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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

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
I thought it wasn't so hot. * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Bottle: Copper colored with a thin nonlasting head. Has a pleasant sweet aroma of fruit. Flavor has taste of grape with thin malt. This is a nice beer but not what I call a brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2003
(bottle) Clear copper with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, butty, some caramel, light roasty and floral. Taste is sweet nutty, some caramel. Medium body. Pleasant, easily accessible beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head. Soft roasted and caramel aroma with some stale graininess. Body is lightly sweet and well balanced. Very easy drinking, but could be more to style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Bottled. Not a bad beer for a brown. Had a nice bitter bite to it.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2638) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2233) - 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.

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