Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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1.43/5 rDev -62.4%
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.
05-31-2005 13:01:37 | More by diablo14
2.8/5 rDev -26.3%
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.
06-25-2011 01:56:03 | More by beerandnugs
3.05/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
01-31-2005 00:56:22 | More by freed
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
09-05-2007 16:57:46 | More by loren01
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
06-27-2012 00:14:59 | More by beertunes
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
[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...
09-06-2012 14:30:12 | More by KajII
3.34/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
04-15-2014 06:18:10 | More by mactrail
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
12-12-2012 05:48:40 | More by philbertk
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
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
03-30-2012 12:40:03 | More by tvv375ia
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-31-2012 05:30:17 | More by Fatehunter
Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.