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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Share this beer with friends!
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle, bought @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours a fine, light muddy, dark brown with a big, staying, frothy, beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, wonderful soft coffee touch, light chocolate. Medium carbonation, great dry mouthfeel. Kinda light, but in the good way. Flavour has lots of good cold coffee notes, light roasted malts. Long, lingering, bitter coffee finish. Damn, this is real tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle: Poured a clear deep black color porter with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee notes with some roasted malt and a side dish of lactose. Taste is similar to a ’’café au lait’’ with some light coffee overshadowed by lactose and sugar. Body is a bit thin thought somewhat creamy with good carbonation. Not bad and very different from its American and English counterpart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6313) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2010
On tap at 4:20. Dark brown with a medium light tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee, liquorice and some chocolate. The flavour is intense coffee, light chocolate and some piquorice and caramel. Very nice coffee porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14449) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2010
3rd June 2010. On tap at Brasserie 4:20. Clear dark brown beer, light brown head. Light palate, a little dry. Obviously a coffee beer - not sublte, but it is nice and fresh and minerally. There is an undertone of fruit to keep things interesting. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14019) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 bottle in hotel room ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft dry roast malt ... little over fizzy ... chocolate malts ... little toffee ... medium to light body ... decent enough ... remains of recapped bottle next day ... deep brown ...nice light smokey chocolate nose... light tan lacing ... very soft light sweet light smokey chocolate ... nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle at RBESG - Brasserie 4:20. Cloudy yellow - shite head. A lot of espresso/coffee. Fruity. Roasted. Simple but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2865) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
33 cl bottle from Bieropholie (nice bottle), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep brown with a fair tan head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma: Kinda funky, burnt nuts, borderline infected?, some deeper malts, black coffee and dark chocolate in a slightly tangy way, a touch of molasses and fruitiness, not bad. Palate: Medium body, loose and round effervescence. Flav.: Much less nasty with nice amounts of dark malts, mainly coffee with some chocolate and light molasses, some fruitiness, some nuttiness, light herbal notes; off-dry with restrained bitterness and a touch of brightness with a decent malt finish.

Not outstanding, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their light caramel compadres evolve into levelled green hop bitterness for a fairly simple, svelte Porter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the blackened brown.
-The smooth bubbling and slender mouthfeel make for some easy drinking.
-Menthol angles rise from the hop and yeast union.
-The overall flavor profile is balanced and of low-to-medium intensity.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle 750ml.
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dusty coffee and chocolate, light to moderate hoppy, light to moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091114]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2010
bottle 330 ml EXP 01 06 10 shared thanks to JanneK color dark hazel brown tiny white head ring. Roasted malts dash of chocolate & coffee low carbonation slightly astringing dry end

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 11

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50