brownaler (742) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Has a sharp hazelnut and sugar aroma and has a trace of the Scotch Ale with brown sugar in its flavor along with the IPA bite. Another winner from Dogfish Head. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Clear, light russet. Well retained creamy, sandy-layered foam. Succulent raisiny/toffee malt aroma highlighted by dark cane sugar, bandage, root, and leafy hop undertones. Simultaneously rich and rounded as the malts are slightly raw and powdery. Mellow thickness on the tongue. Creamy carbonation. Fresh, raw malt flavors and mild medicine at the forefront capped with a leather, mineral, and raisin twinge. Leafy hops slice through the sweetness with ease as the woody yeast character lends a bit of dryness. Finishes richly malty, rooty, and lightly grainy with a banadage, medicine, cane sugar, and hazelnut coffee trailing. Stupendous strong brown ale with remarkably-composed sweetness. Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Most of the British style beers from Dogfish tend to be a bit fuller and rounder in style than would be one from "across the pond" and this is not the exception.This has a clean roasty finish and a great nose!It sure does not taste as big as 7.2% so tread lightly if you are whipping through them!
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2004
A very interesting brown, not your usual nut flavors or thin flavor. Dry finish and the 7% sneaks up on you jercraigs (11087) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2004
Nice brown body with a respectable smooth beige head. Aroma is muted with a bit of roasty malt that makes its return in the flavour. Not as bitter as expected, but a nice dry finish that only begins to hint at the alcohol content. Aftertaste seems a bit more complex than the main flavour profile. Sort of hard to wrap your head around but a nice beer. Brown sugar isn't really apparent until the beer has had a chance to warm up.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Bottled. Attractive ruby brown in color. Stong Malt & Molasses aroma. Slight initial hops flavor is quickly overwhelmed by rich roasted malts and caramel. Excellent beer - right now this is my favorite brown ale. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Really a very nice example of a brown, in my opinion. Good aroma, a nice flavor, and good overall color. fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Pours a dark, slightly translucent brown, with about a 1/2'' head. A malty aroma is complimented by flavors of caramel, burnt sugar, and hops. Quite comperable to a scotch ale, and generally, very, very good. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Pours a nice dark brown color with a merangue looking beige head. Slightly sweet, yet mild aroma. Does taste hoppier than it looks . I still taste the carmel maltiness but there is enough hops in the end to make this beer interesting. I really like this pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Bottle. Nice dark rootbeer/cherry cola color. The head comes out lumpy and frothy staying for a nice long time and with great sticky lacing... this one may be good. Nose is coffee and sweet malt, not much hop aroma although this beer is supposed to be rather hoppy...? Taste of coffee and nice slightly bitter finish of sweet caramel and a burnt sugar taste - good! Mouthfeel is full- bodied and finely bubbled - nice, nice beer!!