willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2004
05.25.04 Med brown. Little head. Light malt aromas, slightly roasty, rubber(?). Tastes light and roasty, light coffee, some astringency. More like a porter to me than a brown as it’s not so sweet. Good stuff, though from this land of hop-monsters. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
[email protected]brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Coast. Not a style i usually like, but this works well. Drier than most browns, like roasted chocolate, with some tangy hops, pretty easy to get into.
This brown ale is good. Pours creamy and dark. Nice fluffy white head. Flavors of mild chocolate, carmel, and a bit nutty. Nice malt hop balance. Not as full bodied as I would have liked. Overall, pretty good. UNCCTF (587) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Bottled. Poured a deep brown with a small off-white head that laced nicely. This was a big brown ale with a nice robust aroma and flavor - roasted nuts and chocolate were the most dominant flavors. I will be coming back to this one. sloth (2919) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Small tan head thats short lived. A bit of stringy lace. Clear dark brown/chestnut color, red hued. A bit dark for a brown. Light roasty nose. Medium body. Subdued maltiness with hints of chocolate, roast and a touch of vanilla. Dry finish. Thanks ron!
SpringsLicker (3660) - Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2004
A creamy head started this out over a nice brown beer. The aroma was a light malt, with not enough back up in the flavor department. Good, but not great. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2004
pours dark with a thick creamy head. smells nutty and malty. smells almost like rogue hazelnut. taste is smooth. creamy feeling, this is a damn good brown ale. nutty flavor, malty aftertaste. this could almost be a porter. great brew hayduke (5599) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 I live where they brew it, and drink it right there at the brewery sometimes as well. Being a hometown beer I might be accused of prejudice, but I really do find this a pretty good brown. It has a somewhat sweet flavor with a hint of nuts and apricots and possible apples. There is an interesting spicy tang in it that for the life of me I cannot identify (secret ingredient?). Drinks best if not too cold, and has a very good finish for a brown ale. The aroma is top notch. I sometimes enjoy just holding a fresh pint under my nose before wading in. Generally I find that browns, like ambers are hard to do well. This is one of my favorite brown of all those I have tried, AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2004
Looks nice and dark, pretty dense looking too, light white head, decent nose, hints of caramel, malts and something i can't come up with a name for, flavor isnt as interesting as the aroma may lead you to think, hints of molases, dark chocolate finish, which really is this brews strongest point, not a bad brown by any means. frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
Pours dark and thick, light tan head. Nose is light apples and spicy hops. Flavor is cinnamon, apples and faint toast. Finish is very porter-ish, yet spicy and alcohol warm. Palate is a bit watery and flavors could be more intense to qualify this as a great porter. Not sure how you can call this a brown ale, maybe a light porter? Overall very good for what it is.