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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
The appearance was a bit too light for brown ale. It was mostly amber to light brown with a smallish head. There was also something a little off putting about the smell, but I can’t put my finger on it. The taste was thankfully much better than the smell. Malty, nutty and roasty with a hint of sourness. If the body was more substantial, I’d rank it even higher. I am tasting it side by side with Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. The Samuel Smith’s beer is definitely much better. I drank another the next day at a different temperature by warming it under tap water. At near room temperature, the unpleasant notes in the smell disppeared and it became a much better session beer. Still not the best brown ale, but much more passable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with minimal head. Has flavor of caramel, roasted malts, and nuts. Not much flavor or complexity in this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjgdawg (13) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Great dark brown color, inviting color with a small head. Tastes of carmel, nuts, and a hint of malts and hops. More complex than I expected from my initial aroma test. Aftertaste is kind of malty and sweet. Good beer, great brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Not bad, not bad, Brown ale perfection is a difficult target and maybe someone will make it, it in the meantime this brew will do

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1088) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Attractive dark brown color... minimal head. Nutty aroma... light hop undertones. Taste is of caramel, lightly roasted malts, more nuttiness, touch of honey. Nice finish... subdued hops, crisp, slightly bitter. Overall, I really liked this... kinda like a kicked up newcastle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Pours an enticing clear copper shade, with a thin head and good lacing. Very sweet, delicious aroma. At first taste, the ale is quite sweet, with a good malty flavor and hardly any hint of bitterness. It was quite flavorful for the first few swallows, but the flavor seemed to diminish significantly as the glass emptied. Very good overall, and an excellent change of pace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2004
12oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color. Head is thin and fades quickly. Aroma is malty with some sweet overtones. Slight nutty flavor. Like other Sweetwater brews it has a sweet flavor to it as well. Not much like other browns that I have had. Not too bad but not one I will drink regularly. It will pinch hit in the lineup on occasion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Pours a beautiful red-tinged mahogany clear enough to read through. Minimal head fades quickly. Roasty, toasted pinenut aroma, also crusty bread, subtle cocoa bean (not chocolate), a touch of fruity sweetness. Flavor is mild yet succulent, sweetish, toasty, suggestions of tropical fruit or berry, ending on a citrus note. Barely bitter. Clean finish with a weak coffee aftertaste and a not unpleasant suggestion of brine or seaweed. Unexpectedly filling for being light on the palate. More in the UK than than American style, a definite session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern-I thought this to be a very nice beer somewhat sweet with some nice fruity tones but not overly done. Not what I would expect from a Brown Ale but maybe that was the point.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SirTom (89) - 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.

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