Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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3.54/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
04-09-2013 21:38:28 | More by flagmantho
4.41/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
03-25-2013 00:12:18 | More by Brenden
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
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
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
11-07-2012 02:02:52 | More by smakawhat
4.23/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
10-08-2012 03:54:16 | More by superspak
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
3oz taster pour
Enjoyed at brewpub on 9/3/12
A: Pours out a dark amber color. It's clear but not a lot of light coming through. Get some mild lacing.
S: There are smells of mild roast yet hoppy aromas. Also getting some nuttiness.
T: For the flavor, the taste has many porter characters. Getting that roast, that nuttiness, that maltiness. But it's a much thinner body than a porter. The finish isn't quite as dry as a porter either.
M: This is a medium bodied beer. It's good stuff
09-19-2012 17:30:52 | More by inlimbo77
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
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
1481st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
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.
09-02-2012 18:46:32 | More by FosterJM
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Pretty good America Brown to me. Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that lasts for a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber brown. Aroma is very mild, malt, and roast. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang up front, followed quickly by bitter, then just as quick sweet with an overall hop malt nut sweet. Body is of the classic good standard. Finish is short, like flavor, and drinkable.
07-13-2012 02:48:51 | More by drpimento
Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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