Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Doryman's Dark AleDoryman's Dark Ale

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very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 68
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Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of HugePlume
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BillyB
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of beerandnugs
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath. Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style. I could see myself drinking this on a session basis as it was very nice

Photo of tvv375ia
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-almost a burnt orange color with about a two finger head that left some lacing as it faded to a small cap

S-some piney hops when I first poured into the glass but that seems to have faded away and now it is a faint carmel smell

T-some chocolate and carmel but not much and then it has a piney hop finish

M-good carbonation medium bodied

O-good but not great, I would probably have it again if I get the chance but won't necessarily seek it out

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep sanguineous color on the pour, the head elephantine in size, creamy in texture, and a nice light tan in color, as the head evanesces, a thick and sticky sheet of lace is left behind to conceal the glass. Sweet lightly toasted malt dominates the otherwise fresh and clean nose with the start thick malt and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a ferine acidity, the hops are prickly in their spiciness, quite dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste. A likeable beer, and one that I could get quite fond of.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark brown amber hue with a huge four finger frothy tan head. Very creamy in appearance, falls slowly with great retention and thick sticky lacing.

S: Not a huge aroma, faint nutty aroma, bread, slightly malty.

T: Wow, the flavor is so much bigger than the nose. Big malt upfront with lots of hazelnut and brown sugar, not too sweet with nice bread characteristics. Good amount of hops, well balanced for a brown, not too sweet, not too hoppy.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation, big bubbles, long finish of bready malt with a clean and dry finish of hops. Might be a little heavy for the style.

D: Very drinkable brown, great example of the style. This is what I look for in a brown ale!

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Alucard4

Look: Dark brown with red highlights and a 1/2 inch tan head and very good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Light dark fruit and caramel nose. It is a bit weak however

Taste: Taste is a bit more potent than the nose. A bit of raisin upfront which is backed up by a nice caramel sweetness finishes with a nice nutty coffee note

Mouthfeel: Just under a medium body with mild carbonation

Overall: A good brown ale for sure with a high drinkability would never turn this one down

Photo of marc77
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear deep ruby hue. Topped by a light tan, thick, persistent, densely creamy head. Foamy lace remains. The aroma is a unique melange of lightly juicy grapefruit Cascades and floral, noble esque hops along with roasted tinged dark caramel malt. Chocolate malt adds a rounding depth. A pleasure to inhale. Notes of nutty, brittle like sweetness upfront in flavor are quickly complemented by well integrated chocolate malt, which is dryish and akin to lightly sweetened cocoa powder. Judicious dark caramel malt presence is contrasted by an appropriately mild hop bitterness. Impression of demerara sweetness emerges mid palate along with a soft herbal hop flavor. Medium bodied with an agreeable smooth mouthfeel facilitated by both residual dextrins and carbonation lower than the norm. Hop bitterness diminishes late, allowing the chocolate malt character to become pleasantly milky sweet. Finishes lightly sweet, offset by mildly roasty fleeting chocolate malt bitterness. Doryman's Dark is a flavorful, superbly balanced brown ale. Malt and hop character nearly coalesce perfectly. Soft on the palate with superlative drinkability.

Photo of guitarmage
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: On-tap at the source, Pelican Brewery in Pacific City. Dark brown with copper highlights, black through the center. Pale beige lacing covers the whole beer.

Smell: Toasty malt, coffee, dark chocolate, smells like a Speedway.

Taste: Toasty gentle flavors, faint espresso like acidity, sweetness is chocolately, leafy hop oils come in and dry out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp hit of carbonation, soft water like smoothness.

Drinkability: Badass brown ale, good brown ale flavor like a Buzzsaw, but I think perhaps a better mouth feel and a little more complex.

Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok my second bomber bought while camping o the Oregon coast.
Nice enough brew to look at , dark brown.with a fair sized bubbly tan head that went down fast but left good lacing.
Nice aroma a good blend of the dark chocolate like malts and the spritzy hop.

Again the taste is well balanced with the nutty, chocolaty malts dominating at first sip then the hops( Cascade and Mt Hood) assert themselves on the last section of the sip. It says this is an "American Brown Ale" on the bottle and they are not wrong..the hops are very noticable compared to the more traditional English style browns.
Its ok on the palate..but maybe a little on the thin side.
Quite a nice "quaffer"..I would like to taste this on tap at the Pelican someday soon.

Photo of hamilton23
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a good amount of beige head.

S: Some bread, toasted malts, maybe just a bit of caramel or toffee.

T: Nutty, slightly sweet with a fair amount of hop bitterness in the back. This presents a really nice balance.

M: good carbonation, a slightly dry finish.

O: This is one of the better hoppy browns that I have had. I liked it better than Bender and other similar in this style.

Photo of vkv822
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber brown with a thin foamy white head.

Floral hops and lightly sweet, nutty malts.

Tasty easy drinking brown ale.

Photo of Realale
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy rich brown in color. Thick fine mocha head settles slowly, leaving nice lacing.

Nose is bready malt and a substantial amount of earthy leafy hop. There is a nice, but controlled citric note as well. Touch of chocolate and touch of molasses develop with time. Great nose!

Big and malty in the mouth, although there is a leading edge of orange zest. Touch of caramel, but its thankfully well-controlled, and a bit of roast coffee. Hops are present throughout, and the beer becomes a bit unbalanced towards hop as it warms. Finish is long and bitter.

Good bottle-conditioned mouthfeel, but could be carbonated a slightly higher rate for my taste. Very drinkable. Fine stuff.

Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. See-thru auburn bit a big frothy light tan head. Impressive retention, handsome lacing.

Crisp and toasty nose with a dusting of cocoa and a pleasant, if surprising jolt of citrus. And indeed there proves to be quite the hoppy punch, but the citric flavors don't threaten the malty nature of the beer. Malt flavors are dry, toasty and nutty. Moderate in sweetness and body, but certainly not flavor. A brief dalliance with prickly bitterness before a smooth finish.

Overall impression: One of the few brown ales I repeatedly seek out. HIghly recommended.

Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to hopsbreath for yet another Pelican brew!

(A)- Pours a clear brown burnt sienna color that produced a minimal tan head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nutty dryness of walnut and almond with subtle cocoa as it warmed.

(T)- Same as the smell in the dry nutty sense. Has some subtle sweet roasted caramel and cocoa with bits of raisin.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, rich, and creamy without being over-the-top.

(D)- A solid to great Brown ale with what I like to see from the style. A good drinker too; very easy to enjoy. Pelican is starting to impress me more and more.

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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.