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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Brown Ale
Squamish, Canada

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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A smooth, flavourful nut brown ale with hints of chocolate and licorice. Made with 100% barley, hops, water & yeast, it is named in recognition of the regionís strong railway history and Squamish BCís West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canadaís largest collection of heritage railway equipment
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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
Convenient 1L bottle with swing top to reseal. Dark copper with a nice head. Aroma is kind of a mixed soup affair with some chocolate and bread notes and other curiosities. Flavour is dark malt with burnt nuts, chocolate and a hint of dark sugars.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2009
pours a dark brown with a red tint, a large tan head, and good lacing. smell is of spice, brown sugar, a little roasted nuts, and malt. taste is of malt, spice, roasted nuts, and some maple syrup, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Top marks for the one-litre swing-top (or as the brewery calls it, a "pot stopper") bottle. Pouring a tan, foamy head (perhaps two fingers worth) and producing some acceptable lacing, the "brown" colour was a luxurious dark copper. Aroma was chiefly of malt; Iím unable to detect any secondary scents here. The taste was of malt with a suggestion of the chocolate, and indeed there was also some licorice in play here. I like licorice most times, but not in my beer. However, mouthfeel was smooth and the aftertaste did not, mercifully, feature much if any licorice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a tan head that laces and retaind nicely. Aroma is very roasty. Chocolate, coffee, nuts, and a hint of boiled vegetable (seems to be their yeast). Tastes very roasty as well. There is chocolate, coffee, spice, malt and a bitter nutty finish. Mouth feel is decent. I like this, it is very sesionable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a lovely dark brown, much darker than I was expecting, with a light tan head and excellent lacing. Nose is big, roasty, and coffeeish. Big roasted barley, nutty, and brewed coffee follow through on the palate. A bit simple, and really more a porter than a brown ale, this is good, but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2009
1 liter pop top bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with ruddy highlights. The head was tan with an orange tint. Pleasant aroma of nuts, fig, and brown sugar. There was also a whiff of roasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with some delicate roastiness. I tasted brown sugar, nuts and a hint of toffee with a subdued coffee note. Good brown.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009. Appearance: Rich, transparent mahogany colour with beige three finger head when poured into tall tankard, rapidly receding to a ring and a thin film of head that lasts for the whole glass. Heavy lace. Aroma: Nuts, hint of dark fruits, roasty malts. Taste: Lots of flavour in here. Nuts, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, liquorice, very subtle dark fruits. It seems like every time you take a mouthful of this beer, there is something else you notice each time. Soft, smooth malty finish. You canít get a better nut brown ale than this. Iíve tasted nuttier, more coffeeish, or more chocolatey; but this beer from Howe Sound has a ton of complexity. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, easy to drink, slightly silky. Drinkability: Goes down very easily, itís difficult to savour this because it just begs to be drunk. And at 5% abv, itís very much a drink you can session. There is nothing wrong with this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Chestnut aroma, dry malt, clear copper. Little creamy, some almond, very clean.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
swingtop 1 litre bottle. darkish brown with slight amberness. decent head earthy malt aroma with sufficient hopping for the style. quite creamy. A solid brown ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
triquito (6) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008 does not count
Swingtop 1 L. bottle bought from B.C. liquor store. Reddish brown with a moderate head that fades fairly quickly. Caramel and nut aromas with hints of roasted malts, although not overdone. This beer has a moderate body with low carbonation. Chocolate and roast aftertaste. A good and well-balanced beer.


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