Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown/crimson. Small pale tan head. Sweet, grain, roasty malt nose. Faint smoke, caramel malts up front. Assertive medium body, finishing with earthen, dirty, robust european hops. Nicely done I must say. But nothing extraordinary.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The good beer store in New Hampshire (yes, unfortunately there is only one) had only one six pack of this, and two bottles were missing out of it. So, I happily took two bottles from another beer I hadn’t had before to make a full six pack. Nice smoky, roasted aroma over a deep dark brown/reddish color. Smoky flavor that has just the right mouthfeel and slight hoppy in the aftertaste. Pretty good stuff.
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As much as I am unimpressed with Shipyard’s Export, I am thouroughly impressed with this 2005 edition of Brewer’s choice. Nice nut brown ale from start to finish. Good nutty malt with a dry almost woody finish. Kudos.
jimhilt (2451) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light tan, two finger head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, clear red/brown color. Nose is a slight malt. Starts with an even mix of malts and hops, finishes with a burnt caramel flavor. Decent brown. $1.44 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is on draft at a few spots around Tampa, and soon to be in bottles.
I’m rather impressed with this one! I must admit that the Shipyard Brewer made a nice choice with this Special Brown. It’s a beer that beer geeks; resembling myself, will be happy to endorse. One of my associates called it “Long Fellow Light”… and it is… just a bit lighter and a tad less toasty and bold.
The body is as the style suggests, BROWN, but with edges of amber and a full khaki head. The aroma and flavor bring-forth big notes of toffee and caramel, there is a robust nutty character that is found from start to finish, and a woodsy, lightly spicy, tobacco like finish. I also find a sweeter hint of golden apples and plums. The mouth feel is far fuller than many of Shipyards offerings, but the beer is surprisingly not so heavy and filling. I find a nice maly complexity…. with a light yeastiness of toasted pumpernickel bread in the finish. I also find a sweeter hint of golden apples and plums. I know I’ll be drinking more of this in the near future…. A rather nice session beer!