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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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The brown and caramel malts give this classic British style brown ale a lovely mouth feel and a fragrant, toasty malt aroma.

NOTE: They sometimes serve "Grizzly Red" in place of "Brown Bear" and use the same labeled spot on the sampler tray. Check if you are unsure.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Poured from tap at brewpub brown with medium-sized light tan head. Aroma is roasted grain and chocolate. Flavor is roasted grain, cocoa powder, light toast, some nuttiness and a nice smooth light bitterness. Palate is light malt with a smooth grainy bitterness, seems more like a porter than a brown ale. Overall, this beer was my favorite of the night beside the barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear orange-brown color with a light khaki head. Some lace was left behind on the glass. Distinct chocolate and nut aromas ala Nutella. The flavor was similar, but there was also a bit of roasty malt. Light bodied and slightly sweet. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Draft. Dark copper beer with a light tan head. Light toasty, cocoa, rich malt aroma. Caramel, grainy flavor with low hop backing. Medium bodied. Lingering caramel and grass.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Sampled at the brew house. Flavor was pretty good with some solid malts. Color was nice and mouthfeel was smooth. Definitely worth a try.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GJF (1268) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2008
Pours a nice ruby color with white head. Malt flavor up front, but not much depth. Thin finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3357) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Deep amber, almost maroon color. Dry dusted malt aroma with some dusty malt flavor as well that is rounded well enough to render this a solid brown ale offering.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pint at the Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, 19th Feb 2008. Ruby brown in colour with a simple aroma of caramel malt. Solid palate, tastes like a fruity, malty brown ale. OK I guess, but served too cold in my (British) opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2008
From June 2007 tasting notes, sampled at Thirsty Bear. Dark clear bronze with a quickly fading head. Pleasant sweet caramel toastiness and a hint of roast. Nice toffee, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of coffee. There’s a slight touch of maple syrup in there too. Thin and watery with soft carbonation. Needs a little tweaking.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Sampler at the brewpub, and am I glad it was only a sampler. Mahogany coloured with a wispy head. Grainy, nutty aroma. Flavour of bland brown toast. Not good.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Deep garnet. Generally wan aroma: rye bread, grape nuts and walnuts. Overall a distinctly unpleasant character of moldy sandwich bread. Dry blonde malt body somewhat clumsily overlaid with a rather brutish chocolatey roast aspect. Dry, fairly bitter finish.


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