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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   ABV: -
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (336) - 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 itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3352) - 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 fingerís 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 donít see much wrong with this. Iíd have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
polo_marco (198) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, 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.

   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 isnít much nuttiness or other flavors to go along with what I expect here. No, itís not awful. But I wouldnít get it again.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (1560) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2873) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Concealer (1094) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a frothy tan head. Smells of grain, malt, and an earthy nutty quality. Flavor is sweet malt/caramel into some bitter hops. Light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (5666) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Dark ruby color with brown hues. Thin lasting head. Nose is caramel and lots of nuts. Hazelnuts, earthy walnut, Roasted nuts. Honestly the flavor is toffee and more nuts. Good nut flavor. Creamy texture with a nice smoothness that slides down your throat. Overall if you like nuts, you will love this brown ale, tasty! Really good for the style.

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