Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Doryman's Dark AleDoryman's Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 143
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 6
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: 143
Photo of diablo14
1.44/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

for the second year running, these fellows have bought a dud beer over to australia and won best overall beer at our international beer awards. last year it was the despicable IPA. this year they foisted this on us. a boring, tasteless beer that was so ordinary i could/should have just drank a glass of water.instead.

it looked insipid, had no real smell, and the taste was, well, sorely lacking. it tasted like a test batch, before they actually filled it out with more malts and hops. it was alot like petes wicked ale, but even more bland.

what annoys me is rogues nut brown was in the same sectional category, a 20 times better beer than this, and didnt win. apart from that, i tasted 2 dozen beers minimum that were better on the same night. its a sad indictment on beer judges in this country that they cant get it right.

and no, i dont have a vendetta out against this mob. i dont like their beers at all, and thats one thing. but when the moronic judges in this country select this as no 1 beer over several better, it makes me wonder what the world is coming to. (1,083 characters)

Photo of beerandnugs
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of freed
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cola brown with a tight capping of foam. Nice lacing down the glass. Clarity is quite good.

The aroma is of roasted malts and of must - but the bad kind. The sour is that of milk, rather than coffee.

The taste is somewhat uninteresting and seems a bit effervescent. The brown hullish taste is dry and tart, but there's an extra flavor of astringency that's a bit more than is desirable. This of course negatively affects its drinkability. It seems the body is a bit too thin and could use a bit more 2-row to bulk it up. (534 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours brownish red color, good sized head, good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is chocolatey, and slighly nutty. Not too complex
T: Same as smell really. Tastes like a nut brown, just a little bit heavy on the chocolate.
M: Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied/creamy mouthfeel
D: This one didn't knock my socks off really. I was really excited to try this one because I had heard good things. Not bad but nothing to write home about. (433 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another lovely beer in the ugly 22oz format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear dark brown color with over a half-inch of tan head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma started out with some good earthy malts, but was quickly overwhelmed by a heavy hand of hops. After some digging, the basic sweetness of the style showed through. The hops added a pleasant tang at first but quickly took over both the scent and flavors. The taste was that of a good, solid example of the style, until the lupulin gang thugged their to the front.

The body was good, smooth and clean. Drinkability was very good, you'll find it more drinkable if you like the zing of hops, less so if you like a maltier take on the style. Overall, a nice enjoyable brew, whose score will suffer a bit from straying out of style. when I'm in the mood for a brown, I don't want to be attacked by hops. And, this bottle had been in my fridge for a couple months, I imagine the hops would have been even bossier had I tried it sooner. Certainly worth trying, and probably worth trading for. (1,083 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium chestnut brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that did have decent retention, reducing to a thick film with a large collar and had good sheeting of runny lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted caramel malt, spruce and floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a touch of rye.

The taste was nice and malty with a hint of chocolate and caramel early on, and then progressed into a slightly bitter sweet taste with notes of coffee, brown sugar and a touch of molasses with a mild hoppy finish. The flavor lasted an average duration preceding the swallow with a mild malty-bitter taste left to linger for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and slightly dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a bold and robust tasting Brown Ale with a nice light bitterness ant the end...

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Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quite a tall head in the Pilsner-style glass and the brew is a handsome chestnut color. Excellent retention on the whipped-cream foam. Plenty of suds in the mouth with a tangy carbonation. Not much aroma.

Moderate malt body. Roasty, toasty flavors with a dry bitter edge. Flavor is on the grainy side. Some sharp sensations of nearly blackened malt and acidic hops. Some may like the edgier style, but I don't get much hop flavor. Some caramel in the bitterness with a persistent herbal aftertaste.

This is drinkable enough, but for me it's a scratchy and bitter brew with harsher nip. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington. (661 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6.2% ABV--42IBU's. 22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Chuck's 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle for $5.59 + Tax. Thin mild lace light tan head. Clear bright dark black cherry brown color. Hint of cocoa soft chocolate hop front. No sediment. Slightly sweet medium textured chocolate black cherry tasty body. Clean dry mild hop spice filling refreshing end. Rich Brown Ale. (360 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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 (499 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1481st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

2012 bottling
Purchased off of Letspour.com

App- mix of gold/amber/brown. Small 1-1/2 finger head. One line of cling. Thats its. Fairly translucent with darker outer edges.

Smell- missing a lot of the brown ale notes. More hoppy and zesty with a peel note. A bit earthy. A little bit of a creme note.

Taste- no brown ale is tasted. Hoppy, light, zesty and clean. Bitter and clean.

Mouth- light medium and light medium carbonation. Was fairly hoppy on the finish. Not nearly enough brown dark malt flavor for.

