Doryman's Dark Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
pelicanbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
14 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.8% by volume
Bitterness: 42 IBU
Color: 33 lovibond

Added by NeroFiddled on 04-21-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
151
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
For Trade:
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of acurtis
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath. Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style. I could see myself drinking this on a session basis as it was very nice

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown body with a quarter inch of soapy, beige head. Hops and floral scents with additional notes of cleaning solution. Pine notes with medium bitterness. A bit sharp on the palate. Caramel malt up front, finishing with an earthy hop bitterness.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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