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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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This is a true brown, not only because if its color but because of its stringent adherence to the style guidelines; a real beer connoisseurs dream. The hop flavor and aroma is adequately full and assists the roasted malt flavors that are perceived on the palate. There is limited fruitiness and the body is appropriate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
unclemike (2280) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Appearance: dark brown color, red around the sides, small, dark head. Aroma: very cola-ish, up here in the nose, bits of nuts, and cocoa, but so high in carbonation that it’s spoiled a bit. Mouthfeel, again, too carbonated, some bitterness, medium-bodied, with a middle arrival of fruit (cherries, grapes). Not much to my taste. Better than weaker-bodied brown

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (521) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Deep red brown with a thick foamy, khaki colored head. Caramel, roasted malts and cream aromas. Flavor is well balamced with a light sweetness. Medium to heavy body with a thin syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (892) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Sample at Ale Jail. Fairly light brown ale. Drinkable but not super interesting. Malt bill is light, hops border on non existent but nothing bad going on here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3701) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2012
I don’t know why they trumpet that they brew this completely to the style/by the book. Try a little something more interesting. Because I was most disappointed in this of the three signature beers that I tried. Most importantly, there was so little substance here--no flavor came through, and it was even more a shrinking violet up against some food. It needs to be given some backbone, or just drop it and head to a porter/stout recipe. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11105) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
The pour is brown in color with a khaki head. Starts off with sweet toffee and toasted malt, a light nuttiness as well. There’s a mild roasted malt aroma and a hint of metal. Sweet caramel and toffee are the primary flavors of the beer, but there’s a bit of nuttiness, roast, and chocolate. Light metallic notes on the palate as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1947) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Pour is dark brown with a medium tan head. aroma is nutty, roasted matl, some woody hop. Nice typical brown ale. Body is a little light Flavour is dark roast malt, light chocolate. Just enough bitterness All round decent brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Has a really light hop and roast scent. Taste is really smooth and has a nice blend of coffee and chocolate, decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Sampled from 12-oz bottle supplied by distributor. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored ale with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malts, a hint of chocolate, slight roasted nuts and plenty of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, smooth, with some mild bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet, plenty of roasted dark malts, a short lived mild bitterness followed by some roasted nut aftertaste. The official released version is definitely better than the early sampled version during the Minnesota Winterfest earlier in the year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6626) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Brown/amber pour with a white head. Caramel malt and nut. Overall a bit bland/mild. Just okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (6294) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Pour on tap at Winterfest 2012, slightly hazy brown with slight off white head, aroma brought some mineral, hints of nuts and biscuit, touch of caramel, but not much else going on in this. Taste was very similarly watery, with a hint of caramel and nutty notes, maybe a touch of grass in there but very clean, sweet finish.

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