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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   ABV: -
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Slow-Fermented Brown Ale is a beautiful chestnut brown colored beer. It is fermented at an unusually cool temperature which slows down the fermentation. These conditions stress the yeast, resulting in a slow methodical fermentation in which the resultant flavors are clean, somewhat like a lager, with the added characteristic of a creamy smooth mouthfeel. This brown ale has a rich roast caramel flavor, with a subtle sweetness in the finish, delicately balanced with hop undertones.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamherbert (1499) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2016
The color is a cloudy red-brown: dirty honey. I really like the cloudiness. The aroma is brown sugar nuttiness. It is nutty and not saccharine, which is always a fear with this style. Pleasant, inviting scent...at first. The more you agitate, there is a phenol/plastic and cooked vegetable aroma that brings it down a point. The flavor is much more sugary, although retains that nutty balance. The plastic and broccoli is much less in the taste than in the nose. The nutty finish is rather exquisite. There is a dusty feel to it, which overrides the slickness. It’s a pretty decent, malt-forward brown ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3579) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a small head that disapated quickly. Nose is fairly malty and nutty. Fairly creamy with nuts, almonds and oak. OK brown flavor, but thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (370) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Interesting spin on brown ale. Pours dark copper with a lasting clingy half-finger of tan foam - looks great. Smell was the weakest point for me as it’s dominated by earthy, even slightly sour, notes among the slight malt and just-detectable nut. Flavor is better, with more malt coming out alongside the lager-ish-ness. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but understandable for low abv.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3722) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 16, 2016
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a semi-dark hazy burnt brown color with a slim less than a finger’s worth of off-white head that just glazed the top of the mug. Nice semi-thick to thin foamy lacing glossed along the sides of the glass. The smell starts off with some rich sweet nutty / somewhat walnut-like to toffee and caramel rich fragances. The taste replicates the smell mostly. Definitely has a dry nutty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Overall, as an English Brown ale, I really don’t see much wrong with this. I’d have again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
polo_marco (318) - milton, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Smells of roasted barley. Dark in color. Taste nutty and of roasted malts. Med body light carbonation. Worst beer from switchback should go back to the drawing board and come out with the work I know you guy can.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bomber from Winooski Beverage, 4/3/15. Clear brown, large creamy off-white head. Good retention. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, mild nuttiness. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, mild dried fruits. Thin bodied.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Mediocre at best, really offputting and unpleasant on the finish at worst. Was not impressed with this one, and there isn’t much nuttiness or other flavors to go along with what I expect here. No, it’s not awful. But I wouldn’t get it again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark copper pour with a big off white head. Barley, nuts, dried leaves, caramel, toffee. Medium body with a nice carbonation. Nutty slightly sweet finish. Nice

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (1679) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Red brown pour. Big tan head. Aroma lactic wheat, slight choco, honey. Tastes wheaty, choco, lactic. great dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (3098) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2014
From the 22 fl oz bottle stamped 14211. Nice brown color with good clarity for an unfiltered beer. The aroma is sweet, malted, and slightly nutty. The body is medium. The taste is pleasantly malty and sweet.


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