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Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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85
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
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 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.

scruffwhor, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

brewcrew76, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Doryman's Dark Ale poured a deep darn brown with a good finger foam head that looked a little like cake batter. Sweet storm like lacing.

The aroma was malty and a tad herbal. The taste started real malty at fist, went medicinal then finished with a nice malt that seemed to run on for a long long time. It was smooth and somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. As it warms you get a little more nuttiness on the finish. Overall a good and solid brown ale but I think it could be a little more complex.

cswhitehorse, Aug 18, 2008
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

brentk56, Apr 23, 2008
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.

ccrida, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of loren01
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

loren01, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. The beer is a dark amber color with a medium foamy off-white head with good retention. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mildly malty with a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture. The flavor is more hoppy than expected, along with malt and chocolate. The finish is dry and hoppy with a bit of a fruity aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.

Dogbrick, Aug 05, 2007
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!

isaac, May 18, 2007
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.

Bookseeb, May 11, 2007
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.

guitarmage, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of BillyB
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

BillyB, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

msubulldog25, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

RedDiamond, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of diablo14
1.43/5  rDev -62.4%
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.

diablo14, May 31, 2005
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 02, 2005
Photo of freed
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

freed, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Reidrover, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Thrasher, May 18, 2004
Photo of Realale
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Realale, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

beernut7, Nov 01, 2003
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.

Shaw, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

beerguy101, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Gusler, May 06, 2003
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.

marc77, May 01, 2003
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 21, 2003
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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.