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


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4905) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Fresh ground coffee with a touch of hazelnut. Cludy brown, thin yellow head. Ground coffee flavor, a little dirty. Very good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2010
4oz. sample @ Churchkey, DC. light brown, medium tan head. aroma, nice coffee roast, getting plenty of espresso, some earthly elements. flavors, malty, lots of espresso, this one packs a nice roasted flavor punch for only 5.2%, some dark malts, mild chocolate. Thin body with mild bitter coffee finish and hints of dark fruits. I like the effort out of Ducato, in line with the style, though plenty of coffee to go around, nice bittering finish, dark roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2010
Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, fresh wort and some mild coffee. Dry and thin flavour with malt, chocolate and coffee

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11705) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2010
dark cloudy brown, smooth light brown head. nutty, roasted malty aroma sweet roasted malty flavor, although sweet still dry and without much toffee (which i like), some caramelly nortes (light-brown caramel). coffee, hopped mildly. good balance, fine porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3426) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Brown bottle, 33 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on August 21 2010; eye: black, opaque, nice creamy coffee head, light lacing; nose: roasted malt, lactic, vanilla; mouth: roasted malt, lactic, vanilla, chocolate milk, finale in roasted malt with lactic presence, medium body, average carbonation, slightly oily texture, a bit thin; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 21 août 2010; œil : noire, opaque, belle mousse crémeuse café, légère dentelle; nez : malt rôti, lactique, vanille; bouche : malt rôti, lactique, vanille, lait au chocolat, finale en malt rôti avec présence lactique, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, texture légèrement huileuse, un peu mince; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
Aroma:light chocolate and light oxydation... appearance:Dark brown,good tan head.. Flavor:light chocolate,light oxydation,small fruity flavor...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Sampled on tap at Churckey. Opaque black with a creamy, spitty, off white head. Nose is nutty, coffee beans, dark grains, dried malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, breads, light chocolate. Finish is dry and medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (6211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
Fine porter. Nuts, roasted coffee. Slightly thin, but perfect body for a porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (17715) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Draught at Churchkey, courtesy of Nahem - thank you sir! Chestnut brown, thin tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of Hershey bar, vanilla, cinnamon. Taste is bitter cocoa, milk chocolate, nutmeg. Hi carbonation, medium body. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Tap at Churchkey. Pours a clear ruby looking deep brown with a healthy, brown head that has minimal retention and spotty lace. Nose is weak overall- not much coffee. Actually there is some sulphur and aspargus urine/rotting cabbage in the aroma. Probably a DMS flaw. Some Mexican mole sauce and salsa comes through too. Very odd indeed and not 100% off-putting but certainly something weird is going on. Taste is black pepper, coffee, vanilla. Palate is creamy, fairly slick, a little too much diacetyl creates a buttery slickness on what is otherwise a very thin, light, watery beer.

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