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Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Doryman's Dark AleDoryman's Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


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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PDXHops

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:42:37 | More by PDXHops
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:32:14 | More by theghost3
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 01:40:01 | More by mjn5036
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chumba526

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears very dark brown with a small tan head.

It smells strongly of caramel and brown sugar. It smells slightly of citrus and grass.

It tastes mildly of caramel, sweet malt. The malty sweet taste is nicely balanced with a nice mild citrus and grassy, bitter hop flavor. This is nice brown ale that is not as sweet as most American brown ale: it is much better balanced then most brown ales. The malts and hops go with each other very nicely.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is quite nice. It is very smooth and there is a great balance to the beer.

This is one of the best brown ales I have had: a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:03:20 | More by chumba526
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:14:00 | More by RedBrewer83
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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 06:12:15 | More by sweemzander
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arizcards

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:56:29 | More by arizcards
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oregone

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown like week coffee or strong tea. Prodigious head os light tan that keeps refreshing itself.
S: Dark malt aromas. Hints of tea and coffee on the nose too. Bergamot and spiced chocolate.
T: More tea (Earl Grey), coffe and dark chocolate. herbal hops appear here to lending some brightness to the darker flavors.
M: Refrshing. The hops lift the beer a bit and the perfect amount of carbonation pushes it all back. Light/medium bodied, it's deceptively dark for the mouthfeel.
D: Excellent drinkability, which is essential for a well crafted brown ale. This screams 'session me!'
Well crafted. Definitly one I'll return to, but not one thats built to excite. Thankfully, I'm only looking for a tasty charaterful quaff in a brown, and this overdelivers for the style. Way overdelivers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 21:54:19 | More by oregone
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 19:43:10 | More by sholland119
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Arbitrator

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Pacific City. Big thanks to ramnuts for the drive out there! From notes.

A: Pours a clear nut brown body, with a light beige collar and light film on top of the brew.

S: Roast, nuts, chocolate, caramel, and citrusy hops (not a hop bomb by any means, but more than I expected to smell). Very nice, already an attractive brown.

T: Malty up front. Mild roast, cocoa, and a small nutty flavor. Hints of earth that offset the caramel that follows quickly after. The end of the taste brings out restrained citrus flavors, but they fade in favor of a cocoa finish.

M: Light-bodied, but tremendously tasty. I can't believe this is under 6%. Very flavorful for something that's so light.

D: Good stuff! This is a great reminder of "normal" beers that often go overlooked. Pelican did a great job.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 08:10:29 | More by Arbitrator
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Overlord

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish brown. Nice two inch tan foam head.

Smells like ... pine, yet with some roasted malt and cocoa. Wha? Kind of like a porter mixed with a brown ale (there's some earthiness to the aroma) with a splash of ipa.

Taste is mostly dark, roasted malt, some earthy mustiness, and a bracing splash of pine and ... maybe grapefruit, though mostly bittering pine. The cocoa and coffee roastiness really make this seem more like a porter to me than anything else. It really doesn't fit in with any style.

Another solid beer from Pelican.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 06:58:05 | More by Overlord
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olmatty

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep brown with a hint of amber, low off-white head and light lacing

Smell- Lightly sweet and creamy and light malt

Taste- Flavors of dark then light malts, very lightly sweet and a low hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated and middling body

Drinkability- Very drinkable and smooth. A nice brew, nothing off at all, but somewhat unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 06:42:02 | More by olmatty
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 00:43:59 | More by KTCamm
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:21:51 | More by scruffwhor
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 02:59:40 | More by brewcrew76
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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.

Serving type: growler

08-18-2008 13:50:57 | More by cswhitehorse
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:18:40 | More by brentk56
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ccrida

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 04:39:44 | More by ccrida
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loren01

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 16:57:46 | More by loren01
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 20:43:37 | More by Dogbrick
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isaac

Oregon

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 07:40:07 | More by isaac
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Bookseeb

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:40:43 | More by Bookseeb
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guitarmage

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2007 20:10:59 | More by guitarmage
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BillyB

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 21:20:08 | More by BillyB
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msubulldog25

Oregon

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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2006 17:55:30 | More by msubulldog25
Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.