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Free State John Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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.


TomDecapolis' rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2546) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Brown color with a red tint. Cream colored head that left foam on the sides of the glass. Chocolate malt aroma with sourish notes. Malty, lactic/sour notes, little or no hop character. Nice mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nsanders (734) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2015
Tap at Old Chicago, Olathe. Dark red brown with a thin off white head and moderate lacing. Big roasted malt aroma, cereal, mild coffee and a little nutty. Flavor is dryly sweet with a chalky aftertaste. Body is lighter with a fizzy feel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4261) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7536) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1235) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (6837) - .....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!

3.3
   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.

2.8
   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.

3.1
   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.


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