Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
Dark burgundy; glosette raisins aroma; some paper but beyond that light fruitiness and a pleasurably mellow brown. Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Draft sample at NH Brewpub. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted nutty malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex solid brew. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Deep brown, little head. Sweet deep aroma, complex malty with hint of alcohol (port). Taste is roasty, sweet malty, with a pleasant hint of alcohol. Good body that finishes malty bitter. Very nice beer! JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Sample at New Holland. Clear brown pour with a medium beige head. Caramel malt nose with a bit of hop and a hint of cognac. Caramel malt flavor with a hint of smoke and pear before a hoppy finish. Pretty solid. Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 21, 2002
Dark brown color, some head. Nice, nice aroma (sweet fruits of forest that makes you smile). This one is one of those I have trouble describing it. Sweet at first, coffeyish at the end.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2012
On tap at New Holland Brewpub. Dark brown with a creamy tan crown and a ring of lace. Aroma of roasted malts, nuts, darker malts and some light cocoa. Taste is dark and tasty with roasted malt, nuts, chocolate and a semi-chalky and metallic finish. Decent but a bit too metallic as it warmed. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
On tap at New Holland. Deep sanguine red-brown body (probably the darkest brown ale I’ve tried), thin off-white head. Light aroma (I hate it when brewpubs serve their beers too cold), grainy and toasty/nutty. Flavor was very chocolatey and nutty with some raosted toasty aspects, kind of winey/grapey and woody. Has a tannin-heavy mouthfeel that coats the mouth. Just a touch of dark fruits before the long, roasted bitter finish. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2002
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) ’02: Pours a medium brown color, really big malty aroma that has a lot going on. Unfortunately doesn’t taste as good (but with a long robust aftertaste), but still top notch. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2002
I agree entirely with what Hennes says re: this quite roasty-nosed brew, except I woundn’t characterize it as mellow, exactly. I also believe the quality of the midwestern brown styles, which I am now certain exists separate from, say, California browns, is extraordinary. Very nice beer. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Dark pint, from brewpub tapper. Light nutty nose and some bitterness. First taste is faint with coffee, hazlenut and cream. Fluffy body,and taste is decent enough to enjoy a full pint of.