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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5656) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2006
Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour with a light off white head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and some caramel. Flavor has a lot going on. Root beer hard candy, horehand candy, caramel, chocolate and licorice. Very full bodied and flavorful. Mouthfeel is thickish and clean, with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, excellent - probably the best from Shipyard yet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (5579) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle (35 cl), thanks gnoff. Clear mahogny, medium beige head. Roasted aromas with some butterscotch. Light to medium bodiedm medium carbonation. Dry, a bit salty and metallic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Pretty decent session ale. It pours a chestnut body with a creamy, light beige head. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, a somewhat caramel sweetness, cocoa, and a light nuttiness. The flavor echoes the nose, some herbal hop bitterness arriving in time for the finish. Not bad.

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2005
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Strong copper with splashes of ruby. Small manilla colored head. Nose is toffee, lightly roasted malts, light choco notes, and light earthy hops. Taste is hoppy and laden with roasty notes and caramel. Light chocolate, dried nuts, light woody notes and some vegetal notes. Body is medium but is very dry feeling. Minimal carbonation feel to it. At times, this borders on chalky. Finishes is hoppy with caramel, dried fruit-n-nuts mix, and light coffee. Decent brown.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (4968) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 14, 2006
This bottled brew marked best enjoyed before july of ’06 from a bottle shop poured a head of all foam finely sized light brown colored bubbles that was mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent typically carbonated red brown colored body. The aroma was sweet and caramel malt. The mouth feel was thin and weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong caramel note. The flavor contained notes of sweet caramel wheat and softly acidic.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Dark chestnut color with a big foamy light tan head. Applesauce and sweet licorice aromas. Really not much of a sniff. Mild roasted malt with a light sweet malted milk flavor Some dry roasted nut and a touch of dry floral hops as well. What a boring brew night. Linger is lightly acidic and with a dry toasty quality.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2009
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget, Nordstan. Nice apperance. A crystal clear, deep ruby-brown colored beer with a coarse, big-bubbled tan head on top. Aroma has a pleasant sweetness of buttery, caramellish malts and roasted nuts, with a whiff of red fruits and marzipan. Flavor does not quite live up to the aroma. A light to medium malt body with a light sweetness, and also some sourish tones. Notes of peppery and earthy hops. Body is a bit underweight. Oily mouthfeel. Short malty finish, on the drier side, with a faint bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4589) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
(Draught) On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Dissipated white head with a deep brown body. Nose is very roasty and somewhat peanut butter. Flavour is solid roast coffee, caramel with a thin, linguring toffee. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4432) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2006 edition, 12 oz bottle, purchased at City Market and disgorged into me gullet via a Flying Fish pint glass at cellar temperature. Near as I can tell this is the same thing as last year’s so I’m rating it here....dark, fairly clear chestnut brown, with smallish lasting creamy topping and a bit of lacing...sweetish, hazelnut-vanilla dominated malty nose with nary a trace of hoppy-herbal qualities but little diacetyl either (a plus from these guys)....the body offers a tiny bit of bite, but is mostly sweet, a touch fruity and nutty, and a bit grassy-dry especially towards the finish...there is a bit of roasty-charred wood character at the end that’s nice, but it isn’t really given much breathing space in the thin, watery body and rather artificial-seeming, heavy carbonation. Better than average from this brewer but not something I’m dying to try again.


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