I was expecting something pretty special judging from the other reviews. Admittedly I am in the running for world's worst cook, but it didn't turn out that great for me.
I used onions instead of shallots, black pepper, and dried thyme instead of fresh as I couldn't get any fresh. I didn't have a skillet either, so I had to simmer the dish uncovered, which probably reduced the flavour somewhat.
My first mistake was probably heating the sprouts before preparing the broth, because by the time I had the broth ready, the sprouts where not "brown in spots", but black in one spot, LOL.
Anyhow, I simmered the lot uncovered and had to do it for 20 minutes as some weren't thoroughly cooked at 15.
My conclusion: the broth wasn't too bad, the brussel sprouts tasted pretty much like brussel sprouts. I think if I do this recipe again, I will remove everything to a saucepan after browning the sprouts so I can cover it. And I might cut the sprouts in half so they absorb more of the broth.