Tmoney99 (15312) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2009 brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, they roasted the heck out of this - lots of smoke and toasted nuts. Too busy a brown for my top marks - I like 'em subtler.
Draft sample at brewpub from notes Fall 2002. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a thin smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable average brew.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
This beer poured a dark brown color and formed a off white head that formed little lace. The aroma was of hops, malt and butterscotch as it warmed. The flavor, also as it warmed, was of malt and butterscotch. The finish and body was a bitter lighter than others. Not bad if your looking for a session beer, but nothing special.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2002
poured a nice brown, smoky aroma, burnt chocolate malt taste, with little hop balance, this just didn't work for me hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Rerated on tap: Bright copper color with a big roasted attack swirling with some smoke and some chocolate. And yes, labbatblueleaf, the amber was so succesful in the brewery that it is now available bottled across Michigan.
Original review 4/12/02 I've heard great things about this brewery in Manistee, but haven't been there yet. However, they are now bottling two of their brews so I was glad to get a chance to taste. The brown ale leans heavily on the toasted nut flavour of its malt, and this is nice at first, but I ended up finding it a bit murky and unbalanced as I finished the bottle.
Ale Boy99 (19) - Twin Lake, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2002
Hennes' inital review hits the nail on the head. What more can I say!....... labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2002
Tastes a little 'mediciney' but definitely has that brown ale flavor. PschProf was right in saying it has a hint of chocolate. To correct Hennes, they are now bottling three of their beers that I know of. (Lumberjack, Salt City Slugger, and this.) Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Please read Hennes' initial review. He has it spot on. Nut, dark malt, a hint of chocolate, but overdone. A bit like Acme Brown to me.