gramity (1217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bow Valley Brown pours a dark rusty brown and developed a two finger tan colored head with minimal retention and lacing.
The aroma is of roasted malts and hazelnut with a touch of coffee. It is not as strong as it could be but instead is rather subdued.
The taste is a little sweet with roasted malts and a bit of caramel up front. It fades into a hazelnut coffee finish. Quite pleasant tasting but a little bit watery.
The mouthfeel is thin and watery and there is a lack of proper carbonation (seems to be a trend for Brewsters).
Overall this beer was nothing special but did manage to deliver some characteristics expected of the style. I would drink it again if given the chance but I can’t help but feel like all these Brewsters beers were better on tap when I had them.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the 11th Ave. location. Pours clear brown, thin off-white head, soft lacing. Nose is rootbeer, mild roast, very light coffee, some fruit, and leather. Flavours of chocolate, barleymalt, light roast, and some creaminess. A decent enough brown.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark red with a small head. The aroma is fruity, nutty and à little grainy. The flavor has red berries, chocolate, vanilla and a nutty finish. Acceptable brown, but really underwhelming.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Looks great. Very similar aroma to the red. Lots of toffee and dark chocolate. Sweet and malty caramel and toffee mingling with roasted barley and chocolate malts finish is dry but not bitter. Very drinkable. Nice character. Good brown ale. But I must say it is pretty thin in body and there is a big hole in the midpalate.. Not bad though.
Cavie (3548) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red flavor. Roasted aroma. Dark flavors. Mainly roasted malts and chocolate.
VertBaconStrips (1947) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Got me a very clear nice brown brew, very small light brown cap that was barely above a skim and ring and near zero lacing. The aroma is pretty good with the roasted malts but there is waaaaay too much of the signature Brewsters aroma that can be found in nearly every style that they produce...and often that annoys me. Smells on the sweet side. Faint hazelnuts. Decent aroma but once again falls short. This also seriously lacks flavour and I’ve sipped it slowly to give it a chance when warmer as I poured over historical maps of Operation Barbarossa in my purchace "The Historical Atlas of WWII", but nothing really changes. Tastes quite bland with some bitter qualities. It is possible that I’ve found a hint of licorice. I just can’t nail down anything. Comes across empty. Mouthfeel was pretty much lame - some creaminess and weak bitterness is about all that is mentionable. I’d go as far as saying that the brewmaster needs to take a serious look at the recipie and actually create an appealing beer. It is not a terrible or bad beer; it is very easy to drink but just that is highly forgettable. Save your money.
patricks110 (1486) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had at the crowfoot pub on tap. A dark brown body with a medium tan head. aroma of chocolate, nuts, and slight creaminess. An unfortunate mild aftertaste. Taste is fairly plain, but overll this beer is above average.
GRM (2689) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glass, 5 ounces, draught, drank on site, savoured on September 17 2008; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: chocolate milk, light malt, light smoke, light burnt sugar; mouth: chocolate milk, malt, light smoke, light burnt sugar, finale in lightly smoked malt with a good presence of chocolate milk, enjoyable light acridity, creamy, slight astringency, lightly bitter; overall: fine
Verre, 5 onces, en fût, bue sur place, savourée le 17 septembre 2008; oeil : acajou, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse crémeuse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : lait au chocolat, malt, léger fumé, léger sucre brûlé; bouche : lait au chocolat, malt, léger fumé, léger sucre brûlé, finale en malt légèrement fumé avec une bonne présence de lait au chocolat, légère âcreté agréable, crémeuse, très légère astringence, légèrement amère; en résumé : bien
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - AUG 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the pub, Meadowlark location
Brown color. Light aroma. It has some nice caramel flavor with a touch of darker malt, residual sweetness to make it easier to swallow. Not very bitter.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[803-20071102] Tap @ Brewsters (Calgary, AB). Aroma has a bit of malt roast coffee. Clear, dark dark amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Flat alcoholic grains (without the bite) flavour has a bit of coffee and soap. Medium-full body. Nice blend but for the soap.