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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31485) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29486) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - 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 14/20
anders37 (16932) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2013
Draft @ Beer Company, San Diego, CA. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2012
Tap. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich nuts, caramel, toasted malt, fruity notes and hops. Nice brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11263) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred covers the area! Pours dark ruddy copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, sort of like Horlick’s. Med body. The flavor makes me think of old timey chocolate flavored breakfast drink/food. It’s malty sweet, with chocolate, but there’s enough bitter to make it on the bitter side. Might be one of the best brown ales. Having said that, I ask why there should be brown ales? Likely to make us grateful for the imperial and sour ales. Having said that, this might be really cool if it was amped up to imperial status.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11089) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Old rating copied from BA. On tap at 5 Points. The pour is a slightly muddy brown color with a quickly vanishing tan head. The nose has a bit of olive to it along with a fair amount of nuttiness. Decent toasty and sweet toffee malt aromas, along with a touch of chocolate. The flavor is certainly quite nutty, including some nutshell kind of flavor in there that’s a bit off-putting. A bit bitter for the style and the sweet malts do not really come through that much.

   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a clear chestnut brown hued body with a lofty, creamy, off-white head that lasts and leaves good lace. Aromas are nutty, earthy, light chocolate, spicy hops, bready and biscuity. Flavors are of toffee, a touch of diacetyl, malty, chocolate, nutty, cereal, caramel with a medium to medium-light bitterness. Medium carbonation. Decently dry, medium to medium-light bodied.

   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.

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