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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Sixpoint Brownstone is based upon one of my favorite and most popular homebrew recipes; an instant classic that Iíve been brewing since my college days. The most distinguishing characteristic of the Brownstone is its aroma of fresh-baked bread, which is accomplished by using generous portions of classic Belgian specialty malt. In addition, I use a very small portion of the same malt you would find in a stout, which lends a roasted quality in addition to the usual chocolate and nutty qualities you might find in a typical brown ale. Although brown ales typically emphasize malty sweetness, I find a balance must remain if the hop bitterness is diminished. As a result, I carefully blend ten different malt varieties and keep the Brownstone only mildly hopped. Instead of hop bitterness providing the balance, I achieve a balance among the flavors of malt: the deep caramel and malt flavors are balanced by notes of rich toffee, chocolate, a slight nuttiness and a roasted tang. It is a true session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2009
Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours dark brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light roasted nuts, and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt, crystal malt (iced tea) and light roasted malt. Definitely sweeter on the flavor side. An ok brown, definitely on the sweet side. 7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
[Draft @ Capones] Poured a lightly hazy brownish red color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, nuts, and toast. Taste of caramel malts, some vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, roast, and nuts, with a medium dry, finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
Draught at Caponeís: Aroma of malts and slight nuts. Poured brown in color with a mall, off-white head that lasted around the edges. Clear. Not sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malts, nuts, slight chocolate, and caramel. Medium body. Thin, oily texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet malt and nut finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
Draft at Caponeís. Pours deep brown with off-white head. Nose is nutty earthy malt, toffee, with flavors of predominantly earthy brown malt, soem nuts, and backup hops. Medium to light palate heft and not terribly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11596) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2009
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a medium brown color with an averaged sized off white. Lighter lacing left on the glass. Aromas of toasted nuttiness, earthy, roastiness, and lighter coffee. Tastes of toasted caramel, nuts, chocolate, and roasty. Decent for a brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
Mini growler from Half-Time. Pours a deep dark brown bordering on black with a medium sized dark beige head which falls off quickly leaving wisps of lace. Lots of toasted malt on the nose, with a touch of roast, and hints of vanilla and caramel. Medium bodied and creamy, light roasted bitterness. Finishes with a little more light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
On Draft at Rattle and Hum in NYC. Pours a brown body. Notes of caramel and toffee. Slightly roasty. Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On Draft at Rattle and Hum in NYC. Pours a brown body. Aroma and taste were decent. Not a huge fan of brown ales in general but this was okay..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2009
On tap somewhere or another. Pours brown with red highlights and a lasting tan foam head. Aroma of bruned butterscotch, breadcrust, yeast, sourdough, and rye. Toasted dark rye flavor, caramel, unsweet cocoa, light astringency. Finishes with a good toasted pecan flavor. Creamy body and light to medium body. Satisfying and drinkable, and definitely a brown ale that isnít half-assed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Sixpoint Brownstone Ale is dark brown with a small head. Hoppy, grass aroma - nothing too special in this department. Smoky licorice and caramel flavors greet the tongue. The Ale is bitter and quite hoppy. Thereís not much carbonation, but that could potentially due to the tap it came from. However, this made the beer pretty easy to consume given itís hop presence. The ending is very dry with hints of grass and dark chocolate.

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