Free State John Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   ABV: -
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A very mild, pleasant brown ale with a definite emphasis on the malt rather than the hops. Made from a choice selection of malts, this is a bit sweeter than the Ad Astra, but not quite so sweet as a bock beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tybee199 (13) - USA - NOV 8, 2001
A good beer, though certainly not my favorite Free State brew. Rich and malty with a nice hint of hops, though a little thin and not much aroma. Iím not a brown ale fan in general, so Iím biased, but most of Free Stateís house brews top this one. Of course, a so-so Free State beer beats most othersí best efforts. Funny that this is the beer they hype with t-shirts, etc. How íbout a Copperhead shirt?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4591) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a large foamy light tan head. Aroma of caramel, peanuts, milk chocolate and molasses. Flavor of caramel malt, almonds, light brown sugar, some spicy hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3916) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Comes dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. Kind of sweet, but easy to drink. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Draft in a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a dark, amber-tinted brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted and caramel malts, brown sugar-tosted nuts, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor hits pretty much all the same notes, getting sweeter as it warms. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, sweet mouthfeel. Good brown ale, and of course they had to name it John Brown Ale- love that part.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1133) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a very malty aroma. Taste is slightly bland with not much going on flavor wise. Itís ok. Itís sessionable but nothing in this beer stands out to me. Not bad but I probably wouldnít buy it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (6455) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2011
On draft @ the Brewpub .. . Pours a deep brown, low head, light but sticky lacing .. . very light roast, light molasses, shaved bark, and brown sauce .. . Duffman canít breathe! OH NO!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Deep copper brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet molasses and malt aroma. Molasses and nutty taste with a malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
dark brown, small tan head, somewhat lacy. nose of sweet malt, chocolate. flavor is chocolate and caramel. i donít detect any hop bitterness. medium bodied, sweet finish. a touch too chocolatey for me. sampled from a growler provided by flossmoor station head brewer bryan shimkos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
Thanks to Bryan Shimkos of Flossmoor Station for the sample. It poured a darkish brown with ruby highlights and was capped by a light tan head. The aroma was dark malt with molasses, fairly light. The flavor added some caramel and a dash of earthy bitterness, but all seemed a bit thin. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2010
Shared via growler from Mr. Bryan Shimkos. Thanks! Pours a nice ruby brown, darín bright red edges, a small light brown head laces lightly. Aromas are a light sweetness, brown malts and caramel, a faint vanilla and syrup, a touch of brown sugar, small though. Initial is lighter bodied, a decent bitterness that gets a bit chalky, brown malts and a touch of syrup, vanilla, caramel malts, light earthy bitterness. A bit minimal, a more easy drinker, a bit thin for itís namesake. Finish lightly bitter, mellow sweetness. A bit simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Sampled via growler during Darkness Day 2009 in Brooklyn Center, MN. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of roasted dark malt, a hint of chocolate, roasted nuts and toffee. Taste is medium bodied, with some flavors of roasted dark malt, light floral hops, and a hint of toffee. Finish is semi-dry with a quick disappearing roasted malt aftertaste. Pretty solid brown ale overall with a dry finish is the best to describe this.

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