Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Top fermented beer, a mix between Oatmeal Stouts and English Porters. Its character is defined by the 11 different types of malt aromas being used. Dark ebony, the nose is marked by roasted aromas recalling barley coffee, cacao beans and ash with a scent of caramel. It has a malty palate with creamy oats and hints of smoked flavor.
“To the traveler who will never reach his destination, to all those who don’t need reassurance to feel right”.

Although its recipe has dramatically changed with time, Sally Brown is the evolution of a type of Oatmeal Stout I used to homebrew. If A.F.O. is fully characterized by its hops, Sally Brown stands out for the use of 11 different types of malt including un-malted cereals such as oat flakes and roasted barley. Two years of investigation in the fascinating world of roasting resulted in the creation of a smooth, complex and balanced, drinkable beer. Its name comes from a Laurel Aitken’s song, one of Jamaica’s Ska forefathers, which was later covered by Bad Manners. In December of 2007, Bad Manner played a show in a venue close to Parma. I showed up during sound check to gift them a case of Sally Brown. They liked it so much they were drinking it on stage and while playing the song “Sally Brown” the lead singer said: “Sally Brown beer, the best!” .Those words filled me with incredible pride and satisfaction. That night was truly memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (15950) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
Bottle at home from Dranken Geers, 06/04/13. Pours light black, very dark mahogony brown in light with a good sized tan head. Nose is roast malts, light chocolate, metallic notes, dark toffee. Taste compriese roast malt, chocolate, brown sugars. Medium bodied, carbonation is a little overcooked to begin with but flattens to an acceptable level, dry in the finish. Drinkable stout but lacking any depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2887) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Dark brown, almost black. Big off-white head and tons of lacing. Hoppy aroma with caramel and malt. Taste is slightly hoppy with chocolate and caramel. A bit astringent and bitter. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (4047) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a dark brown colour with a small, creamy, brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts, acid, cacao powder, caramel, light sweet. Flavor is sourly with notes of dark berries, mainly black currants. Also notes of malts, some roastiness, cacao powder. Light dry, light roast bitter finish. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (4875) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2013
330ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Deep dark black colour in the glass with a crackling head of coffee coloured foam. Roasted malt aroma is pleasant and quite strong. There is a long aftertaste of cold coffee in the mouth and a mildly bitter coffee flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
330 ml bottle.
Pours a dark brown colour with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of lactose, roasted malts and tobacco. Flavour of roasted malts, lactose, grass and burnt bread. Medium bodied, thin mouthfeel and a malty, slightly dry finish. Past it’s prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8793) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
33 cl bottle. BBE 31.03.2013.
Pours dark red color with a smal head. Aroma of faint coffee, some vegetable notes, malts and some fruits also. Flavor of malts, caramel, coffee and some ripe fruit notes. Bitter malty palate, a bit sourish even on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (7887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
33 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 31.03.2013
Aroma is slightly sour with roasted malts, cocoa and coffee. Feels like mixed dunkel & stout. Flavour is somewhat tart and sour with roastiness, cocoa, some coffee and dark chocolate. Roastiness and sourness do not mix here very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (6079) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
330ml bottle

LOTTO 31 03 13 - Pours dark brown with a foamy head. Aroma of dark roasty malts, hints of cocoa and spices. Taste is sweetish, malty with hints of grain, roastiness and cocoa. Finish is sweetish and smooth with some dry fruitness and grainy notes. Decent, slightly unbalanced brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with very rocky light tan coloured head. Minimal lacing. Cap shows a heavy film of yeast sediment that tastes and smells like milk chocolate. Aromas of dark chocolate, a little coffee and some roast grain. The chocolate is quite dominant though. Pretty good. Unfortunately the taste really lets this one down. It is thin and sour with a slightly astringent bitterness from the grain. Really lets it down. Thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7663) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2012
23/11/12 - 33cl bottle from Gradi Plato (Rome, IT) @ home - BB: 15/I/12 (2012-1302)

Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: pretty English, yeasty, chocolate, toast, nuts. MF: quite some carbon, medium body. Taste: coffee and mocha, dark chocolate, bit sourish, hops, dark toast from whole grain bread. Aftertaste: grains, roasted flavours, sourish touch, citric almost, dark chocolate, bitter ending.

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