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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A full-bodied, brown ale with a rich chocolate taste created from roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Topped with Czech Saaz hops to give it a spicy flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1528) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled: unk A: pours ruddy brown with reddish hues. Sheet of tan on top. Spot lace. S: Prunes, english toffee, orange peel, pumpkin. Interesting. T: Sweet with dried dark stone fruit, some bready sweet malts. Some herbal hops and some hints of sweet cocoa. M: Moderate body with hi carb and surprisingly dry finish. O: Good stuff. Pleasant surprise. Serving type: bottle 11-23-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1296) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 10/10/13.

Appearance: Pretty brown to mahogany hue. Dark but transparent. Pours to a large, khaki, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Familiar, pub-style brown ale aroma of dark malts and general sweetness. Nothing in particular stands out.

Taste: Is a strong brown ale the west coastís idea of a winter beer? I canít help but wonder that because thereís nothing especially wintry about Lost Coast Winterbraun. This is an essentially to-spec brown ale, but with a higher alcohol content. The palette is the epitome of pretty much every pub-style brown ale in that itís flavorful for sure, but not abundantly so. General malty sweetness of caramel and toffee with a touch of bittersweet chocolate and light hops impart mild bitterness. It also has that subtle tanginess some brown ales tend to have on the finish. I wonít hold it against the beer since itís not uncommon. And while the overall taste to this beer is pleasant, itís a bit disappointing itís not complex and doesnít have any memorable traits.

Drinkability: For an 8% ABV beer, Lost Coast Winterbraun sure doesnít seem like it. Usually, thatís a compliment, but in this case itís not because the beer doesnít seem to live up to its potential as far as taste goes. As far as drinkability, well thatís another story. The mouthfeel is calm, soft and smooth so itís very easy to drink. Thereís a subtle aftertaste of malty sweetness, but no alcohol warmth or weight. Easy to drink, but I donít thatís what they were going for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
from beerlicious iphone app: caramel and milk chocolate aroma. brown clear with frothy tan head . light sweetness to some sourness finish short duration medium creamy body lively carb and nice finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nealblind (966) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2013
clear slight red brown pour big head that lasts. woody leather nut aroma. chocolate and lactic acid dominate the flavor. a bit too acidic. avoids sweetness and traditional brown ale style too much and comes off as an astringent medicinally hopped alcohol-intense bomb. nice light carb though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
toml219 (285) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Serving type: bottle Appearance- Clear brown red with a very quick disappearing light tan head. Some very light lacing on the glass. Aroma- A good smell of hops mixed with a sweet and chocolate smell. T/P – Sweet taste with a roasted undertone Overall- A good winter beer. It is a bit heavy so not one to drink a lot of. It defiantly is a winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (934) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
On tap at Rogue Public House, SF. Dark red/brown shade with a nice creamy head plus lacing. Bready, malty, brown sugar aroma. Sweet caramel malty taste and a nice kiss of gingery wintery spice to cap it off. A nice surprise; much more delicious than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanfordBrewer (1392) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
mostly crystal and chocolate malt character, without any notable amber or brown malt. hops were balanced and restrained. decent but lacked depth or repeatability. nice mahogany color with medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1855) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
I love a brown ale and I have lost count of the amount of my brown ale ratings that start a combination of those first five words. This one seems ruby-amber in colour with a good collar of creamy white head. The aroma is foremost of dusty cocoa, then caramel, chocolate, prunes, dates and raisins. It really is a beautiful aroma. There is some spice there, but it is mellow rather than being handfuls of heat: garam masala, nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon. There is a good tingle of mouthfeel that lets you know its there before it softens and becomes sweet and chocolate biscuity. There arenít lashings of bitterness but this beer is nontheless satisfying. Itís a dessert treat rather than your standard sessionable brown ale but I love that this beer demonstrates the versatility of the style. Big like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (3173) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Iím more a fan of their regular, downtown, brown ale. This beer is more roasty with a sweeter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Mahogany and garnets with brown edges under a khaki head that fades into a collar. Swirls average.
Nose: Chocolate cookies and chocolate cake. Freshly baked pumpernickel bread in the back. Burnt molasses along the edges. Date cake. Generic brown spices.
Palate: Medium weight and mouthfeel. Just like the nose, chocolate cookies and chocolate cake abounds with a lightly dry finish. Date and fig cake Ė figs and dates in the middle, cake/cookie along the sides. Hint of plum skins. Moist chewy raisins in the middle. A bit more chocolate before that be all she wrote.
Final Thoughts: I expected less and got more and I expected more and got less. A solid brown ale but it didnít knock my socks off even though I felt like it should have, especially when one considers the overall popular opinion on this winter seasonal. Still, the Winterbraun is a good beer and Iíd happily drink of it again as should you.
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