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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Sweet tasting malty brew, medium hop bitterness. Dirty Helen, legendary tavern owner, supposedly could outswear anybody in town. An American original, just like our tavern style brown ale.
ABV varies between 4.3% to 5.2%


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Dark brown body with a sudsy light brown head. Pleasant aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, and just a touch of hops. Smooth, but slightly thin palate. Overall sweet flavor with brown sugar and caramel giving way towards the end for a decent spicy bite. Not a bad brew.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Not bad overall. Had a dark brown color with an off white head and was fairly carbonated. Tasted of roasted nuts, caramel, and coffee. A bit of hops in the end. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weevo (16) - Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle, pours dark brown, small light carmel color head. Not much to the nose, a little coffee some malt. Coffee, malt and a bitter hop aftertaste, some carbonation. 6 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2013
12oz bottle. Unfiltered deep brown body. Big, foamy off-white/beige head. Has the same overcarbonated, potentially infected taste and mouthfeel their other bottles have had. Tastes like it would have been a decent beer. If you can’t bottle without infection maybe you shouldn’t bottle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle to taster. Looks solid; a fairly transparent dark brown with foamy off-white head. Smells and tastes of dark malt and hops with an average mouthfeel. Okay.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2013
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Jonathan. Pours brown with a frothy off-white head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, nuts, and light hops. Good flavor of coffee and cocoa with faint floral hops. My expectations were low so this easily exceeded them.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3450) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate pillowy tan head on it. I find the nose to be pretty light, despite warming it up; I only get slight bits of toasting on it, and nothing else. Taste has some of the same toasting elements, but with the addition of some hoppy bitterness to it that was a little surprising. Not bad in the end.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wmubronco1992 (601) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown. Large light tan head with good retention. Mild malty caramel aroma. Bitter nutty flavor. Mouthfeel of the same. Overall a decent, but relatively average brown.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Pours dark brown, nose of chocolate and caramel, maybe a hint of peanuts. Heavy with malts, but a good nutty sweet flavor. A tad bitter on the end. Not bad..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Mediocre. Heavy on the malts, caramel, toffee and some off flavors. Butter. Brown sugary sweet. Not particularly thick, but the body is decent.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwm1034 (626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle from the singles rack at Binnys. Pours medium brown with foamy head. Dissipates rapidly to reveal a hoppy bitter nose and taste...a little too much...covers the malty body...not bad but not top of the pile.


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