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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ursus Americanas, or black bears, are prominent in western North Carolina. But Catawba’s rare Brown Bear also roams these mountains. Its smooth caramel and chocolate notes dominate your first taste, then a subtle dryness cleanses your palate just in time for another sip. This English inspired brown ale is dark and flavorful, yet not too robust or filling. Libate, don’t hibernate!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4115) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2016
12 oz can of 5.2% ABV "Brown Ale". Canned near the end of April, 2016, if I am reading the coding (117-16) correctly. Clear but very dark reddish brown body with a small but decent head. Aroma: Dark and medium roasted grains; toffee; over-ripe dark fruits. Flavor: nicely balanced in terms of hops/malts; malt mix, and bitter/sweet. Overall: dark and excellent flavor for style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2150) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2016
draft to 1/2 pint. poured a medium brown color with slight off white head. mild to medium malt base, slight roasted malts and some chocolate and toffee. the same holds true to the flavor. mild brown easily drinkable decent flavor of mild roasted malts and chocolate and toffee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2015
Draft at the brewery during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clear amber-brown with a light, foamy white head. An OK beer overall. The character is defined by toasted brown bread, dirt, dry toffee and leafy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Pretty well balanced on the finish, with simple dry bread, mild leafy bitterness. Fine.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1709) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Just an ok brown. Pours a clear deep black with a tan head. Smells of vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is a bit basic, not much too it, but of coffee and nuts. Had on tap at the brewery.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Dark burnt wood brown pour with one finger of light tan head. Nose shows earthy malt and toasty grain with a lightly sweet quality. Feels like a soda. No body. Very light and thin with a grainy quality.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Msgriffi (37) - - SEP 17, 2015
Solid brown. Very dark in color. Almost roasted malt taking over, almost leading to bitter chocolate hints. Rich flavor but light body. Just a touch of carbonation. Bitter lingers from malt, not hops. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Sample at the Biltmore Village taproom. Reddish-brown color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Roasted malt, caramel and mild coffee in the nose. Light body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and slight hops. The finish is sweet with a short malty aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5565) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Location: Draft at the brewery (Asheville), 1/1/15

Aroma: It has a malty aroma of roast, some caramel, and chocolate
Appearance: The pour is light brown in color, with a tan head, and some streaky lace
Flavor: Flavor-wise, it is lightly sweet, pretty clean, with a nice, balancing, light bitterness
Palate: It has a fairly smooth feel with a light body, but it is not watery
Overall Impression: This is a pretty solid brown overall. Definitely worth trying. I enjoyed this one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Draft at Asheville taproom. Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Some solid nuttiness on the nose. Not a ton of nuts on the tongue. Finishes clean. Eh!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Keg @ Catawba during RBWG. Brown pour with a tiny head. Pretty basic caramel and chocolate cake on the nose. Not particularly noteworthy. Some accents of coffee. Slight red fruits, cherry meat. Some grassy hops keep things interesting. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice, does more from the ‘bear’ (ha!) minimum.


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