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This full-bodied, slightly sweet Brown Ale has enough chocolate malt and hop bitterness for balance, and also happens to be high in gravity at 6% ABV. Its an ale in honor of spontaneity and good times, and is named after the legendary Brass Ass Saloon of Santa Rosa that embodied those qualities as well as anyone ever did.

Murphy's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Pours a ruddy dark brown with a small, thin head with good retention. Aroma is light cream, bitter. Taste is immediate brown sugar sweetness, followed by mild hop bitterness and a bit of oxidation. Very faint nuttiness. Finish is metallic, bitter. Light mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
25-Dec-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Apr-09 for $3.49 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)
While the 12-oz bottle I sampled a few years ago was infected, this bottle is perfect. The beer pours an unattractive, muddy, light-brown body with a rocky, tan head that rises to about an inch in height. Showing average retention, the head settles to a wide ring and leaves a few large patches of lace on the glass. Enticing aromas of sweet cocoa, dark bread, nuts, and toffee are minimally impacted by a trace of grassy hoppiness in the background. Sweet cocoa dominates the flavor of this malt-centric brew, with caramel candy, milk chocolate, toffee, and nuts giving significant contributions as well. The mouthfeel of this medium-bodied beer is rich, velvety, and smooth, with soft, but ample carbonation. Not a lot of complexity here, and the rich maltiness isnít balanced by hops, but if a delicious, malty beer is in your sights, this one is pretty damn tasty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17593) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2010
Draft @ Taphouse Grill, Seattle, WA. Pours a brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2010
This is a dark brown ale. The aroma is malty with hints of vanilla. The flavor has a nice malt backbone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
On tap at The Taphouse, pours dark brown with an amber tinge. Aroma of nuts and caramel malt. Flavour of brown sugar, nuts, toasted malt and toffee. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2010
22 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with SuzyGreenberg- thanks again! Pours a mostly clear brown with a small tan head that doesnít stick around long. Aroma of nuts, wood, earthy hops, brown sugar, and roast. Flavor also has nuts, plenty of earthy hops, brown sugar, and lightly roasted malts, but also something tart, like apples. The tart quality made it interesting, and I canít decide if itís a positive or negative in this case. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. A better brown ale than the score indicates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Dark reddish amber pour with a good beige head. Smells like caramel and hop. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is roast caramel and maybe citrus or floral hop. Itís sweet but not too so. Comes across more of an amber than a brown. Itís pretty smooth and not at all harsh. Good drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
A: Poured with absolutely no head, and no lacing. Flat as piss on a plate, as my father would say. Body is dark brown and slightly hazy. S: Fairly-light aroma of roasted malt... not getting anything else here. Any less and it would smell like water. T: Taste is better with some mild roasted malt coming through, and a lightly bitter finish. After a few sips, it begins to dawn on me that itís finishing extremely dry. Average duration. M: Light bodied, slightly creamy, with soft carbonation. D: Sure, you can drink it. Itís fine, really. But itís not exciting, and there are a lot better browns out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown. Nose: chalky black patent, mild roast, medium char, some sort of rubbing alcohol note and finally some minor notes of toffee and coffee cake. Body: oily, syrupy, full up front, more fizzy/zesty/bright over the back. Coffee cake, semi-sweet toffee, mild roast. Heavy bitterness for the style or otherwise. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Dark sugary milk caramel aroma, dark brown. Very caramely, rich and sweet. Homemade caramel here. Yummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2009
clear brown with a small head. Aroma was slightly metallic sweet coppery vanilla and caramel malts. The taste is medium sweet caramel. Lightish palate.

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