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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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2069) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
650 ml bottle from Sprouts market. Pours a chestnut brown color with a small beige head that slowly recedes to a film. The aroma is mild with roasted grains and brown sugar. The flavor features more roasted grains, earthy hops, rock candy, bitter walnuts and filberts. The palate is silky smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long, dry and lightly bitter-sweet. Overall: This was quite a pleasant surprise, very nice brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10692) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13796) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (265) - Poway, California, USA - APR 30, 2014
Caramel aroma. Reddish brown with a white head. Tasty sweet brown beer with a caramel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2014
On tap at the Barrel Republic. A: Nice deep amber-brown with a decent head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma: Nutty dark bread with hints of caramel and malts. Flavor: slightly sweet; moderately rich malty base with some complexity. Feel: Medium body; good carbonation level. O: A tasty and very easy drinking brown.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6715) - 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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