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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben1843 (6) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 (12 oz. bottle available @ Maggie’s Attic, Mount Dora FL)--Although this beer does have a lingering aftertaste, everything else is very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 2005 version. This is a beautiful beer. A little dark in color, lots of flavors. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (744) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Had this at my friends wedding...yeah he is that cool. Also had it at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. I occasionaly like a beer that goes slightly against the grain and this was a nicely kicked up brown that still retained all the classic brown elements. Robust and nutty are cliches when talking about browns, but hey that is what it is. The only thing that was kinda off putting was that it seemed a little over carbonated for a brown.

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bkochuna (5) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 5, 2006 does not count
good balance of malts and hops, aroma is predominately yeasty, great dark amber color, but for the beer tastes just a hair too much of alcohol for something that’s only 5.4% and this detracts somewhat, but for the most part very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Dark brown color with a tan head. Malt aroma with notes of sour yeast and hops in the background. Flavor of roasted and sweet malts, with some pepper and hops.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Pours a Dark normal Brown color, with a nice creamy beige head that left lacing the whole time. Very different tasting brown ale, I can’t really put a name on everything I was tasting but it tasted nutty and with a big toffee kick, along with chocolate and slight coffee and roasted malts, damn good beer and will get more. Wasn’t sure why the 2006 bottle was the exact same thing as the 2005 only with 2006 on it, but bottled in Jan’ 06.

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