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AleWerks 400 Ale

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
"400" Ale commemorates the founding of the first Virginia Settlement and with it, the founding of the American brewing industry. Beer was an essential component of everyday life in Jamestown, only the security and shelter provided by the triangular shaped fort and cultivation of edible (no doubt including barley) crops outranked the production of beer in importance. Fresh water flowing in local streams and the recently excavated well provided a source of potable water, but beer and other "processed liquids, primarily beer" were preferred drinks.
This ale, like the ales of the time, is brown in color. This beer may be more robust than 18th century brews, a liberty we chose to take. How could we possibly do justice to so important an event of 400 years ago, with anything other than a truly robust, full flavored contemporary "Imperial Brown Ale." Cheers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5650) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Very woody aroma with lesser hints of maple syrup. Opaque brown, thin head. Maple syrup is much more distinct on the palate. Chocolate syrup is also present. Alcohol is not noticeable, but there is a whiskey note. Holds up surprisingly well after 4 years. I was very fortunate to find this bottle. Not much in the way of hops, but after all this time, I wasn’t expecting any. I usually prefer a hoppier brown, but this was quite good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours a murky hazed deep amber brown with a thin head- low carb. Aroma is vege, dms, solvent, light dusty caramel malt, burnt toffee, biscuit, sharp edges turn to a grapeskin, and sour wine. Flavor is more tart notes, vegetal, tannic, grapeskin, moderately sweet brown sugar, then turns tart again with an ashy note and astringent finish. Blech.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Received this in a trade with edmedina. Man, I was really hoping for a good beer here on this one. I was let down. Appearance- Nice dark, amber brown with little to no head and no lacing. Smell-A nice nutty and sweet aroma. Nice hints of roasted malts and caramel. Taste- Horrible! There is this bad sour taste that just ruins this beer. Ugh, this beer became a drain pour. Mouthfeel- Medium body with very little carbonation. Overall- A HUGE disappointment! I really hope the beer went bad and this taste wasn’t intentional. Started off great but then went south! I don’t even think the Jamestown colonists would have consumed this swill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Deep amber with light tan head and lace. Brown sugar, dough, and a hint of abv on the nose. Roasted malt, sweet malt flavor and a malt bitter finish. Medium bodied but really foamy in the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Dark brown, frothy beige head. Aroma is slightly funky- molasses, lemon, berry, honey. Taste is bad sweet, lemon, charred biscuit. A little acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours a lasting ring of beige head with a copper-brown body. Aromas of brown sugar, roasted, band-aids. Flavor is roasted, toasted, brown sugar, infection. Sour, metallic, wrong. Let me down big time. Was really hoping this beer was gonna be good and right. Thanks Butters!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2009
bottle poured a dark brown in color with a thin head. aroma has dark malts, earth, and some over ripe dark fruit. mouth feel is really thick and light on the carbonation. flavor is richly malted, bitter nuts, and some funk. has not aged so gracefully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
This smelled really like a nice brown ale, roasty, nutty, cool! Unfortunately the taste was sour but not in a good way. I don;t know if this was intentionally sour or not but it does not work for this beer. Sadly, this beer ended up as a drain pour as I could not drink it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-21-2008 01:57:36

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2008
22oz from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Nice dark brown pour, almost mahogany with bits of amber in there. Minimal carb, almost looks soupy once it’s in the glass. I was all keyed up for something malty and nutty, but I got a dank, vegetal funk instead. I’m not talking oud bruin, and happy dank. I’m talking infected. Mild yeasty notes are detectable if you’re looking for something palatable and somewhat to style. But there’s some serious oxidation going on to top off the likely infection. Shame, as other ratings seem to suggest the ale is - when healthy - exactly what I’d hoped for and expected. As is: drainpour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3456) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Bottle in trade from Butters. Tall tan head that floats over a clear dark brown body. Coffee dark chocolate malt aroma. Tastes like your typical brown ale with a slightly sour/bitter note in the finish. I would probably pass on this one next time.

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