NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2002
Nose is dominated by nutty, sweet malt, brown sugar, and maple. Head is initially cream colored, and the body is a nice deep mahogany. The malt profile is mostly nutty (walnuts), with a tinge of smoke towards the finish. Maybe not quite as complex as is possible for the style, but overall, a fantastic beer. I have try to have this one around all of the time. Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2001
A hard beer to rate. A definent alchohol scent in the aroma as well as malt. Great presentation from the bottle to the color itself. However, something in the taste wasn't there for me. Maybe too complex for me at this stage but I thought it had a little too much alcohol taste. The after taste was better than the beer itself. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2001
I was really impressed by this stuff, given that the cloying Newcastle Brown tends to be offered as the apotheosis of this style. Great, slightly sweet, roasted malt base, and Goose Island's distinctive hopping make for a hell of a beer. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2001
Very good brown ale............................................... PhillyBeer2112 (2919) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2001
Very nice. Chocolatey, caramelly, and spicy. Nicely balanced with zingy hops. Brown color with red tints. Not full bodied, but still fills the mouth - very satisfying.
K-V-F-L (291) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2001
Aroma is welcoming, and good things happen from there. Sweet in front, hoppy in back, as desired. Subtle nuttiness doesn't get in the way. Cool. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2001
UPDATED: APR 2, 2003 A very impressive offering on cask. Nuttier than I could have ever imagined and very smooth. Maybe neeeded a bit more malt but nonetheless, a stupendous, accurate interpretation of a fine English brown. delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2001
smooth and creamy with a nice barely bitter nuttiness.
i was favorably impressed by all of the selections that i recently tried from this brewer (consistently good beer) Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2001
If I didn't know it was a brown, I would assume this was a porter. Mildly nutty and moderate bittering. baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2001
Marvelous brown ale, further proof of the mastery of the Goose Island brewers.