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Free State Chocolate Brown Ale

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Free State Chocolate Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 2.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
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This unique brew starts out much like our John Brown Ale. Lots of malt and gentle hopping make a brew balanced towards the subtle nuances of rich malt flavors. After this beer has matured into a very pleasant brown ale, we put it into conditioning tanks with ¾ of a pound of gourmet chocolate nibs per barrel, these are the roasted cocoa beans themselves. They provide the very essence of chocolate. The result is a subtle dark chocolate aroma and a mild chocolate flavor that complements the rich malt characters. In trials, we found that too much chocolate and the beer starts to taste like a tootsie roll but with a well balanced addition, the characters of fine dark chocolate blend beautifully with the roasted and caramel malts. This, of course makes this a bit more expensive to produce but we think it’s worth it.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patpras (8) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Rich, malty, sweet brown ale. No bitterness anywhere. Taste a lot like John Brown, but a bit fuller and richer. No disernable chocolate flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Blah. Why did they make this beer? Dull all the way through. Very little chocolate character. Think palate. Not really good.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Picked up a growler earlier today. I don’t think it’s been on tap terribly long since their site said this was coming in early February, thus the first rating. Pours a clear brown with a one finger beige head. The aroma is toasted grain--not to be confused with nuts or toasted malts--a little bit of dry dog food, and if I strain really hard I can pick up a slight hint of unsweetened cocoa. The flavors are exactly the same with the toasted grain being the strongest, and a hint of chocolate milk’s finish toward the end. Minimal bitterness noted. Light bodied with soft low carbonation. This beer is average at best--I can’t imagine them to keep this beer around without tweaking the recipe a good deal


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