hershiser2 (3064) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Deep brown, tiny frothy head. Smells sweet, but also very ordinary. Roasted and toasted bready flavor, somewhat like burnt toast. Nothing overly appealing, but not bad. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Very malty nose with a creamy, spotted head. I have to get past the deepmalt to notice the hops, but they are there. Excellent for this time of year. Alcohol is tasted as it should be, but not overdone. Small bitterness on the finish, but well balanced. Very nice brown. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Deep dark mahogany, rocky tan head. The nose is very malty with coffee, caramel, and brown sugar, some dark fruitiness, with a slight hint of earthy hops. The malt stands out initially, but the hops do jump up to fight off the sweetness. Alcohol shows a bit as it warms. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry malty finish. For a brown ale, might just be the best Iíve ever had. Another great brew from these guys... Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Puor like a mahogany table, think and strong and dark. Brown head, very nice. Fruity aroma, nuts and malts. The rtasy was quite good. I enjoyed the brown sugar in there. great beer singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2004
A very good beer. I like the pirate suggestion in the previous rating, very fitting, though Iím not sure why. Definately mainly a cross between an IPA and a brown ale. Both styles are combined so well to form this great beer yet are distincly separate from one another. Beautiful red-brown color, with a single layer head of bubbles on top. The light carbonation goes well with this beer. Sweet malty aroma. Contains hints of roasted earthiness, wood, dark chocolate, molasses like sweetness, slight hops. Awesome flavor as well. Notes of roasted nutiness, chestnut, coffee flavors, earhiness, very nice sweetness the brown sugar. Excellent beer and very enjoyable. Wish I could buy it here.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottle. This brown ale is thick, strong, and definitely pirate-worthy. Donít ask me what pirates have to do with this beer, just drink it and youíll know what I mean. Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2004
I really enjoyed this brew, very tasty and satisfying. Great hop presence, which really makes this brew unique. Still has a nice rich robust coffee taste. Especially dark as well in color and taste. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Iím not a brown ale fan. They always seem flat to me. But this is DFH, and Iíve always enjoyed what they do with a few simple ingredients, so I gave it a shot. It pours a rich, deep mahogany color with a respectable light brown (not tan) head. The aroma is pretty mild. Yeah, just stuck my schnozz in again. Mild dark fruit, smoky, barroom brawl kind of a smell. The taste? Another swig. Nutty malts, fruity yeast, good floral & citric hop bitterness. Canít taste the ABV. Smooth in the mouth, yet raspy in the throat. Pretty crisp finish. I like it. BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
Pretty standard for a brown ale. Nothing exceptional, yet quite drinkable. Tasts of nutmeg and spices. Warms the belly nicely. Cobra (1100) - - OCT 6, 2004
A solid "4" beer, if ever there was one. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Packaged in August, but no year. I suppose itís this year, because itís fairly fresh, and still somewhat full of life. Poured out a deep cocoa brown color, with mahogany highlights. Medium tan colored head stayed to the bottom of the glass. Aromas are of Scharffen Berger Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, slight tobacco barn, alcohol, dark cherries macerated in rum, malts galore, some esters, and earthy hops. Tastes are terrific, especially for a brown ale. They include dark, rum soaked cherries, tobacco, dark baking chocolate, malts, slight fruitiness, and just enough bitterness from the hops to balance everything out nicely. Lingering tobacco tastes mix well with the lingering bitterness. Finishes too smooth for a brown ale of this gravity. Alcohol is well hidden in the tastes, but prevalent when you drink it. Warming and comforting all in one.
One hellacious brown ale. Highly recommended.