn good brown. Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
[Nov. 30, 2007]--- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --What a tasty brew! It’s full bodied with up front flavors of soy sauce, bakers chocolate, and pine. DFH’s brown ale does not suffer from any of the flaws I may be weary of, given the style, but goes the extra mile by delivering a roasty, bitter, savory ale.
Sampled from bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with molasses, dark fruits and cocoa. Flavor is balanced with coffee, cocoa, special-b malt? (raisins), plums, moderate amounts of spicy, floral hops. Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Leaves you lips a little sticky. A very good brown that closely resembles a porter. I’m glad it is now available in Texas so that I can put it in my rotation on occasion. tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Dark brown with a huge off-white head. An abundance of sweet caramel with hints of chocolate and coffee, there is also a strong presence of hops, this balance of malt and hops creates a combination that works very well. This is a fine beer, one of my new favorites. Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Poursa lovely dark brown with a lasting white head. Aroma has coffee, molasses, and a good amount of hops. Sweet taste with a bitter finish. It’s always nice to read a brewers description of the flavor and agree with all they said. I didn’t get much ginger in the flavor but there’s definitely coffee, molasses, rasins, and chocolate. A great interpretation of Brown Ale.
TheEvilTwin (13) - Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2005
I was dissapointed with this beer. I absolutely love Dogfish, but I thought this beer was not up to their standard. It had a nice malty nose with hits of coffee and dark chocolet and pepper. The body was decent, but the flavor was just not there for me. I to me this was reminicent of a home brew trying to hit many different styles, but not hitting any one. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Deep and dark in the color with a big diminishing head. Bitter dark chocolate in the nose, roasted grain heavy in the aroma. Semi-sweet complex flavors, caramel chocolate, malts, roasted barley. Hops come through in the end, a coffee flavor lingers on the palate. AN interesting blend, very drinkable. Would be very nice with roasted poultry, will seek out again during thanksgiving a great complement. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Very dark brown in the glass with nearly an inch of off-white head. Some lacing. Aromas are caramel, chocolate, woodsmoke and coffee, with a raisin/currant sweetness. A tnagy, dry hop bite on the taste gives way to roast coffee, chocolate, and malt. Dry finish. This is a complex brew, it’s unique, and it surely deserves better than a 3.66 average rating. There is a level of sophistication and tremendous balance that vaults this to the top of my list of browns. DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 Sampler from bottle at Binny’s, Orland Park. Hmm. My first impression is that it’s more like a porter than anything else. But DFH themselves lists it as a cross of three different styles, and isn’t that how porter got started? Kind of lighter in malt body. As I might expect, it has a full load of hops, but they’re more support than for conquest. And some notes of figs and perhaps a touch of cinnamon. Delicious! FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005
Pours with a frothy four-finger thick, amber to light brown colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, ruby highlighted deep amber-brown color. The aroma is sweet and fruity up front with notes of caramel, cherries and a bit of sweet herbal hoppiness. The nose finishes with a light roast note that evokes thoughts of toasted bread and milk chocolate. The taste is sweet up front, and is followed quickly by very fruity notes that are reminiscent of cherries, perhaps even a bit like cough-syrup (though only lightly so). The finish is long, though not heavy handed and has an astringent roast malt character to it. This beer is quite smooth up front, but finishes with a prickle of carbonation that helps to balance the overall sweetness of the malt. The body of this is fairly light, this beer is quite quaffable. There are some hop notes here, though perhaps not as much as I was expecting from the label; there is a nice herbal quality in the middle, and the finish has a solid hop bite to it that helps to balance the sweet candied caramel note.
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