BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Amber ruby color with tan head & moderate carbonation. The aroma is well balanced with a nice nutty caramel body. Flavor is smokey with some alcohol & tons of caramel malts. Very balanced and tasty brown ale. I like this one! Thanks to <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 for the birthday beers! BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Bottle: This beer is beautiful deep, dark, ruby colored ale with a small tan head that thins and lasts the whole time you’re drinking. This beer has a unique taste, probably from the strange blend(?) described. Has loads of roasted malt on the nose, caramel, vanilla, and bitter hops. Opens up sweet with caramel and malt flavors, then quickly bitters with IPA type hops taste, then if you hold it in your mouth for longer goes back to being sweet with earthy, smokey, raisin, apple, beet, and slight nut flavors. Somehow the hop bitterness seems to come and go, while the sweet flavors in this beer change in your mouth. Wonderfull. The aftertaste lingers incredibly long on this beer, with lots of chewy chocolate, and some american pale-like hops. A wonderfully complex brown ale. Maybe the best I’ve had. ClarkVV (6711) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 2004 bottle. Other than the fact that this is filtered, it pours a wonderful looking mahogany brown with some dark auburns and more dark browns. Small beige head, creamy and thick. Aroma of light espresso/dark roast, chocolate, some hints of roastiness and some rootiness. Flavor is even better. Starts out with some light roastiness and some chocolate, gets smooth and sweet, with some spicy earthy/root type thing goin on. The hops are definitely the most interesting thing. They sorta waver in and out of the palate. Not too bitter, just good and flavorful, clean and fresh they add more complexities but dont throw the balance off. The caramelized brown sugar is definitely felt on the finish BUT mostly in the aftertaste, which is tremendously flavorful and lingering. I have a lovely sticky sweetness lingering on my palate. Not too sweet, as the coffee balances it and some hoppy residues remain. Some drawbacks are a bit too much carbonation in the bottle, and perhaps a bit too heavy on the brown sugar. Wow this stuff is awesome though. Unique and great. It’s funny that I come to expect this from DFH. Oh ya, I would never guess in a million years this was above 5 percent abv.Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2004
On draught Feb 2005 @ Bukowski’s Inman Square Roasty/nutty aroma, with some light tobacco, a touch of bitter hops and some caramel malt. Flavor not quite up to par with the bottled sample, while it still has a good malt and sugar base from the, surprise, malt and sugar, I wasnt nearly as excited as the bottle. Ginger a bit too noticeable in the body, as this one seemed more dry and astringent. Dropping it down a few points, but I still want to rerate another bottle.
Very roasty and very chocolately. Whatever the hybrid cross breeding the description says its great!!! Dark Volcanic Glass look, Big Flavors, hoppy bitter, smooth, full bodied, very very nice beer. My best brown. Those of you reading Dogfish and not consuming any dogfish, you’re really missing out on a terrific brewery. gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Deep ruby color with thin beige head. Did not last long though with some lacing. Wonderful caramel, vanilla aroma with some hoppiness. This smells like a winner. Definite sweet caramel, roasted malt flavor and burnt sugar is apparent with some bitterness. Not a typical brown, flavorful albeit a little odd. Very palatable but a little thin. I like the whole package. Good session beer.
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
The first sip of this beer gave me a very good impression. Great aroma and flavor, nice color and an overall good impression. But I noticed that the longer I drank this beer, my tongue became laden with an overiding bitterness that became increasingly unpleasant. As the night wore on, I kept wishing the beer go away. It’s like finding the hottest girl you ever met, start dating her and later realizing that the baggage ain’t worth the looks. I won’t buy it again. Perhaps IPA’s were simply meant to be IPA’s...not brown ales. Worth a try though......out! spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Nice deep brown appearance with medium head, thin lasting throughout. Good roasted malts, small hops aroma. Well balanced hops and malts. Decent sugar, sweet caramel flavor. Great beer. My 100th rating. Travled to over four countries. Many beers. Many, many more. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2004
a solid brownish red in color w/ very little head.
Extremly creamy w/ little carbonation
smelled of roasted malts w/ carmel and something a bit sweet behind that I could not identify.
a good flavor... roasted and carmely very smooth nice even flavor pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
12 oz bottle at Strawbridges. Delicious brew: hopped up Scotch ale or a "brown" IPA. The beer starts with lots of tasty aromatic hops, then moves to a sweet malty middle and finishes with hop bitter. Ethanol is not noticeable Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2004
The description and idea behind this beer is brilliant. If it would taste like it say it would be the best beer in the world, but this one is too thin and weak. It is a good beer for yellow-beer-drinking-wimps who wants to explore the great world of beer. But for hardcore beer fans, this is not intense and powerful enough. But off course it tastes good.