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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Brewers Special is a robust brown ale full of malt character. The deep, bronze body awaits the discerning drinker below a substantial foamy, light tan head. As it’s name suggests, this is no ordinary Brown Ale. At 6.6% ABV this beer is a testament to the craft of the American Brewer. The noticeable strength is balanced by an impressive malt backbone from imported Maris Otter barley, the complex flavor profile comes from a combination of crystal, victory and roasted malts while the hopping rate for this ale (33 IBU’s) ensures that the malts don’t overpower but retain the upper hand while vying with the persistent alcohol to ensure a consistently pleasurable experience to the bottom of the glass. So beware, this Special Brown ale is deceptively easy drinking for its strength!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Really underwhelming. If you want something simple to complement your burger, it’s not bad at all. But really a boring beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Tap @ the brewery. Pours a mostly clear deep brown with a small off white head. Nose of faint hops, roasted malts and some nutty qualities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2010
Draft. A red-brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel as well as an odd brett like edge, and some citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet malty with a light acidic edge and notes of brettanomyces, lemon, and caramel as well as a bit of nuts, leading to a dry and lightly tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
On tap at SD Brewing Co. Brown/red in the glass. Copper dark. Strong mocha/eggshell head. Nose is sweet malt. Taste is big sweet and WAY too strong roasted malt bitterness. Nutty and blood. Too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Hazy mahogany with a medium to large beige and slightly creamy head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, nuts, chocolate and hops. Flavor came out slightly sweet with roasted malt, caramel, nuts, chocolate, hops and dark fruit. Finished fairly dry and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Draft. Rich brown beer with a cream colored head. Cocoa and light nutty aroma. Nutty malt flavor with some cocoa. Medium bodied. Nuttiness lingers with malt and a bit of cocoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Served on tap at the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2009. The appearance is clear nut brown. The flavors and aromas are roasted nuts and malts with a light little spice, and a touch of caramel. Solid brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
On tap. Pours dark brown with an orange hue and an off-white head. Lightly nutty nose. Medium body, hard roasted malts and nuts. Fairly bitter finish, some of it from the malts I believe. 080709

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31804) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
From tap at Pizza port San clemente. Pours dark andgolden brown with a small white head. Aroma is light butterish and caramel malty base. Sweet malty and light toffeish base. Caramelish sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Tasted at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Dark copper brown with no head. Roasty nutty aroma and taste with some bitterness to the finish.

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