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Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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86
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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:
14 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.8% by volume
Bitterness: 42 IBU
Color: 33 lovibond

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-21-2003)
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Photo of guitarmage
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
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 hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of LouZ
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Bookseeb
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is dark mohogany having a thick, creamy head. smell is kind of muted with roasted malts and toffee. Taste has a sweetness of light caramel and roasted malts with a the right amount of hoppiness and carbonation with a medium mouthfeel making for a well rounded brown ale. Personally, the best brown I've had thus far compared to others tried in the past, a good balance of being not to hoppy or malty.

Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Derek
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this brew... had to look up the info:

Brewing Specs

Style: American-Style Brown Ale
Gravity: 14 degrees Plato
ABV: 6.2%
Bitterness: 42 IBU
Color: Dark Red-Brown

Ingredients

Pale Ale malt
White Wheat malt
Caramel malt
Chocolate malt
Magnum hops
Cascade hops
Mt. Hood hops

The citrus from the cascades is very subtle, so it's not in your face American. The floral aroma from the cascade & Mt. Hood works really well with the malt. Very refined, almost nobel-like. Smooth moderate body from the quality malt, off-dry finish. It packs a lot of flavour, but I wouldn't have guessed it was this strong.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

See throughable crimson-bronze with bright orange highlights. The generous cap is an eye pleasing shade of orange-tinted golden ecru and maintains a firm, rounded crown as it descends. A respectable amount of sudsy lace decorates the upper reaches of the glass, only some of which melts away.

The nose is a wonderful amalgam of dark malt, cocoa and citrusy hops. It may be a bit too hoppy for traditionalists (I like it just fine). It isn't an aroma that tempts me to use words like stupendous or amazing, but then show me a brown ale to which those words apply.

Doryman's Dark is a delicious brown ale that has more flavor than most. The flavor profile consists of roasted malt with very little in the way of chocolate or coffee; cocoa powder hasn't completely disappeared however. Citric hops make an even bigger splash on the palate than they did in the nose, but they don't overpower the malty character of the beer.

The Cascade hops are more noticeable than the other varieties (Mt. Hood, Magnum) and give this brew an authentic Pac NW personality. Malt and hops dovetail even more completely with warming and the resultant flavor is impressing me more and more with each passing ounce. The well-structured mouthfeel is as smooth as silk and is very close to style perfect. This is an exceedingly drinkable brown.

Doryman's Dark Ale is very good beer. There are browns with more flavor and flash, but very few with this degree of across-the-board quality. A near perfect malt-hop balance (from a hophead's perspective) and a lightly lush mouthfeel are the highlights. If brown ales are among your favorite styles, then you owe it to yourself to take a delicious pleasure cruise with the Doryman.

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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber fresh from the brewery (12 on the cap in sharpie indicates it was bottled in Dec), poured into an imperial pint, Doryman's Dark is a dark chestnut with a large tan head thats a little rocky and leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is soft, but with a really a nice herbal hoppiess.

Taste is pretty roasty, but cut with just enough caramel sweetness and minty hops that are slightly bitter on the lingering dry, roasty finish. Robust yet refreshing, a nice American Brown for sure.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is good, as this is a tasty brown ale. I really like how the brightness of the hops balance the roasty malt. Yummy.

Photo of marc77
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 smakawhat
4.3/5  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 sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber pours a brown to dark ruby red color with two fingers of light tan head that recdes to a thick foam. The aroma hits you with sweet toasted malts, then bitters a little with some roastd malts that give a scent coffee and pumpernickel crust and a little spicey rye hops. The taste starts roasted coffee and sweet toasted malts. Nice and bready. The middle brings out some balancing and developing hop flavors; citrus and gummi. Grainy and husky palate with the right amount of bitterness. Great session brown.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich brown color with good clarity and plenty of frothy head that leaves lots of lace

Smell: I'm picking up a bit of brown bread, but the aroma is very vague

Taste: Fortunately, the taste is a lot more powerful than the aroma, with a ton of roasty malt up front and a developing caramel base that is joined, mid-palate, by a minty, citrus hop flavor; after the swallow, the hops and malt blend together nicely and there is a Tootsie Roll aspect that develops at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and creamy with moderate, but foamy, carbonation

Drinkability: Just a fine all around American brown; note that this bomber was fresh from the brewery, as they are now shipping beer around the country

Photo of BrienVoll
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating but should be fairly fresh. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, toffee, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light earth, and light citrus. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, roasted grain, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, toffee, herbal, grass, earth, and light citrus. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Awesome flavor robustness with great balance and complexity; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent brown ale! Nicely robust and balanced with nice complexity; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this.

Photo of hamilton23
4.22/5  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 arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewpub back in early August with DaBoss. Picked up a bomber for $5.50.

Beer poured a cola brown with a nice long lasting tan head.

Nose has hints of cocoa and floral hops.

Taste is quite outstanding for the style; roasted malts, chocolate, and citrus hops are noted, with the finish a nice and smooth chocolate hop.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated to make this refreshing.

Drinkability is very good. This is a very good brown ale, one of the better ones i have had.

Photo of isaac
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. to wine glass.

doryman's dark pours, well, a dark body with highlights of laquered wood and notes of red, all sitting under a creamy head that sinks to film and lace quite quickly. nose is chocolatey, malty, and yes, surprisingly, has a nice PNW hops profile. taste is well rounded, if not a bit hoppy (good for me though!) with a nice baker's chocolate start, sweet, roasty-toasty malt middle, and a long, bitter, citric finish. body is medium down the board, though leaning ever so slightly to thin with its fine carbonation. enjoyable!

Photo of Shaw
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon.

Nice and brown with a short head, Doryman's Dark Ale also has a malty aroma and a great flavor from the roasted malts and Cascade and Mt. Hood hops.

This ale is just a few degrees removed from a porter. It is a very good brown ale.

Photo of gkunkle
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light brown color with an off white head. The retention is decent. Nose is floral and a bit of chocolate. The taste starts with a roasted flavor, then I get some citrus hops, followed by a more chocolate finish. This is more hoppy than I expected for a brown ale, but I think they made a really interesting beer. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than average for brown ales. Well made beer pelican, this would be a fantastic autum beer for a hop fan.

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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.