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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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This beer starts at a relatively low gravity, and thus finishes with a low alcohol content (about 4.8%). Make no mistake though, it is by no means a light beer. It is rich with roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of herbal hop flavors. It is made from a blend North American and British base malts with rolled oats, chocolate, brown and caramel malts. We finish it with a great big dose of earthy American hops (Sterling, Willamette, and Northern Brewer). 11.5°


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Poured into a NB globe. Aroma is dense cocoa, herbal hoppiness, caramel, and some residual burn sugars. Nice! Taste is initially black patent malt, followed by a ton of biscuit and caramel, and an herbal sweet hoppiness rounds out the flavors. Very well balanced flavor-wise. Nothing extremely out of proportion except maybe the roastiness and the sugar level. 4.7 for a mild is kind of a high ABV. Finishes herbal and bitter and with a bit of sweetness, and a touch of sourness. Yum!


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (19) - - SEP 15, 2014
Burnt orange, with good clarity and a feathery tan head. Good retention. Malty aroma: caramel, apples, wort/uncooked grain, hamster cage. Flavor is light, dry and nutty, with peanut skins, apple and wort. Light, watery body, clean finish. It is what it purports to be: a very mild brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viajero (30) - - AUG 14, 2014
Interesting little brew, coming in at 4.8%, but packing a nice punch of earthy hops. Similar to my experience with their IPA, this beer was almost too well-attenuated, creating a very dry finish that, combined with the earthy hops, made for a somewhat austere feel. The chocolate and other roasted malts provide a bit of balance, but their presence was too sparse. Overall, I really like the idea of a sessionable brown ale, sort of a hopped up version of an English mild. This one probably needs a bit of fine-tuning to get there, though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1237) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2014
One of the better brown ales I've had. Unusual in its hint of chocolate, which nonetheless is quite good. I wouldn't mind the flavor and ABV being notched up one or two pegs tho. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metallion66 (104) - - SEP 22, 2013
On draft at Boulders on Broadway. Dark brown/red pour. Very subdued aroma, but fantastic taste of biscuity malts. Pretty tasty low abv option. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours a brown/red color with off white head. Aromas of the wife’s fresh backed biscuits/bread with some roast and bitterness. Flavors of much of the same. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (729) - Vail, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Chestnut color with nice brown/mahogany edges. Decent aroma lightly biscuit and a bit of sweetness. Flavor lightly sweet up front with a breast finish. Really nice for tue style.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Some light roasty coffee in the aroma. This pretty much tastes like a nut brown to me with some hints of coffee, all things I’m not too fond of. A nice red-brown appearance. Drinkable but not my style.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap at Papago. Rating #7. Nice brown, light and roasty and very easy to drink, solid. (2776)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (948) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Draught pint. Brown-mahogany color, good lacing. I agree with the description for the most part, except I couldn’t taste much hops in it - it’s kind of like newcastle, but better. Pretty freaking good, quality session.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1578) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Brown pour, slightly off white head. Roasted malt and light caramel. Flavor is yeasty, roasty, little bit of chocolate. Nice and drinkable beer.


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