PorterPounder (8274) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2013 Rerate Still pretty solid, nice nutty flavor, thick off-white head - ABC -Tallahassee - Betton Original 3.4 Dark amber to light brown appearance. Fresh lake water aroma - good sized off-white head, very good thick lacing. Slight toffee and caramel notes in the flavor. Nutty back end, hints of chocolate. Pleasant mouthfeel Overall, a quaff-able brew, nothing spectacular, just all around decent. antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Bottle. Amber brown color. Decent sized everlasting head. Very ample lacing. Sweet nutty malt aroma. Nice sweet start with a chocolate malt flavor and a little roasted malt dryness, especially at the finish. Slight metallic flavor at start, also. Thinner body, like most brown ales, but ample malt flavors and a good hop bitterness (but no flavors) to balance it out and make it quickly finishable. I think the "Burly" part decribes the roasted malt presence and not the potency. Very good drinking session ale. Never had this one "pre-Schells" so I don't know if it has changed. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Bottle (from BadgerBen). Pours reddish brown with a nice tan head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, slight nuts and floral hops. Flavor is sweet, roasty malts, rich and smooth with a nice hop finish. Medium body and creamy carbonation. Nice beer from MN! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Dark Brown Amber Coloring. Medium Head. Roasted, slightly nutty. A bit earthy. Not bad, but not great. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle pours brownish amber with brick red hues, slightly translucent, small white frothish head, with plenty o’ carbonation.   Aroma of lightly roasted malts, earth, and nutshells.   Forwardly malty, rather earthy and somewhat dusty, with a bit of astringency thrown in.   Slight metallic tang beginning in the middle that becomes more apparent in the finish.   Not sure if this is what is intended, but this seems a tad thin and very astringent.   Looks good, even has somewhat decent lacing, but the beer lost me with its akward flavor and rather slim body.   Thanks goes out to batkins for the trade!
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Poured a reddish brown with small tan head. Seemed a little over carbonated. Caramel sweet aroma. Caramel and chocolate malt taste. Not bad. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2004
Well, this beer is brown, so it lives up to the name (you would be suprised how many don't). Drinking it cold, and I think it would be a little better if I warmed it up some (yes it is). Good tasting beer. It's about time those poor people in MN had something good going for them - lord knows they must feel pretty bad with that football team (if you can call the Viking's a football team) they have. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Appearance: color's a pale, rubyish brown, with red around the sides, and a sad, short dun-colored head swiftly blooms, then dies.
Aroma: hints of nuts and caramel, but largely empty. A peppery, cola-ish quality exists.
Taste: sticky-sweet, even treacly, rich in caramel notes, with light to non-existent hops, and moderate malt. Texture is terribly thin, carbonation feels too high, and could swear I'm having some sort of alco-pop.
Little body, nothing to enjoy. Drinkable, yeah, but absolutely no fun at all.
Sorry, James Page, not one of your good ones.
JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Brown with a hint of orange when held to the light. Fluffly tall light tan head. Sweet whole grain toast, brown sugar and light molassas in the aroma. Light undertone of vanilla as well. Light and crisp palate. Not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Cocoa seems to be my most predominent flavor detected. Seems to gain favor the longer I sit with this. A touch of peat and smoke, some leather. Some real Bamberg qualities. A good BBQ brew. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottled (most recently). Nutty, yes, but sort of in an alcoholic way -- like, wine-soaked nuts or something. More vinous and rich than a brown ale usually tends to be, thicker though I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say "stout"-like as some have. An uncommonly good brown, at any rate.