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Shipyard Brewer’s Choice Special Ale Brown Ale (05-06, 09-13)



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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Brewer’s Choice Brown Ale is a full-bodied, dark brown ale made with 5 different malts and 3 varieties of hops. Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley and Wheat malts combine to give this beer a nice smoky taste up front and a smooth, full body, finishing with a crisp hop bite at the back. Hops used in this limited edition brew are English Challenger, Styrian Goldings, and East Kent Goldings at the finish. Available February -­ March. 5.4% alcohol by volume

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a clear, rich mahogany-hued body with a tall, proud, though deflating light beige head. Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley, toasted bread, a little chocolate and caramel hiding a naughty pat of butter, and cherry nut squares from the fair amount of fruit esters. Taste: A nice showing of dark bready barley, sweet chocolate, lightly roasted nuts, and crunchy dark caramel. Medium sweetness. Slight dark cherry fruitiness going on, though moreso as it warms. The coffee-ish roasty accent reassures itself as the herbal, earthy English hops perk up with a modest amount of overall bitterness. Mild diacetyl. Slight trace of smokiness. Predominately a dry maltiness on the finish with a final kick of ripe fruit. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Notably smooth mouthfeel that rolls across the tongue in a lush manner. Overall: Enjoyed this one. BBA does a very good job at just being a simple brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 29, 2011
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Dark but clear brown with a thick tan head. Slightly nutty and malty aroma with some caramel and toffee hints. Flavor is a bit mild but nice tasting. Smooth and sweet caramel malts with a nutty and slightly dry finish. A bit watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TATE (404) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle, best before 8/11.. Aroma is faintly of molassas. Appearance is ruby with a thin off white head. This is one of my favorites. Taste has nutty and coffee with a faint hop finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (7912) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2010
(Bottle) Reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, toasty nose with notes of dark bread, chocolate, burnt sugar, dried fruit and hints of coffee. Malty, toasty taste with dark rye bread, chocolate, brown sugar, some coffee, caramel and a spicy finish with a hint of bitter almonds. Medium body, with a slight sweetness. Slightly harsh and not really in perfect balance. Still tasty and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Amber colour with a be3ige head. Aroma is malt, caramel. Flavour is caramel, hop, roasted, malt. Medium to full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16518) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle. It’s a clear, chestnut-colored beer topped by a small, off-white head. Cute. Malty nose with dried fruits, hints of chocolate, and a pleasant roasted scent. It’s malty and bready in the mouth, full-bodied and roasted with a hint of chocolate. Appropriate bitterness in the end. An easy drinkable beer, medicore in a way, but tasteful enough to be worth a revisit. 100326

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12935) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
A reddish brown ale with a thick brown head. A nice sweet Nutella malt aroma, milk chocolate, vanilla, nut spread. In mouth, a nutty malt with some light vanilla notes, not bad, but a bit thin. On tap at Dunedin House of Beer, May 23 2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (1568) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours a dark brown with aromas of roasted nuts and baked malt. Taste of pure goodness. A smooth brown ale that was very enjoyable to drink. Its only drawback is a miniscule bitterness in the aftertaste, but overall a good brown ale. I would drink it again and again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Tap @ small bar. Pours deep brown and mostly clear, small off white ring. A good amount of hops in the nose as well as tons of roasted malts and nuts. A pretty damn good brown.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (839) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2010
Solid like a rock, this brown is straight forward malt in your face. The taste actually reminds me of the numerous brewery tours I have enjoyed in Portland. Shipyard is classic Maine beer at its best, stellar, moderate taste and to the point. this brown is a fine example. Roasted undertones of caramel and sugarbrush give way to a fine combination of the smoky aftertaste of a light chocolate. Goes down very smooth yet lacks the bite a superb brown would have.

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