Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
This beer started as a Southern English Brown, and evolved from there. The nose almost comes across as caramel, but when you drink, you will find that it is not sweet. Dark, toasty, and lightly sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, and caramel, this beer is complex but very drinkable. A rustic but balanced beer without a strong hop presence, definitely made for the malt lovers of the old world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14282) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2016
Sampled @ GBBF Day 3. Quite hazy dark brown color, average sized off-white to beige head. Heavy coffee aroma up front. Taste malts, coffee, espresso, roast and roasted malts, malt and coffee bitter. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Aluminum can from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark brown liquid all the way to the rim of my pint glass with a minimal formation of film head which eventually fizzes out. Aroma is rich and robust with a deep base of toasted malts that bring out a ground roast coffee scent while still giving off the smell of a bag of assorted nuts.. That’s probably the best smelling simple brown ale I have ever come across in production bottle or can—seriously. The drink is amazingly well balanced holding a big malt bill that boasts of toffee and caramel but with a nice toasty touch on those malts while a flavor of nuts earns my attention considering this was supposed to be a regular old brown ale style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1787) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown-black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is or toasted malts, sweet malts, caramel, nuts, caramel, coco, and some light coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma but also has some light piney hops. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a slighty bitter, medium finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2770) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bold brown. Malty, chocolate, light roasted, dough. Full and chewy. Really nice brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Cask at the GBBF 2016. Deep brown with a frothy cream head. Aroma of fresh coffee. The taste is sweet coffee with some chocolate. Great coffee beer. Very easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
16oz can pours a rutty red mahogany with light tan head. The aroma offers up bold rich malt roastiness, some nuttiness and a bit of chocolaty earthiness around the edges. The taste is similar with rich malt roastiness rimmed with coffee and some nuttiness. It gets fairly dark roasty into the finish almost taking on a burnt malt note. Big bold flavor here. A robust brown ale maybe?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Nice dark brown pour from the can with a beige head. I get some sweet roasted nuts, nice rich coffee, roasted malt, dark toasted bread, and some milk chocolate in the nose. The flavor is coffee, roast, some nuts, and just enough bitterness to finish the beer nicely. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Sampled on tap at the Brewpub; July 2012
The beer arrives with a lasting, lightly brown tinged head that sits on top of a dark brown colored beer that has amber highlights to it. The aroma has a toasted, almost roasted maltiness to it that is quite dry, but also quite nutty in character. This has a wholesome brown, whole-grain character to it in the nose, as well as touches of pale-roasted coffee. A supporting fruit character (mostly like raisin) and light herbal hop aroma up front help to add some complexity to this brew.

There is lots of caramelized malt character in the flavor; it turns nutty after being sweet, there is a solid brown bread malt character, as well as a raisin like fruitiness. The fruit character is accentuated by the malt here, and this actually has a solid, supporting fruit character that works very well with the dominant malt character. This is nice and chewy, but is still oh-so quaffable. The nutty note in the finish leans towards roasted coffee like notes, and these even provide a touch of bitterness to this beer (that is likely also accentuated by the hop character). Speaking of which, there is also even a touch of herbal and currant like character here; though the latter is perhaps more from the malt.

This is more than a solid Brown Ale; I always have a soft spot for a well-made one, and this is certainly that. This has a great nutty balance to it, and I like that the crystal malt character is here, but it supports the other notes rather than makes this cloying. It is hard not to be in love with this beer; and it pairs awesomely with the spicy, Naughty Monkey Cheese Steak that I am currently eating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (509) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Sampler at the brewpub. Being a fan of browns, I was excited to see this on the list and the bartender said it was her favorite. Dark brown in color with a small light tan head. Nose was roasty, with a hint of chocolate. Sweet to the taste, medium bodied with a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
On tap at brewpub
Moving to the house beers I began my flight with a very nice brown ale. Once again it has a very West Coast feel to it that is missing from its European counterparts. That established it is a great session beer that would be easy to pair with almost anything.

Aroma / Appearance - The chestnut base is a bit murky and dim with a redwood edge. Vanilla head traps the dusty leather, wood shavings, malts, and gentle hop presence that hangs in the air.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel and malt balls stick to the tongue. Walnut and cedar transition to a robust finish. Nothing is so overpowering that it ever detracts from the basics of a sessionable beer that is meant to go with almost anything. If all Monkey Paw beers are this good San Diego really is lousy with world class breweries.

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