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Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Doryman's Dark AleDoryman's Dark Ale

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very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-21-2003

14 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.8% by volume
Bitterness: 42 IBU
Color: 33 lovibond
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 147
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice finger of tan head on a clear, brown body.
Aroma is a faint toasted malt.
The taste is a roasted malt throughout, a little nutty and mild bitterness in the finish.
Smooth texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
Great flavor and balance throughout. The smell was the only letdown for being so faint.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online
Thanks, http://www.yourlittlebeachtown.com/store!

A gorgeous color of dark orange, caramel, amber, and brown, getting lighter and lighter toward the thinner stem of the glass. Thick, persistent light brown head that leaves the glass just covered in messy lace. Perfect.

Biscuity aroma, with a bit of sweetness, and some earthy hops. Simple and accessible.

A flavorful brown ale with lots of biscuity malt character, earthy yet bright hops, and a touch of cinnamon like spice and caramel sweetness. Complex for a brown, though simple enough to be highly drinkable.

Incredibly full mouthfeel, especially per the style. My biggest complaint with most browns is of a thin, watery body, but this one succeeds more than admirably! Creamy. Incredible drinkable.

A delicious, even complex brown ale. Happy to drink this anytime.

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Photo of sourdog
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thrasher
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby, smallish head with little lace. Aroma of robust, sweet malts. It's the malts that shoulder the burden here, being ripe, full, with a big toffee sweetness equaled by a darker, roastier quality. The hops are initially bright, and surprisingly potent for a brown ale, but in no time at all, they are relegated to the background by the richness of the malts. It makes for an interesting and successful balance. Hops up front, followed by a long, austere finish. This balance can be altered depending on how quickly you take a sip; for instance, a quick swish and swallow will provide an interesting blend of piney hops and woody malts that reminded me of both a red wine and a porter. Doryman's is a much darker and richer brown ale than many. In fact, it shares properties with strong ales and even barleywines. I would even say this has more Scottish ale characteristics than MacPelican's, although that may be a stretch. Like some other Pelican brews I have tried, I found this to be tastier on the colder side of cellar temp. Strange, I know, especially for such a malty beer. I've had this on tap once before, but I am currently preferring the bottle. In summation, I found this to be an interesting and commendable dark brown ale, in spite of the funny and well-written review below mine.

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Photo of acurtis
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Brenden
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doryman's is a dark brown with a very slightly opaque quality and a red hue at the edges and in the light. A very nice tan cap of head rises; it's not huge, though it gets fairly high; it does, however, have more consistency than almost any beer I've ever seen. It's thick, creamy and tight. this thing stays together and it stays the whole way. I never drops to less than half a finger and it leaves thick, creamy lacing in patches most of the way down the glass. This beer looks very nearly perfect.
The nose isn't quite as hefty or complex as the flavor, but that's not saying anything bad about it. It gives up a nice, roasty malt profile first and foremost with something woody, earthy and smoky. In the flavor, the malt certainly remains the backbone but there's a very solid floral bitterness with a hint of citrus to it. This brown has more going for it than most of its kind. There's cocoa, a bit of smokiness/char, a touch of something slightly woody, and a hint of toffee pulling through at the end. Browns can be tough to make flavorful, but boy did Pelican Pub pull it off.
The feel is smooth and rich, absolutely rolling with a creamy smoothness all the way over just a bit of crsipness starting it off and remaining light but firm from a steady carbonation. It's rare to find a brown with a ricj, robust body; again, Pelican Pub really pulling it off.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

A- A dark cola-brown topped with a 1 finger off white head with good retention. A good amount of light passes through, this is not an extremely dark ale. Fair lacing, Many small bubbles intensely rise off the bottom of the glass at first.

S- Not much nose, just a light whiff of toasted malts.

T- Deep roasted malt flavor, and a slight sweetness. Slight hop bitterness comes through in the middle, but the finish is more of the rich malt. Much more flavor than you would expect based on looks alone owing the lighter color.

M- Full body offset by curiously intense carbonation. It works though, giving a clean finish.

O- Very drinkable deep roasted malt ale of interesting appearance and genuine flavor.

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Photo of BillyB
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown with ruby highlights, thin, off-white head.

Aroma- Toasty, malt sweetness, caramel, nuttiness.

Taste- Roasted malt, nuttiness, spicy, lemony citrus hops.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp, carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability- Very smooth, crisp, malty and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Oregon's tiny (15 bbl) Pelican Pub & Brewery comes a multiple award-winning American brown ale!

A slightly hazy, reddish-mahogany body is topped by a frothy light-tan head that drops shortly to a creamy surface covering and leaves some very nice lace. The nose displays a touch of chocolate alongside piney and mildly citrusy hops. A very fine, restrained carbonation accentuates it's medium body leaving it smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts with a touch of citrus hops that quickly part to reveal a gentle maltiness that displays toffee and mild chocolate with a roasty edge. More piney and citrusy (mild grapefruit) hops appear across the middle and carry over into a lingering, dry and hoppy finish. Interesting, enjoyable, and quite drinkable. The hop flavor may be a bit overdone - the bitterness is well balanced - but hey, it's from Oregon! Really nice. Well worth trying.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a Sam Smith pint glass. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Easy on the eyes. Goam foam, good lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel, malts, chocholate, toffee, and all that.

Tasty. There's some hop in there, and its a bit different than most brown ales. Not nearly as caramel-ly or sweet as some others I've had. Almost holds back as if to convince you its a stout - but never quite gets there.

I enjoyed this more than the Pelican Tsunami stout. Found it tastier and much higher drinkability.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerandnugs
2.82/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was deep brown in color with little head. The nose was malty, no hops in the nose, not to style. The medium light body was well carbonated that made for a good drinking experiance. The hops were very restrained with the balance toward the malt. The execution was flawless as expected from Pelican, however, the beer was underhopped for a American Brown Ale. Perhaps would get higher marks as an Amber.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows bready, toasty malt and some soft earthy coffee.
Similar flavours with hints of smoke amidst toasty and bready malt.

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Photo of n2185
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A ridiculous frothy, beige 4-finger head and lots of layered lacing.

The smell is caramel & nutty roasted malts with some earthy hops. The first word that comes to mind when describing the flavor is balanced. The roasted malts with flavors of brown sugar, nuts & wood meld well with some herbal and earthy hops; slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation, medium-bodied with a dry finish.

This is very drinkable. It's well-balanced and would pair well with a cinnamon dessert or barbeque.

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Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 7th 2012.. hmmm getting a little late to the party maybe lets see how this goes.

A real nice antique white head, surprising on a brown ale, three fingers deep creamy. Body has a classic dark mahogany body, hints of red along the edges, kind of a dark walnut red/brown body, very nice.

Minimal toasty malts, a nice mix of spice and nutty malt brown ale senses. Quite balanced, simple and nice. A little bit of clove like chocolate too.

Great flavorful palate with a light body, almost wet. Mouthfeel sort of hits a back seat, almost wet even for a brown ale, but the palate fills with many flavors. Mild chocolate, great hop sense of lime and brown spices (clove/nutmeg). Light toast aromas, wonderfully balanced palate. Head brings a nice bit of creamy sense even with the slightly wet feel.

Overall this one great tasting and looking brown ale, very much enjoying this one.

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Photo of Dcbelkot
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tjcamm
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.