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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Clear, light brown color, big, very active head that fizzles down instantly. Aroma, big, fat, buttery, nuttiness, large sweetness, butterscotch aplenty. Explosive flavor, bright and far-flying, super-sweet, dark fruits, and all that noted in the nose. Light to medium bodied, a bit too thin for me. Big, bristling carbonation, very lively brew, this one. Not the kind of thing I’d turn to too often, but not bad, not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Very light filtered brown color with virtually zero head. Nice roasted malt aroma and a light caramel and sweet, nutty taste. Sour bitterness. The mouth is a bit lively.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gachupines (1091) - USA - AUG 10, 2004
Light brown appearance with a fairly thin head. Taste is somewhat sweet, but not too much complexity at all. Not too bad, but a little thin for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 27, 2004
On tap at Hartsfield airport. You can call this a brown, but for my money it is a Vienna-style Marzen. Reddish brown in color, clear. Strong chocolate flavor, medium body, tan head. A very good ale, but might be just on the too sweet side.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Nice dark copper color with a barely noticible malty aroma. The flavor was malty brownness with a fizzy mouthfeel with more malty brownness lingering in the aftertaste. Nothing really special at all. Have no idea why it won medals at the GABF. maybe it was in the Most Boring category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours a white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. Light carbonation. Clear copper color, smooth, good mix of hops and malts. Not a heavy beer, could be a good summer drink. Gold medal winner at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival for English style brown. No ABV in sight.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Amber brown body and beige head. Fruity, tangy malt quality. Sort of has an apple cinnamon thing going on. Touch of hops in the finish which is otherwise fruity/malty. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2004
pours out brown in color with a non existant head. tastes refreshing, without much hint of alcohol. this is better cold than warm. this would be a better beer for a summer day, not really what i associate brown ales to be like. this is no hazelnut brown, but its not bad. imo more of an amber than a brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
Poured a very nice copper brown with a thin white head. Excellent aroma, though a little hard to classify. Extremely agreable flavor, a little nut tone, a lot of malty, roasted matly tones. Goes down excellently, a great beer to just sit back and enjoy, not so over powering in flavor that all you can think about is the beer, but also perfectly flavorful for just a nice relaxing brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rajendra82 (982) - 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.

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