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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2000
Caramel and malt nose, fair hop crispness, nutty and nice. A very good brown ale, good with most food.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Clear orange/brown color with a creamy off-white head. Faint hops and malt aroma. Crisp, slightly hoppy flavor with toasted nut and brown sugar. Fairly dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
On tap, at the brewpub. Dark brown, small tan head. Smells like toast! Toasted nutty brown aroma - nice. Really nice nutty brown taste. Lingering sweetness. A little watery, but otherwise solid - an excellent brown ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1062) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
~Pours a clear brownish amber color with small head. ~Strong scent of caramel malts, alcohol and some roasted malt (coffee like). ~Roasted malt flavor, some toffee and slight citrus. ~Medium smooth feel. Roasted malt finish. ~Very nice brown ale! gets better as it warms up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
On tap at the brewery: Deep golden orange color with a very light tan head. The aroma was full of coffee, nuts, and chocolate. The flavor was extremely nutty with a huge coffee grounds character in the aftertaste. Crisp and slightly thick feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 10, 2009
I had this on draft at the Thirsty Bear brewpub. Roasty flavor and nose, finishes nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
Dark brown with tint of red. Small rocky head. Aroma is nuts, roasty, malt, chocolate. Flavor is nutty, bitter, chocolate. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Tap. Reddish brown, strong roasted coffee aroma. Something like a little brother of their stout. Dark malty notes throughout., some chocolate. Mild effervescence, some soda flavor in there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Dark maroon, amber color. Rich caramel coffee smell. Heavily on the side of coffee flavored, with a touch of bitterness, but easy to drink and somewhat thin. This is a decent brown ale, but not my favorite. Worth a shot.

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.


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