heemer77 (5337) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Normally I do not care for this style, But this is exceptional. Pours from the bottle with a dark and relatively clear amber. Has a little scum for head. Smells of bubblegum and peaches come out initially. That is followed by dirt. The taste is sweet and tart with cherries. There are also some roasted and salted peanuts. This would make a great session beer.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very interesting brown ale and not what I was expecting to smell or taste. A hoppy, yes almost pugent vinous aroma, that follows into a very sweet malty hoppy mixture that is very tantalizing on the tongue. Very well balanced and full of character. This would make a great session beer.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing mild about this one! The aroma, appearance, flavor and mouth action are all potent. This ale pours deep brown with minimal head, carbonation and lacing. The brown sugar, barley and hops control the aroma, while the roasted nutty malts carry the taste. The finish is full, as the body just sits on the tongue. The hop bitterness hads a hard time overcoming the heaviness of the malt. There is just a hint of alcohol in the aroma and finish, otherwise a solid hybrid (like a Newcastle mixed with 60 Minute IPA).
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Even their Brwon ale is good. Toasty nutty, with brown sugar notes, not really sweet though, nice enough.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very unique beer. Brown sugar nose. The name fits well. It has the hop bite of an IPA and the smooth richness of a brown ale. Also lots of coffee taste. I enjoyed this beer very much, so many different tastes to experience.
Lubiere (13404) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown ale with thick light brown head.Caramel aroma with light floral hops. More pronouncer torrefied malt with nuts, and pleasant bitterness. Woody notes in the end. Nice bodied beer, well balanced and pleasant.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy off-white head on a clear dark mahogany body. Aroma is nice... a bit of maple, coffee-like malt, and a touch of hops. Flavor is a good enough brown ale. Sweet dull coffee, piney hops. Kind of a creamy palate. Good all around beer.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Deep auburn in color with a durable, fluffy off-white head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, brown sugar and mild background hops. Smooth mouthfeel due to body and restrained carbonation. Toasty malt tones dominate flavor with a medium pleasant bitter hop finish. A very interesting combination of styles which I think DFH pulls of quite admirably. 7.2% alcohol shows a mild warming effect. Good Stuff!!
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red-brown color with a good head. Clean malty smell. Fills and warms the mouth. Taste of roasted malts and caramel with significant hops to really add character. Good beer.
thedm (6005) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 Original Rating 4-4-6-4-2
Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004. This bottled brew poured a small head of finely sized light brown colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was softly carbonated transparent and brown colored. The aroma was mild with malty notes and the mouth feel was smooth mildly tingly and left a finish of lingering malts and hops. OK, but not as good as I had expected form such a wonderful brewer as DFH.