RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A full-bodied, brown ale with a rich chocolate taste created from roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Topped with Czech Saaz hops to give it a spicy flavor and aroma.

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VA Homebrewer (524) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Nice deep chestnut color with a mderate tan head and good lacing. Very mild spicy/earthy hop aromas are overpowered by a rich, intense, complex maltiness. Chocolate malt, maple syrup and nuttiness in both aroma and flavor profile. Fairly thick in body and perfect wor a cool spring day. Very enjoyable.

austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
My bottle wasn’t all glistening with moisture like the picture in the upper left corner of this page, but it WAS glistening with taste. Chocolate malt and a touch of nuttiness. Light hops. A fairly mild Brown Ale, considering it’s from the West Coast. I was expecting a hop bomb.

rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Tap at Kclinger’s publik house in Etters, PA. Pours a crisp light mahogany with off-white head. Barely any detectable aroma. Very fruity and caramelly with chocolate notes. Well-balanced, but not very drinkable, in my opinion.

elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Nice looking dark pour, brown sugar mollasses aroma. Flavors are present but perhaps a bit too subdued, consisting of roasted malt, dark break, mocha, nuts, tinge of coffee, and hops. A lighter, dryer finish than the very dark color would lead to believe. A nice effort.

euserphriendly (168) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Good chocolate color with a rich, thick head. The hops were just enough to give the beer a subtle spiciness to it. finished well.

hershiser2 (3832) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2004 offering. Paid $1.49 for a 12-oz single at Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA. Deep brown with a small head. Smells dusty... yea, dusty... with a hint of toffee. Flavor is burnt something... nothing special here. Not too malty, which is nice, but... ordinary.

Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours with a dark brown body with red tinting, topped by a thick, off-white head with nice lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet yet slightly bitter with a nice touch of rasted coffee and a touch of caramel. Medium to full bodied and a touch dry.

ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Draught. Sweet, spicey stoutish aroma. Almost fully opaque. Brownish, reddish with a large tan head. Fine bubble head. A little darker head than Guinness but similar in appearance. Excellent, fine lace! I want to give it more points for appearance. First sip made me shudder. Improved as my palate got used to it. Still, a little sloppy. Old draught lines? Tastes somewhat high in alcohol. But only 6.5%. Good spice. Definitely a holiday brew mouthfeel. A little tough on the pallate. Bourbon cask notes? Was my last of 5 brews on the evening. Didn’t really enjoy it. Kind of hurt my stomach.

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and spices. Flavor of chocolate and hops.

papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Bottle: Deep brown color with a hint of ruby and a small light tan dimishing thead. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy. Flavor starts nutty with a hint of cocoa then a little hop spiciness and a tangy dry finish. Modestly creamy palate. An interesting brew.

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