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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
A very traditional British brown ale. It has a distinctive brown color and has moderate maltiness and a medium body. At 4.3% ABV, and its unassuming flavor, this is a definite session beer. The overall impression is of a sweet, moderately malty mild ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5019) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. White head with little retention recedes to skim surface. Dark caramel and candy corn aromas. Soft with dark caramel and toffee upfront turning to bitter earth in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mep3222 (994) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Caramelized malty aroma and flavor. A little syrupy but not too much. Other than the malty not too much else going on here, but does have a full body. Little bit of odd home brew like taste. But an ok brown. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jb (2638) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
A bit boring brown and bland. Yeah it is true to style. On tap at lager house.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1459) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
A decent brown. Pours a very nice deep red color with white head. Smells of maple syrup and a bit of chocolate. Taste is similar, not the most interesting but smooth and well balanced. Had on tap in Saratoga.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Draft in Saratoga Springs. Standard brow pour. A bit overly roasted + nutty average at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhatB420 (760) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2013
12oz bottle into a jelly jar pint, pours rusty brown with clouds of brown foilage within the brew. head is light, small, thin and leaves a ring round the glass, seldom lacing. Aroma sweet malty, some flat spices like nutmeg and dry pepper. Taste is standard brown, unflaterring malts, sweet cushioned barely existent hops, and a sweetness that never escapes one while endulging. A bit toasty and a bit nutty, but nothing profoundly remarkable. easy drinker, definately a brown, but nothing more. ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2715) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
The beer pours decently with a nice reddish brown hue to it that passes through some light, has an off white head that dissapates fairly quickly and very little lacing on the glass. The beer smells decent with a very bready, nutty tone to it, mild malty and caramle undertone on the back end. The taste is decent with a solid bready, caramel blend with a mildly nutty finish to it. The mouthfeel is average as it the beer is adequately carbonated and it leaves you with a somewhat sweet caramel mouth. Overall, not a bad brown ale, follows the style okay but the flavors are somewhat milder than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4959) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2013
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours amber/brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel/pale malts plus a little nuttiness and a light hop note. Flavors all pretty mild. Average texture. Not the best of its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Bark’s Beer Cave (Plattsburgh, NY). Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et de noix. Apparence: La couleur est brune avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #4750)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 8, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had an expiration date of August 2013.

Appearance: Pretty much the epitome of the color brown, though a lighter shade and fairly clear. Forms a small, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves trace lacing.

Smell: Slightly odd, lager-like aroma, though a more common brown ale nuttiness can be detected as well.

Taste: The brown ale is such a common style and rarely exciting, I’m not sure why breweries (especially microbreweries) bother bottling these beers if they’re not going to have any unique features. That’s not to say Davidson Brothers Brown Ale is bad, it’s actually pretty decent. It’s just not particularly memorable or all that interesting. It’s a textbook brown ale, and an English style one at that. I appreciate it for its smallness, but simply being sessionable doesn’t make it great.

Mild nuttiness and a gentle toffee taste and sweetness open the palette. There’s a short, dry, almost salty-like bitterness at the tip of the swig, but it quickly recedes as a sweeter, caramel-like flavor takes over. It finishes clean, though there is a noticeable tangy taste on the backend. This bottle couldn’t be that old so I don’t know what accounts for it. Thankfully it’s easily overlooked, especially if you concentrate on the traditional core flavors which are at least satisfying.

Drinkability: This is what I would consider a true American session beer. At only 4.3% ABV it’s flavorful enough to drink over time without palate fatigue (or boredom), but light enough that it won’t overwhelm. The mouthfeel is medium, calm, and goes down smooth which makes it drinker-friendly and the mildness makes it ideal for less experienced drinkers.

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