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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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pilsnerrogge (2829) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2009
Pours dark reddish brown with a creamy head. Smooth and creamy aroma of toffee, chocolate and a little bit of liquorice. Quite thin mouthfeel. Metallic and grassy flavour with some notes of chocolate and toffee. Looks and smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2009
355 ml bottle from August 1, 2009 special release at Systembolaget
On August 3, 2009 - BB 10.06.30
Clear dark red color, tan head. Fudge, butterscotch, red berries, malty scent. Butterscotch, licorice, dark fruits, malty, dry taste. Chalky, dry, mineral aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, dry medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma: malty, sweet, toffee, caramel, a bit of diacetyl. Flavor: malty, sweet, caramel, toffee, diacetyl, butter, lightly roasted, some fruity yeastiness (banana?), light bitterness. Too sweet, buttery and not very fresh. Re-rated 091002.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10651) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle… O’sS&BS-I-T-YVBThrowdown… Dark, burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Cocoa really stands out in the aroma. Medium-bodied and slightly creamy with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is mildly nutty and leans on the bitter side of balance. The finish is crisp and moderately bitter. Kudos to whoever brought this beer to the Throwdown!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2009
12 oz bottle purchased at Shaw’s supermarket. $9.49 a six pack. Pours a clear brown color with a 1/2" beige head. Aroma is nuts, malt and caramel. Flavor is nuts with a sweet caramel/malty background. Just a little bit smoky. Just a hint of chocolate. Pretty good beer, glad they brought it back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (5474) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Well apparently this is not retired because I got a sixer of this at a pretty new liquor store pretty recently. Cloudy brown color with beige head. Aroma is really malty with dark fruit notes in it. Taste is pretty much what you would expect from the smell. Malty with caramel and subtle chocolate undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle pours a murky, dark brownish red color with a tan head. Musty, sweet caramel malt aroma. Dusty, earthy, smoky, flavors with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluffy (2395) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2009
this one i guess has been remade for 2009. pours dark brown with a ivory colored thick head. aroma is very nutty and and buttery. flavor is malty with heavily roasted coffee and dark caramel sugar sweetness. finish is clean with some bitter bite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
From bottle. Nice mahogany colour with a thin head. Smooth syrupy texture. Earthy with hints of oak aged barrels. Smooth and sweet and not really on the bitter side but still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2009
Found this today in NH - it has apparently been brought out of retirement for a limited time only. From a 12 oz bottle this poured reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma was definitely malty with lots of dark fruits/raisin and toffee. Taste was primarily raisin with same malty follow up as well as some caramel and toffe. Different than some of the other brown ales I have had recently - good brew. Not overly carbonated like some brown ales tend to be.

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