Doryman’s Dark AleJanuary 1, 2004 Pacific City, OR
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Pacific City, OR
Pelican’s version of an American brown ale is brewed with pale ale, caramel, chocolate and white wheat malt, and Magnum, Cascade and Mt. Hood hops.
Alcohol by weight: 4.6
Gorgeous deep, dark tawny color has the depth of a fine painting. Head is tan, hinting at the dark roasts used. Nose has the malty aroma of freshly baked pumpernickel. The flavor is round and malty, but with plenty of dry hops to mitigate the malt’s fruitiness. Mouthfeel is complex and satisfying, as is the aftertaste. We enjoyed it with fresh Puget Sound oysters on the half shell, a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing and, for dessert, a bittersweet chocolate gateau.
- Charles Finkel
You can almost smell the freshness of the sea! Cocoa-malt aroma with an exquisite accent of floral (almost honey-ish) American hop aroma. Crystal clear, copper-garnet hue. Delightfully, a mouthful of body and flavor, with a hint of roast malt acidity and citrus balancing the sweet malt flavor notes. Somewhat reminiscent of the marriage between chocolate and oranges, but much more subtle and with the tingling warmth of alcohol. Nice. Enjoyable and worth paying money for.
- Charlie Papazian
The beer is not that dark—it has an enticing red/copper color. There’s a massive aroma of roasted malts, licorice, molasses, dried fruit and hops. Hops burst onto the tongue with a bitter cherry fruitiness and rich, dark malt. The finish combines sweet, juicy malt, roasted grains, espresso coffee and spicy hops; finally dry and bitter.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.