Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2003 Its nice to own a pice of this company they have some of the best beer's out there this one has a nice dark color,malty aroma with a hint of sweetness and a nice chocolate finish well made boys keep selling mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 11, 2001
This is my new favorite brown ale. Full flavored, malty, tangy. Looks good, smells good, tastes great. phersjm99 (25) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2002
A local beer for me, so a little biased, but a solid brown overall.......... Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
I’m not a brown ale fan but I like this beer. Slightly nutty aroma could be a little stronger. Pours light brown with a hint of red. Toasty tasting with a nutty flavor many ales have trouble finding. This nuttyness lasts long into the aftertaste and is pleasant. Very good brown. TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Translucent brown color like advertised. The head fades to nothing and bubbles are absent. A malty initial smell with caramel hints as well. A touch of hops come in the aroma at the end. Taste is sweet and sharp with a b ig malt, it reminds me of a strong sasparilla or root beer.Although its sweet it also displays some mature hops to dry up the beer and counter a big malt sweetness. The palate is juicy and refreshing surprising for a bold malt beer. This is a class brown ale and I like it.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Up in WI last week to visit family and my brother had a mixed 12 pack from these guys. This was the first of them I’ve tried. 12oz bottle, poured into a tall pilsner glass as that was all that was available at the time. Pours a clear dark brown. Thick 2-finger head atop. Nose was sweet with dark malts, grains, caramel candy. Semisweet toffee, breads, mild finish. Mild bitterness present, as this is sweet as it’s meant to be. This is a good beer and it really hits the spot. This is a simple style that I don’t visit enough. I like it. Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Distinct aroma, looks great in the glass but poor head retention. Overall taste has a smooth bite to it. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Unlike Slikwily, I've had mixed experiences with James Page's brews. Their Finnegan's Irish Ale is excellent, and after tasting the Burly Brown, I'd have to say it gives Finnegans a run for its money. Very nice, heavy hopped flavor. Medium roasted malt is well balanced by the bitterness. Reminds me a little of Summit Extra Pale Ale, but this is better. It wont show up with as good a rating due to Summit's having higher Aroma and Appearance marks, but where it really counts, flavor, the Burly Brown wins out. badgerben (5251) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2003
This almost looked like a quasi-stout, more black than brown. Little head. The scent is hard to place for me... a little malty perhaps. Very smooth, malt and barley taste. Light on the carbonation. Very nice beer and easy to drink. FYI: don't let it sit around a lengthy time. As I finish this one it's gotten increasingly bitter. But it's good for well over 40 minutes. 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.