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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A perfect balance of bitter and sweet, this bold brown ale will surprise your pallet and bite you when you’re not looking. Derived from an old time favorite this brew was constructed with passion and dedication to get it just right and that why it’s winning all the awards. Formerly brewed at Bayhawk.

knewell's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
knewell (71) - Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Overall not to bad. Pours a dark brown color and has decent aroma. Taste is light but pretty smooth. Has notes mild notes of chocolate and nuts and a little bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ElBeerDrinker (2) - - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
At first pour, it looked dark but the aroma drew me in. I started to drink this cold and the taste was good but as it got warmer I definitely was able to appreciate all the flavors. Definitely the top brown ale for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Decent brown ale, bomber, love the design on the bottle, but the taste was standard brown ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Pretty damn good for a style that seldom is. Dark mahogany pour with garnet and scarlet edges. Minuscule khaki head. Rich cocoa, caramel, and brown sugar essence. Touch of vanilla as well. Aggressive flavor despite the minimal ABV. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4134) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Draft. Poured a slightly ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was caramel notes, some light brown sugar, molasses character. Touch of nut in there. Flavor was sweet slightly toasted malt character, touch of toffee. Pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle from Keg N Bottle #2: The liquid poured a dark almost blackish colored brown with a firm layer of foam head. In the aroma, a full bodied nutty scent with plenty of caramelized toasted malts. The flavor is rich and unexpected seeing that this was a brown ale from a random unknown brewing company. As for the finish, there is some sweet licorice tastes that make this beer somewhat decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alexanderj (3268) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle; poured a very dark auburn color with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, cookies, and fruit. A bit off, but not quite bad. Flavor was fairly watery with some decent cookie/brown malt that fades to a weird finish. Watery palate and fairly bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (854) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Pours a cola brown color with aroma of roasted malt. Taste is clean, roasted nut flavor with a slight flavor of caramel. This beer leaves a clean palate with little to no aftertaste. A good brown ale thanks to knewell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
msdineen69 (1) - - JUL 20, 2012 does not count
22oz bottle. Nice looking beer with bitching label!! A bold brownish/red color that had an off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Nice chocolate aroma, really pleasant. Light flavor, more chocolate, it actually dominates the flavor pretty good which isn’t a bad thing, a very very good brown.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fermantator (1) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2012 does not count
I’m not sure of the past comments but the batch of Hell Hound Brown that I tasted has a sweet nose and great color for a real brown ale. It’s not wimpy in color or too stout like in its appearance. The first sip gave me a roasty, chocolaty taste that was not overpowering at all. It dissipated quickly with the finish and lingered only a moment. Just enough to leave me wanting another sip. I have always been a real brown ale lover and this is by far the best one I have tasted. Perhaps there were sanitary issues with the brewery Cosmic Ales used before. I can say that they have responded to the reviews and corrected those problems and are now making a great beer!

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