Big River Grille Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 155   ABV: 5.18%
Brown in color with a medium body, Sweet Magnolia has a floral hop aroma created by Mt. Hood hops. A sweet, malty flavor is rendered by Crystal and Chocolate malts from the United Kingdom. Sweet Magnolia Brown won a gold medal in the 1998 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5355) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 15, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 9. This draft brew was enjoyed at the Big River Brewery in Chattanooga Tennessee which was hosted by a pleasant accomodating staff. The manager paid for our samples and even bought us appetizers to help clear our palates. This brew poured a small head of off-white colored foamy finely sized bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent brown colored uncarbonated body. It had avery mild dark malt aroma and the mnouthfeel was initially smooth and slightly tingly while finishing with a lingering mild brown tingle. The flavor contained some of the good brown malt notes to it but not enough to be real good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Pours a dark brown with a medium head. Light lacing. Aroma and flavor are malty and nutty with a tinge of chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joet (2492) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
roasty, hully, this is weird, an appreciable attempt at balance, mild fruit, this one goes many places it shouldnt. a gold at GABF? this is NTS!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1602) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Had this with jgb9348 as well! Deep brown color with a not so impressive white head. Some malt and chocolate linger in the aroma. Chocolate and a nutty taste, and one of the better beers from the visit to the brewery in Chattanooga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5430) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Brown colour with ruby highlight and a thin white head. A chocolate aroma with strong maltiness as well. Medium-bodied; Strong nuttiness, chocolate and malt tastes. Overall, better than the average brown (I style I typically don't like) and one of the best from the visit! I had this on draught at Big River (owned by Gordon Biercsh) in Chattanooga, Tennesse on 26-September-2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3399) - Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Nice mahagony brown body is topped by a nice, reserved head. The aroma is slightly vinuous with an interesting smokiness that I wasn't expecting. The hopping is very reserved, but still manages to be a surprisingly complex brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Easily tops their other beers (except for the House IPA) in character and flavor. Very true to style with a pleasing sweetness that's not overpowering. Reminds me of Sweet Georgia Brown from Sweetwater Brewing (although not quite as good).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1920) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Sampled at the brewpub at Walt Disney World's Boardwalk. Red-brown in color. Aroma is strong of coffee and chocolate malt. Rather watery mouthfeel is disappointing. Hop flavor is not in balance with the malt. OK, I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (10707) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Part of a sampler: Pours a dark brown color with a medium off-white head. Light lacing. Aroma is light malt with a nutty aspect. Medium-bodied with malt, brown sugar and hops flavors. Finish is equal parts malt and chocolate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2765) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2003
A decent brown ale. A little light on the body but it has a nice nutty flavor with a hint of some sourness. Big River is probably the best microbrewery in this beer wasteland of TN.

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