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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (6247) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2006
Aroma is smooth nutty maltness. The pour is a nice dark brown with a beige head that stay around for a while. Tast is very smooth with roasted malt with a pleasant nutty flavor. Light bitter hop finish with full maltiness. Later in the some of the roasted qualities have a bit of a coffee flavor. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Several minor notes balance well and sound off together. Slightly acidic sourness from yeast and lemon complements carmel sweetness. Walnut and tobacco add spice. A bit of pear goes with roasty malts and dry hops. As good as any brown nut ale I’ve had. I didn’t think this was muddled complexity but I saw lots of differing opinion and rankings in the reviews, enough to wonder if they have suffered some sub par batches or tinkered with the recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2009
cask @ redlight redlight (i think its come out of retirement!) Nice chocolatey aroma caramelized sugars with spicy notes. Pours a cloudy amber brown with a very thick off white head. Very smooth brown ale. Good chocolatey and caramelly malt flavors shinning through with a crisp and spicy hop bite, with a smooth caramelly sweet finish. Pretty solid brown ale one of my favorites from Shipyard glad they brought it back!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluffy (2361) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
This one is on draft at a few spots around Tampa, and soon to be in bottles.

Rating #690
I’m rather impressed with this one! I must admit that the Shipyard Brewer made a nice choice with this Special Brown. It’s a beer that beer geeks; resembling myself, will be happy to endorse. One of my associates called it “Long Fellow Light”… and it is… just a bit lighter and a tad less toasty and bold.
The body is as the style suggests, BROWN, but with edges of amber and a full khaki head. The aroma and flavor bring-forth big notes of toffee and caramel, there is a robust nutty character that is found from start to finish, and a woodsy, lightly spicy, tobacco like finish. I also find a sweeter hint of golden apples and plums. The mouth feel is far fuller than many of Shipyards offerings, but the beer is surprisingly not so heavy and filling. I find a nice maly complexity…. with a light yeastiness of toasted pumpernickel bread in the finish. I also find a sweeter hint of golden apples and plums. I know I’ll be drinking more of this in the near future…. A rather nice session beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2006
’06 edition from 12 oz. bottle. Brown body with tan slowly disipating, somewhat thick head. Smells sweet, like many other brown ales, but not overly so. Tastes like a porter to me, strong coffee or chocolate flavor balanced with other malts. Definitely one of the best (if not THE best) Shipyard beer I’ve had, (other) winter seasonals included... Probably something I’d get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7335) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Brown ale with a toasty grainy flavor coupled with a unique smokey nutty flavor characteristic of dark roasted folger’s coffee. Like folger’s it has the essential elements without anything over the top. The mouthfeel is smooth and it adds drinkability to this brew. The nice thing about this beer is how they blend a lot of ingredients together to create a balanced beer that must be pretty good on tap. This is the best Shipyard beer I’ve had besides their Old Thumper interpretation. This seems like a very under-rated beer IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle from their Captain’s Collection. Poured a dark brown with a tan head. A light sweet smell of barley and chocolate. This brown ale has bite. Very nice.

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