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Twisted Manzanita Gillespie Brown Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Chocolate, Caramel and wheat malts give layered flavor and big mouthfeel. Substantial hopping cements this as an American Homebrewer’s Brown

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3686) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2015
From a 35.5 cl can. Deep, warm, autumny bronze brown colour with ochre edges, clear, bearing a thin, loose, pale yellowish beige head opening in instants and leaving only a very thin rim on the edge of the glass as well as a sparse, thin veil over the liquid’s surface. Aroma of a lot of toasted brown bread (quite sharply so, but nice), caramel cake, roasted pine nuts, dried figs, burnt wood, metallic hint of tinfoil, dry forest floor, dried orange peel, moist nutmeg, hints of brown rhum-like alcohol, very old dry cocoa powder. Clean, malty onset wild dried fruit notes, a hint of raisin, soft carbonation tingling finely on the top of the tongue, very supple, somewhat oily mouthfeel but thinner body than expected based on the ABV; very malty middle phase, very nutty and toasted with a sweet caramelly underside, getting the company of dry citrus peel- and slightly quinine-like, deep, drying hop bitterness, earthy and peppery, as well as noticeable, rhum-like alcohol, leaving an unmistakable warmth in the back of the throat, but it is the toasted brown bread flavour which lasts long after swallowing, quite agreeably so. Apart from the lack of head, things start off fine here, pleasant aroma for maltheads and pleasant onset, but then increasingly revealing itself as lacking a bit in malt body, which probably helps to explain why the alcohol is a bit more obvious than it could have been. Advertized as a brown ale but in that respect clearly too strong and - even for an American brown ale - a bit too hoppy, so I’ll go with the American strong ale characterization here (even though this term does not say a lot either, of course). Pleasant enough to motivate me to find out more about this brewery’s range.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beersiveknown (4409) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 1, 2015
can at home from ales by mail
sweet nutty, fruity, hazy brown with beige lacing, quite boozy and warming, fruity esters, strong for the sake of it and a bit of a struggle tbh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (908) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2015
Creamy texture and big warming alcohol. Really nutty taste and aroma, especially with chestnuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
R4N5H (463) - SINGAPORE - SEP 6, 2015
35.5cl can on 04-Sep-2015, poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Clear dark brown with a thin beige coloured head which dissipated quickly. Medium body and soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, cocoa and pine. Flavour of dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, treacle and spices. The ABV is pretty well hidden. A nice bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (688) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2015
Aroma: pineapple, malt and spiritous App: dark brown, clear with a tan small head Flavour: some carbon, vanilla, hop and spiritous Palate: long hop and burnt toffee finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1539) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2015
Divino Cellars bottle(17-Aug-2015)Spirit raisin date choc aroma.Black,low head&suds lace.Raisin plum roast choc flavour. Spirit raisin herbal finish&tangy roast choc aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (1141) - Dover, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured clear, dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is mostly nuts, caramel, some grass and some alcohol. Nice enjoyable beer; easy to drink for a brew with such a high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2015
Can camping in France. Dark brown pour, thin beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, a hint of smoke, slightly spicy, some licorice and some roasted malts. Flavor is quite sweet, slightly spicy, creamy and with a smooth texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1075) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2015
Sweet and chocolate notes predominant over a very well hidden high ABV with little alcohol burn. Very nice brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (12343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2015
Klare dunkel orange braune Farbe, fast kein Schaum. Geruch schokoladig, röstmalzig süß, Karamell. Geschmack nach Kaffee, bitter röstmalzig, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch.

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