Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Doryman's Dark AleDoryman's Dark Ale

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 7
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: 145
Photo of HugePlume
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

A- A dark cola-brown topped with a 1 finger off white head with good retention. A good amount of light passes through, this is not an extremely dark ale. Fair lacing, Many small bubbles intensely rise off the bottom of the glass at first.

S- Not much nose, just a light whiff of toasted malts.

T- Deep roasted malt flavor, and a slight sweetness. Slight hop bitterness comes through in the middle, but the finish is more of the rich malt. Much more flavor than you would expect based on looks alone owing the lighter color.

M- Full body offset by curiously intense carbonation. It works though, giving a clean finish.

O- Very drinkable deep roasted malt ale of interesting appearance and genuine flavor.

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Photo of beerandnugs
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: malts, roast, caramel,

taste: malts, nuttiness, roast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: probaby one of my favorite brown ale's I've ever had. Very well balanced, crisp, and refreshing. Glad I was sent this bottle as an extra. Pelican Pub & Brewery makes some respectable brews.

the CPJ

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Photo of hamilton23
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a good amount of beige head.

S: Some bread, toasted malts, maybe just a bit of caramel or toffee.

T: Nutty, slightly sweet with a fair amount of hop bitterness in the back. This presents a really nice balance.

M: good carbonation, a slightly dry finish.

O: This is one of the better hoppy browns that I have had. I liked it better than Bender and other similar in this style.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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Photo of chumba526
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of oregone
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.


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Photo of Arbitrator
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of olmatty
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of loren01
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of isaac
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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