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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 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 (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 (11913) - 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 (7133) - 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.

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