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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (1144) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Average brown ale. The aroma was barely present with a slight tone of malt. Nice full brown color with a foamy head. Average carbonation with the weight being a little light. Malt presence with a hint of sweetness but very subtle. There was a hops bitterness on the finish. I like the malts to have a more roasted tone, which this did not have. Nothing exciting here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1139) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pint can. Pours a rich, dark stained-wood brown with a thicker beige head that settles slowly leaving some hanging lace. Interesting complex nose involving plenty of dark malt tones including nuttiness, cocoa, some dark fruit, some roast and light peat smoke along with spicy hop undertones and doughy bread. Pretty sweet with a fair balancing bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy, softer, slick, with a lingering toasty bitter finish. A nice, nuanced brown.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
12oz can, brown pour, tan foam, aroma of caramel, bread, roasty. Taste was a little disappointing. It felt watered down and thin. Hints of caramel, chocolate, and slight roasted flavors. Not bad, just prefer a litter thicker brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4390) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2013
Clean spice aroma. Very nice pour, foaming liquidy thing. Big 3 inch head in my glass. From a 16 oz can. Quite strong fer a brown ale, and it could have more manners. Does have some of that stout thing going on. Yes, a little medicinal and alky like fer sure, sometimes cloying. Finish is difficult. Not impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (3897) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 12, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer Market. Pours brown to red slightly hazy with a beige medium head, aroma of caramel, dark bread with some sweetness, flavor is slightly bitter with caramel, dark bread and pine, nice sweetness, medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 3/22/13. 16 oz can into a pint glass. A: Pours an attractive chestnut brown color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade that isnít particularly creamy-looking. The lacing, however, is fantastic. S: On the first inhale, it seems like itís overly hoppy...but the hop profile seems to fade a touch as it warms up. This allows the notes of brown sugar, molasses, cola, and nuts to appear next to the citrusy/grapefruit hops. Iím actually intrigued - this smells like it will work! T: And actually, it kind of does. Dry nuttiness opens the flavor profile up, before finishing with a combination of citrusy hops and sweet, vaguely chocolaty malts. Good cohesion between the hop/malt interplay helps make it surprisingly pleasant, but there is a lack of depth here. M: A bit thin, and not particularly creamy. The feel is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter, though, and it drinks easily. O: Very solid - one of the better Sixpoint offerings Iíve had. Hopped-up dark beers tend to be hit or miss, and Iíd reckon this is an almost unqualified hit (and needless to say, it works FAR better than Diesel did). I say almost because it does lack a couple things, such as complexity, but Iíd have no trouble revisiting this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EthanFixell (5) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2013 does not count
Solid for the style. One of my go to sixpoint options, certainly one of their most popular offerings. Nutty and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3735) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a very thick and foamy light tan head. The growler I got foamed like a mad dog, so be careful! Strong aroma has malty, woody and fruity tones plus a hint of caramel. Flavor has malty and caramel notes with earthy, nutty and toffee hints for backup singers. Texture lacks fizz, though has OK body, leaves an earthy and hoppy finish. If not great, still worth a snort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10447) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Can. Pours clear tawny with a medium, creamy and frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cracker and toast malt, apple and pear fruity esters, earthy and woody hops. Flavor is well balanced hops, hop bitterness, and malt with light fermentation esters and a dry finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Tasty brown ale style beer. Poured into pint glass from tall-boy can. Has a bitter sweetness that tastes of resin, brown sugar, malts, and yeast. Pours a clear brown, with lively carbonation and a sticky head that has decent retention. Solid, as Iíve come to expect form Sixpoint.

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