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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a medium brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and light roast. Tastes of caramel and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MikeKeller (933) - Kemi, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget. Very dark brown beer with a small white head. Chocolatety malty aroma. Sweetish malty taste with a tad of smoke, light hoppyness. Not very complex and the taste fades away quickly. Quite light palate for the ABV, soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (3054) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2010
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2010 issue. Expiration date - Sept. 2010. It pours a handsome looking ruby-brown tone with an off-white head that dissolves very quickly and limited lacing. The aroma has all the characteristics of a good brown ale with butterscotch, caramel malts, and a wisp of hops at the tail end. The mouthfeel is rather thin and unenticing. The taste is a decent enough mixture of sweetness and bitterness with a little dash of hops in the background. Nothing extraordinary but not bad in the final analysis.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Cask at redlight redlight. pours a bright translucent brown. pungent wet dog odors in the nose. hint of malt behind that. The flavor improves a little. mostly i taste bananas. sweet maltiness gives way to a slightly hoppy bitter finish. ok at best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with white head. Dark bread and syrup. Roasted caramel. Full body. The sweet malty after taste stays for a while. Good brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Courtesy of a trade with The Wheelman, this 12 oz bottle poured clear amber with a light tan head and good lacing rings. Te nose is roasted caramel malts, nuts, and floral and grassy hops. The body is full and the mouthfeel smooth. The flavor is malty and nuttiness adds to taste. Finish is rich and lingering. Good brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (6143) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2010
Flaska 10 grader, 2009-09-03, Göteborg UTS: Pepsi cola med julmust skum D: Newcastle brown ale + kaffe S: Som en Newcastle men lite torrare och med någon oidentifierbar metallisk bismak. Faktiskt helt OK men orginalet (tänkte då på NBA) rules. Brukar bli besviken på Shipyard men faktiskt inte denna gång. ES: Sötsyrlig mjuk dimma

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 29, 2009
From mcox90 via trade. Poured a fairly dark brown color with a short, off-white head, aggressive carbonation and only a bit of lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and light citrus. Not much in terms of roasted or chocolate malts. The flavor was again sweet malts and light citrus hops. A bit of vanilla and maybe some thin chocolate but not much. Thin mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering Tasting, TSODRBSG09.
Clear medium brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090822]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of wheat, some earth, some pepper. Tastes earthy and chocolatey with some roasty hints on the finish.

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