stiggywiggy (5) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2003 does not count
This is a most infuriating beer to drink. The fact that it's one of the best tasting beers around coupled with its uncalled for weakness makes drinking it seem like enduring Chinese water torture. The luminous color is impressive until you realize it only reflects its wimpy body. Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Perhaps I got a bad bottle? Anyway this is one strange beer. Dark reddish brown with a small head that nearly disappears before you stop looking at it and start drinking.
But that aroma... does it smell like dishwashing water? The taste also has me baffled. It’s smooth sipping at the start for sure with little taste until the finish. And there, I’m baffled again. A strange taste I cannot pinpoint. Hints of deja vu and all! It’s not really unpleasant, only strange. I’ll update as soon as I remember what taste this is... In the meantime it has a fairly good body if a bit thin a taste to go with it.
Addendum: that taste... sake crossed with rootbeer. I know, I’ll have my head checked.
Re-rate: This time I got as fresh a bottle as I’ll get. Straight out of a box and not off the shelf.
Aroma combines freshness with dark malts and perhaps a hint of caramel.
Flavour has me thinking of caramel malts! Mild earthy hops on the finish, with very mild lingering.
Not that bad, but nothing to chase down.
Re-rate on 31st Oct. 2008:
Had to give this a second chance after finding it above average when served at a party recently. Rating before: 4/3/5/3/11
Rather dishwashy aroma but a bit of burnt caramel, too. The flavour has a bit of nuttiness, hay and is rather pleasant. Certainly better than most big brand stuff that’s widely available if that’s not saying much. Quite decent, in fact. lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2003
I always found newcastle brown to be kind of skanky. The smell is kind of like every bad pub floor and the taste is almost like licking old boots. Still at least it has some character and a taste could probably be developed over time. Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 Very nice rich clour with a genuine ale aroma. Full flavoured, a little sweet but not too much. Not much carbonation but makes up for it by being ultra smooth. Is not too overpowering and is very pleasant to drink. Very refined and has a very dintinct individual flowery, nutty flavour. There is a lot in this beer to taste, every time there is more to experience as you cant judge properly with one tasting. The most pleasant beer on the market. I could drink yards of it. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Nice caramel color. The flavor is malty, sweet, and nutty, with some caramel in there. Light on the hops. It's very smooth & easy to drink in a hurry. A pretty good beer.
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2003
not alot going on, medium brown color off white head. nutty and malty with an easy finish. easy to drink and none too bad. lbjohnson (6) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2003 does not count
Nice beer. Very smooth.
Not bitter. But VERY
expensive. Not worth it on a regular basis. valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - OCT 11, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 For the comercially marketed beer it is one of the better. Not bitter at all with a nutty taste. Not up to par with most other belgian ales such as Belhavens or a dozen others but pretty good none the less for a commercial beer. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Simple, one dimensional beer, but pleasent and easy to drink. Thie beers popularity is easy to understand, as this beer has a good flavor and does not require the imbiber to think too much. Aroma is malty sweet with a little bit of roasted nuts. Beer pours reddish amber brown with off white head that mostly diminishes. The flavor follows the aroma, malty sweet, rather one-dimensional. I must say the one dimensional malty sweetness is well done and the beer is extremely quaffable. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Tastes as if you mixed 1 part budweiser and 1 part some good nut brown. I know this sounds odd but it was what I tasted all the way through. Its very good if its all thats at the bar or bad liquor store but there are many better browns out there. The finish and the after taste are the best part of the beer, this is where the nice nut brown taste comes through.