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Definitely one of the finer American Brown Ales. A deep copper colored, mild brown ale. SGB is accentuated by a slight nuttiness from its malt character. Designed to be a session beer it has a real smooth finish with a very subtle hop character.

Medal: Gold medal winner at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival – English Style Brown Ales.

Malt: 2 Row, Black, Victory, 30-37 Carastan, 70-80 Crystal, Chocolate

Hops: Columbus, Willamette


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Brown color with a medium head. This beer was good, actually one of my favorites now from Sweetwater. Nutty and slightly sweet; good dose of hops too; not so piney but more citrusy. Smooth and refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRavishingOne (45) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Brown-tinted, nut-spice having, smooth going down, and it helps me support local business. Seriously, it is a decent beer that goes down smooth and has a slight, almost pecanish, flavor... I'd drink it again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 Appearance is a lighter brown with a nice head. Flavor is a little on the sour side which I do not enjoy in brown ales. Somewhat malty and a little thin. Ive had better from Sweetwater but its acceptable.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2003
Draught, pint glass. Large creamy/frothy head is mostly lasting and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Body is a medium brown, but clear with no visible particles. Aroma is heavily malty (caramel, dark bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (sweat). Flavor starts mod. sweet / light bitter finishes mod. sweet / light bitter with mod. acidity. Very bothersome is the saltiness of the finish. Medium/full body is oily with little carbonation. Dry, average finish. My only big complaint is the salty finish/aftertaste

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
(on draught) nice medium brown color with almost no head, but quite carbonated. Faint malt aroma. Slightly sweet malt flavor, on the sweet side. Hints of spice and nuts. A bit thin.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2003
For awhile in my life, there was not a better brown ale on the market. I still love this beer, unfortunately I cannot get it where I am living now. Very smooth and hearty, deep rich and medium bodied.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lstorie3 (17) - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Medium copper/reddish color. lots of bubbles racing to the top. Modeate head. OK retention, nothing special. Vanilla creme color head. 1st pass, strong maltiness jumping out the glass to meet the nose. Slightly reminiscent of plums. 2nd pass, growing slightly sour and skunky. Losing ground here. 3rd pass, smells of vomitus. This is not at all pleasant. Mouthfeel, thin and highly carbonated. Not nearly as meaty as it looks or as I would have hoped for. Taste, lots of sweet malt, definite hints of honey but overall very laid back honey presence. Medium hop finish - perfect balance to the malt. Overall, very pretty beer with a very bad smell that detracts from the overall experience. Maybe I got a bad bottle but I don't think I would buy this again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Light copper brown color, mild nutty taste. Needs a little more to it, very mild and somewhat thin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is nutty, malty and sweet. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are slightly grapefruity. A nice sweet and mild brown ale. Smooth taste. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Starts off with moderate fizzyness and carbonation at the front. Settled to a medium thick sweet nutty malt with a dry finish.


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