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Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown

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Formerly brewed at Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Brown Ale
Winnipeg, Canada

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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This beer has been brewed especially for my wife, Nicole. Just like her, itís a little sweet, and a little bitter. Brewed in the American Brown tradition, this hoppy ale is nut brown in colour (just liker her hair and eyes). The addition of two different British crystal malts give the beer a sweet, fruity flavor while the Belgian Biscuit and Chocolate malts lend a deep nutty character (draw your own conclusions) to finish. Iíve used UK Goldings and Yakima Valley Cascade hops to add a flowery citrus finish to the beer. Try it with a ploughmanís lunch of Rye bread, Asiago cheese, and deli pickles. Serve at 8 degrees celcius in a nonic pint glass. Unfiltered and unpasturized.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(22oz. bottle) Pours a chestnut brown body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Flavor of cocoa, toasted grain, and nuts. Easy drinker.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Pours a clear light brown with a good 2-finger head with passable retention and a nutty, hoppy aroma. Not bad! Tastes surprisingly balanced for a brown, especially one with "sweet" in the title - nutty and chocolaty, but with enough hops to balance things nicely. Moderately creamy body and good carb, dangerously sessionable!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a deep brown color ale with an average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel and toffee malt is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some caramel and toffee malt notes with a medium dry hoppy finish. Full body with some good carbonation. Very well done over all but was hoping ( and would have like) a hoppier finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2008
A - roasted nutty aroma. A - full brown colour F - Sweet and bitterl flavor. P - Smooth. O - sweet and nutty, very New Castle esque.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Clear and mahongany tinted, under a perfectly rusted and rocky cream toned head of foam. Nice. Aroma: lovely stuff, an enticing mix of nuts, soft cocoa, light spice...big malt, plenty of caramel, and light hops. Mmmm. Lets taste íer! Lively carbonation, malty sweetness, then dry...some bright fruity flavors, some cherry speaking up, very tasty...full flavored, roasty-toasty...feeling like the character of a dubbel, here, and no wonder...British crystal malt, plus Belgian Biscuit and Chocolate...very good. Golding and Cascade hops, fairly small in the flavor, but they sparkle in the finish. Sweet, yes, and just a little bitter. Mmmm. I like it, and it reminds me of my beloved Bender. Beautiful stuff, here. Iím sure, just like Nikki.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 660ml bottle.
Pours a dark brown with a frothy off-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing Smells of sweet caramel with citrusy, floral hops, and a hint of coffee. Feels light on the tongue but smooth and satisfying. Flavours start with malty, dark chocolate coffee that transitions smoothly into floral, citrusy note. Aftertaste is similar to the start with a nutty chocolate biscuit flavour. I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (409) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
On tap in my basement. yahoo. Been looking forward to the second go round of this tasty seasonal. Pours out a deep chestnut, with frothy off white head. Nose- nutty, and some mocha. Taste- very nutty and biscuity with a woody finish. Some hops come out and play giving a cirtrus flavour. Seems slightly less hoppy than last years, but could be just me. Very rich in flavour, but still light bodies and highly drinkable. Excellent brown ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2007
A dark clear brown ale with a thick lacing light moka head. A light chocolate and coffee aroma, malty, caramelly and light black olives. In mouth, a good dry powedery chocolate and chocolate bitterness. Medium bodied. Trade with Piscator34. Tasted summer 2007.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
Dark brown - rather cola like - in colour, slightly murky, thin beige coloured head, some lacing. The aroma is lightly roasty, moderate sweetness, light chocolate, some bready malts, nutty, very light citrus hops. The flavour is of sweet caramel malts, citrus hops, lightly toasty, chocolate, a bit chalky, bread. Dry mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes fairly light, mildly hoppy. The hops that I got in this surprised me, other then that its your basic brown ale but a well crafted one for sure.

660ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>piscator34, thanks Kris.
Opened on March 23, 2007.
No best before date.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
Grapefruit, lemon, orange citrus hops blend well with caramel and chocolatey malts in the nose. Very clear but almost opaque brown body with ruby highlights is topped by a lasting cover of bubbly tan head that leaves some patchwork lacing. Chocolate and caramel malts are sweet up front. Plenty of fruity esters and citrus, earthy hops. Biscuity and nutty flavours emerge along with some dark malt bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (MLCC, Nov-06).


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