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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   ABV: -
Developed in the northern part of England, famed beer writer Michael Jackson calls "Brown Ales" England's desert beer. Bitter Root Brewing brews "Nut Brown Ales" combining both English and Pacific Northwest brewing techniques which gives this reddish brown ale its unique style and flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (22759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2010
Bottled, from Bozeman, MT. Clear nut brown, brief head. Syrupy nose with a bit of roastiness. Light-medium bodied with sloppy mouthfeel. Syrupy with notes of cranberies. Low bitterness. An unconvincing brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bomber from the Canyon Village grocery in Yellowstone National Park. Pours ruddy dark brown with a transient beige head. Aroma is very chocolate with a hint of nuts. Med body. Flavor is chocolate with a little lightly greasy nuttiness. A very tasty brown ale that finishes nicely bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13077) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle sample at Cincy Ratebeer Gathering. Poureed hazy dark brown hue with average rocky off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted nutty malt aroma. Flavor was moderate toasted balanced sweet with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Medium smooth body. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2006
(22oz bottle) Pillowy off-white head atop a crystal clear dark red-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, nut, light chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, nut, some caramel, light salt. Watery light-medium body, easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cola, carmel and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light cola with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11902) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2010
on tap-pours an off white ring for a head and mahogany color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel/chocolate/nutty, some earthy hops. Taste is earthy/dry hops, sweet medium malt-caramel/chocolate/nutty/peat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, nuts, coffee grounds and earth. Tastes of roast, coffee, earthy, nuts, and caramel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/24/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear brown, wispy beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma with a light lactic tartness keeping it dry,
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, a touch of caramel sweetness tries to emerge but the lactic tartness holds it back, light balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 5/20
Rating: 2.1/5.0
Drinkability: 4/10
Score: 4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (10779) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle - Rich coffee aroma with the slightest bit of alcohol. Rich opaque brown with a nice thin but persistent brown head. Roasted coffee, malts, tinge of bitterness and alcohol on the finish. The ’nut’ is lost on me but it is a nice dark beer, a little strong and more like a porter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
My Bottom Line:
This frail Brown Ale’s earthy and caramel sweetness is quickly spun into citrusy, lactic tartness, veering away from any semblance of a sessionable malty brew. This bottled batch is highly problematic.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the coppery brown.
-That earthiness in the nose is redolent of forest mushrooms.
-The finish is vacuous; neither the malts or the infection stay very long.
-The body is on the anemic side of things, but that might be caused by whatever’s awry with this batch.


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