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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 Ė English Style Brown Ales.

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

Hops: Columbus, Willamette

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Hotel Bar, NW Atlanta. A bit hoppy, yes, which makes it a cut above. Suffered when warm, got reeal sweet adjuncty and fell apart like some of the midwestern browns of mid quality. Still, I liked it because it wasnít overly nutty or anything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Almost better in the bottle. I loved the color and finish of the beer - relatively hoppy like most of the Sweetwater line. It went fast when we were eating our pizza and wings. Iíll have to get some more soon. After trying it again, I realize that I forgot to mention how wonderful the malt flavor was - almost like a candied caramel apple. A great beer and one with enough character but not too much bitter that Iíd reccomend it to non-afficianados.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2002
Deep clear copper in color, the head is minimal, light biege, the lace is adequate. Nose is malt and lightly sweet, untones of caramel also noticed. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish is quite acidic, slightly dry, a light hop presence, drinkable. Ranks #855 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5369) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Rerate Atlanta, Ga. - Macís Beer and Wines - 12 oz bottle. Excellent chocolate and nutty flavors. Some toffee in the finish. One of the few beers I have raised my rating on a re-rate. Original 3.3 Thin pour, but strong amber color makes up for it. Slight nutty flavor with a hint of caramel. No bad aftertaste - leaves a sweet taste in your mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Nice brew! A colleague suggested it to me. Great guy! Good taste, nutty & something else. Nice with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Nice caramel, slightly nutty aroma. Nice nutty flavor and a good example of a light brown ale. Definitely a lot better than when I first tried it about a year ago, when it was first coming out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 <P>Rerate 11/9/05: Iím not sure why I was so harsh on this beer the first time around. Itís not pale for a brown by any meaning. Itís a deep ruby brown with good clarity and a small head. The aroma is malty/nutty and thereís a bit of hops lurking in there. The flavor is fairly malty, but it has a decidedly hoppy bitterness in the back that lingers after the malt. Methinks the recipe has been tweaked a bit.</P> <P>7/13/02: Malty with some caramelly aspects. Too light in color and too thin in flavor an palate to be a good brown. After drinking Rogue Nutbrown and Boyne River Brown, this canít get much over average for a brown.</P>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Aroma is tannic, caramel, syrupy and mildly hoppy. Medium tea/amber color, lousy label, thin grainy head. Flavor is nutty, grassy with mild chery fruit. Reminiscent of New Castle. Very clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2003 Good example of brown ale. I enjoyed a pint of this on draft. Nice amber color but little to no head retention. The taste improved as the beer warmed.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Quite light... which meant I had to concentrate on the flavor profile. These ílight-tastingí beers really give me a workout! Overall, I thought it was alright. Seemed well-balanced, with a subtle richness to it. Very easy to swallow; a good session beer. No major qualms to complain about; but no features to rave about either.

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