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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our original brew! A smooth and easy drinking example of a northern English type of draft MILD BROWN ALE. It is brewed with a large portion of chocolate malts and a delicate touch of Fuggles hops. Although dark in color, it is sweet and balanced and will disappear from your glass quicker than a wisp of steam in the wind. 12 degrees P.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
(drought at City Steam in Hartford CT, 5%, AKA City Steam Ale)

medium body and ^drinkable, predominantly rich-chclt-malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
In short: Basic thin and watery fruity dark ale.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a little ring of foam
In long: Watery toffee and breakfast jam. Roastiness kept to a minimum. Nutty notes totally absent in this so-called brown ale. Malt economy mode in action. To call it thin is an understatement. Barely any hops. Carbonation appropriately soft. We drove through Hartford, the weather was shitty, we went to the City Steam, I drank their Dark Ale. Then I started to have spasms and convulsions. Boredom overdose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Light brown, off white fizzy head. Nose held soft milk chocolate tones that lay on lighter wafts of earthy sweet caramel malt. Balanced flavor begins with more chocolate and touches of watery coffee that round out to a slight hoppy bitterness. Light bodied, light carbonation, drying chocolate finish. Nothing special here…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2007
I thought it was a stout at first b/c it was rather sweet and heavy, but being a brown ale, it has other flavors in it as well which make it fairly complex. As it gets warmer, it gets alittle syrupy and flat, but it was great starting off....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
A brown ale with no nuts and some tofee caramel in the base. A very small touch of burnt coffee or chocolate was noticeable in the flavor and aroma. This one was most impressive in appearance with a brown-red darkness that beckoned to be consumed. Not nearly as good in flavor as in appearance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Pours with a small whitish head. Smells earthy. Tastes malty with some sweetness. Watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 on tap-pours without a head. Color is dark brown with red tint and effervescence. Aroma is dark malt. Taste is very dark malt, medium bodied. Minimum carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CTwriter (34) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
Poured with little head with tap from City Steam Brewery in Hartford. Sweet, but not overwelming with cheeseburger. With little carbonation, I thought the ale would turn syrupy after my long meal, but it held up nicely to the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
On draught at brewery 8/11/05 with Clarkvv: Caramel colored brown, mostly clear but not totally translucent, with a small beige head that quickly recedes and then dies. The aroma is caramel, chocolate, mild roasted malt, and a hint of coffee (barely). The taste is caramel, toffee, coffee, grain, earthy/grassy hops, with hints of deep roasted malt flavors and diacetyl (mild, well below levels representing a problem). Light-medium bodied, mild carbonation, very easy to either sip slowly or down in quantity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Came a dark brown, with a finger of thick dark tan head. Aroma was sweet, chocolaty and caramel. Flavor started with sweet caramel and chocolate with hints of sweetened grain, then turned lightly roasty, and a bit smoky. Finishes full with hints of grassy hops, but not enough to overpower the sweetness and roastiness of this beer. Not a bad beer, but I don’t think this will ever be the best beer on tap at City Steam.

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