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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 160   ABV: 5.35%
The Brown Ale is a traditional beer related to the first beers ever brewed commercially. Brewed with an interesting blend of malts, including pale two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Maris Otter malt, Caramel, Munich, and roasted Carafa malts, the Brown Ale shines with a deep mahogany luster. The malt flavor is complex and deep as well, with notes of biscuit, nut, and caramel. With moderate hop bitterness, a deep malt body, and a fruity ale fermentation character, the Samuel Adams Brown Ale satisfies the soul and doesn’t overwhelm the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wlajwl (5830) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2012 Relatively faint malts in the aroma and flavor. Passable but not as much flavor as could be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2011
I love me so e Sam Adams.... Nice Carmel aroma with dark head.. Good overall beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours is medium pale brown, not much off-whote head. Nose is earthy, some nut and malt. Taste is mostly of nut and malt, some slight hoppiness. Clean standard sam adams finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mad_Ferret (1006) - SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle. Golden medium brown colour. Smells of caramel, malts and something a bit unpleasant like soap or something. Taste is malty and fruity. But the whole experience fades out pretty thin in the middle and left is a beer the discription presents pretty well: "Samuel Adams Brown Ale satisfies the soul and doesn’t overwhelm the tongue." Yep.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Pours a medium pale brown, nose is nutty and weak, taste is mild sweetness, weak nutty flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Thanks to iNBe for the trade. A somewhat average brown ale, would not turn down but better examples out there. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillWyce (1009) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Pours chestnut-brown with a light tan head. Found the aroma yeasty with a nutty note. Medium palate. Flavor was nutty and malty-sweet. Note of hops in the finish. Like a lot of the offerings from this brewery, a solid beer but doesn’t stand out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2010
I thought I had reviewed the beer before, but I guess not. Well here it goes. Freshness date of before Jan. 2009. Poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Thin head that fades down quickly, leaving no lace. Color is more of a varnish brown, not to dark. Smell is of a toasted almonds and carmel. Taste is that same smoked/toasted almond flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good, after it settles, the taste of alcohol is definately present. Carbonation is alright. Brown ales are a favorite of mine and this one is a pretty good representation of one. I definately enjoyed it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-15-2008 00:42:01

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
A-transparent rusty brown body with perfect cream colored head and great retention. S- faint smells of nuts and malt. T- very light taste. Malt and nuts upfront with a hint of bitterness at the end. Faint nutty taste lingers. P- Medium weight body and medium carbonation. pretty smooth. O- This is pretty drinkable and easy to enjoy. Its not my favorite english brown but its pretty good and falls in with the style well. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-23-2007 18:04:56

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 If you know me you know I love brown ales and I’m also a big fan of the Samuel Adams line of beers. Therefore Sam Adams Brown Ale must be the best beer ever, right? I wouldn’t go that far, but it definitely is good and is probably one of the better American takes on this unique English style.


Brown ales have a tendency to pour very smoothly and the Sam Adams take on the style fell right in line. It has a brownish-red, cloudy complexion. I was surprised to see how much carbonation action was evident. Brown ales are traditionally lightly carbonated and eventually become totally tepid, yet this beer was quite lively throughout the life of the drink.

The beer formed an average-sized, tan, soapy head which never completely dissipated and left some lacing on the glass. It certainly smelled like a traditional English brown ale with a roasty, malty character, but the aroma was restrained.


I cannot stress this enough: the darker the beer, the warmer the temperature it should be drunk. A lot of Americans have a tendency to be turned off by dark beers because they mistakenly drink them too cold and miss out on the flavor. I noticed this was absolutely true of Sam Adams Brown Ale as I drank the first one cold but the second one significantly warmer (although it was still good even at the wrong temperature).

This is a tasty beer at the right temperature. It has a nutty, roasty, very malty palate that is quite sweet. Caramel seems to be a significant component to flavor with the slightest amount of toffee also noticeable. Brown ales are often so sweet they drink like soda, but Sam Adams isn’t quite that flavorful, it’s much more subdued.


I know a lot of people who are turned off by the Sam Adams line because their beers tend to be so full of flavor they’re actually difficult to drink for the non-connoisseur. In the case of Samuel Adams Brown Ale the everyday drinker has no reason to be intimidated because it is extremely smooth and goes down like water or juice.


Surprisingly, the alcohol content and amount of calories to this beer are not listed on the Samuel Adams website. However, I would take and educated guess and say that both are lower than you would think they would be (probably 5% ABV and 150 calories). This is not a heavy beer by any means and does not fill you up nor overwhelm you. It would be an ideal drink to accompany even the heaviest of meals.


I have a feeling a lot of American beer drinkers will be underwhelmed by this beer because they’ll mistakenly drink it too cold. If you just let it sit for about 10 or 15 minutes the improvement in taste will be significant. It’s not as flavorful as Newcastle, but for an American brown ale, it’ll do.

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