Drink- it was okay, pretty average. Didnt really want to finish it. Only 1/2 the bottle. (643 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown body with a quarter inch of soapy, beige head. Hops and floral scents with additional notes of cleaning solution. Pine notes with medium bitterness. A bit sharp on the palate. Caramel malt up front, finishing with an earthy hop bitterness. (254 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, nutty-brown hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam; overall, a nice-looking beer.

Smell: relatively mild aroma of sweetish malt with a very light graininess and some light floral notes. Not bad, but a bit subtle for my taste.

Taste: lightly bready, biscuity malt with a bit of caramel character in the mix. Little hop character, although there's plenty of bitterness to balance this brew out. Again, objectively it's OK, but the biscuity character doesn't suit my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, rich texture.

Overall: definitely not my favorite brew from Pelican, but it's a decent brown ale which is worth a shot. It didn't particularly float my boat, but if you like browns this one should at least be tried. (877 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish amber with 3 fingers bubbly tan head that lingers.

S - Slightly nutty and bready. Very light aroma.

T - Nutty, bready, toffee with a bit of spicy hops.

M - On the light side of medium and creamy.

D - No flaws just not much flavor or aroma. (256 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium/dark brown color, medium head. A medium bodied brown ale. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Slightly spicy and somewhat floral hops. Good balance. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. Etched/painted beer bottle. (290 characters)

Photo of BillyB
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My revisitation a year later on draught at the brewpub revealed a very sexy red ale with a dark, brooding flavor worthy of anyone who takes a 22-foot flat-bottomed skiff into the Pacific Ocean to haul in a few fish. Though a bit dour, the taste has personal appeal to me. Cherry malts provide a harmonious starting point from which a subversive bitterness takes hold. A distant peaty quality and a few grains of sugar make alternate appearances suggestive of a Scottish lineage.

Headless, laceless. For mature audiences only. (530 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a color that is slightly darker than iced tea, but with a hint of amber. Fluffy tan head, good sticky lacing.

S-A little bit of light roast with a subtle earthy hop note.

T-Caramel sweetness with some bready malt and a sweet finish.

M-Light to medium bodied. The sweetness really lingers on the palate.

D-Simple, drinkable. Not much complexity but tasty.

HV (370 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jax Bar, Portland, OR. Pint.

A: Dark brown, like mahogany, with garnet hilights. Thin off-white head with little retention and some splotchy lacing.
S: Fairly dull - mild toasted malt sweetness. Some caramel and a hint of nuttiness.
T: Roasted malt and with a acerbic nuttiness. Lightly spiced. Good balance of sweetness and a touch of lemony citrus sourness from the hops.
M: Mostly smooth with just a bit of prickliness from the carbonation. Crisp. Medium mouthfeel & body.
D: A clean and likeable brown ale. Though available year-round, this beer reminds me of fall for some reason - already looking forward to the leaves changing and cooler, wetter Oregon weather. Sip on a Doryman's and watch the seasons change! (734 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of mjn5036
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a straight sided pint glass. This brew sports a honey infused hazelnut brown with red highlights. A beautiful looking pour I'd have to say. Large vanilla/malt color head rises from the pour and when it disperses a few minutes later, leaves behind some massive, sticky, soap-like lacing on the glass. This lacing continues down the sides of the glass as I empty this pint.

Nose is heavy on the roasted malts and toasted grains. Slight bitterness.

Creamy malts and roasted flavors mingle together nicely. The taste has much more going on than the nose leads on to. Roasted caramel and a twang of bitterness on the front from the hops with a smooth sweetness on the back end. The aftertaste leaves me with a nice nutty profile.

Drinks smoothly and alcohol isn't really noticeable by any means. Creamy and medium bodied with enough carbonation to help it go down easily. Another solid brew from Pelican! (928 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (October) poured into a tulip. Pours a ruby/mahogany w/ a nice khaki head that settles slowly, leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is dark sweet malt, molasses, chocolate. Faint but enticing.

Taste is a nice, simple combination of dark crystal malt and bittering hops to balance things out. Not getting any of the chocolate notes I detect in the aroma. Clean and crisp.

Really smooth, drinkable. A little prickly but satisfying, medium-bodied.

Overall brown ales aren't generally my thing but I liked this one, for what it is. (537 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Vein95
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Looks- tan head.
Smell- like a nutty roasted caramel espresso.
Taste- that smacks your taste buds with pine, caramel, nutty, dark coffee'ish taste.
So not too much of a bitter brew fan, but i can say i enjoyed this brew, pretty smooth, definitely tickled my taste bud to something different. I tried this one cause i liked the kiwanda cream they make alongside this one. (370 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep dark pour with an impressive head. The aroma is malty with a crisp roasted character. The first taste pushes the roast and dark malts. Smooth body with a moderate bitterness growing past a hint of floral hop spice. Nutty malt comes through nearer an unbalanced finish giving a final impression of a sharply flavored Northwest brew. (341 characters)

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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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