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Vintage Butternut Road Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This is our American Brown ale, crafted with a careful blend of roasted caramel and biscuit malts and featuring Willamette hops from the Pacific Northwest. Hops are added at three stages during the brew, and again as a post fermentation "dry hop," but their somewhat floral, earthy character is essentially a sideshow to the upfront malt experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2015
On tap at brewpub
Unlike the road that this beer is named after it contains lots of highs with very few lows. If only climbing Butternut Road was this enjoyable I would have had much more fun on my many trips through the back roads of Dane County. Should this be on draft order at least a sampler.

Aroma / Appearance - A rich velvet core absorbs the light and reflects back only a small percentage. Smooth beige head adds great contrast as it smothers the chocolate, almonds, and dry malts. The polished feel of an upper tier British brown ale gives this the spirit of its European cousins.

Flavor / Palate - Bitter chocolate and peanuts refresh an eager palate. The nutty feel carries to a malty finish that begins to dip much like the middle sections of Butternut Road. Even so this beer offers more up than down with a worthy experience for anyone looking for a beer that is more than just liquid hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Dense foam on a dark amber/chestnut body. Woody aroma and hints of a double IPA--an interesting combination of styles, getting the most out of the brown ale. (on tap, The Old Fashioned, Madison, WI)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Sample at the brewpub. Clear brownish-amber color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily, Partial rings of lacing. Roast malt, caramel and hops in the nose. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, herbal hops and caramel. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3oz on tap at the brewpub. Mostly clear red orange color. Thin off-white kind of khaki head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Good chocolate, nutty malt flavors. Kind of earthy. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet. Pretty solid american brown ale. Good tropical fruity hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, drank side-by-side with a black currant version - Pours murky brown with a thin tan head. Nose is nice toasted dark bread malt, rich and with minimal hopping. Taste is nice bready toast, with a light milky note and a touch of herbal hopping. Straightforward and tasty...I like this stuff, and forget how good a well-done brown ale can be. Totally different than the black currant version, which turns this into a fruit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is nutty with toffee, toasted malt and mild off-flavors. Taste is malty and metallic with toffee, light chocolate and a peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
On tap at vintage, pours a clear dark brown/red with nice head, aroma has a nice malt backbone with touches of hazelnut and chocolate, flavor has great chocolate notes mixed well with malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Pours a nice clear ruby brown with a whispy white head. Slight roasty nutty aroma, which the flavor has with citrusy hops. Medium body, and the bitterness lingers. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5541) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2010
On draught at the Vintage Brewing Company brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin during their Grand Opening on May 2, 2010. Pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of light chocolate malt, roasted nuts, a hint of floral hops and a touch of oats. Taste is medium bodied, flavors mostly of toasted dark bread malt, a hint of chocolate and floral hops. Finish is semi-dry with a toasted dark malt with bread crust that quickly disappears. The dry hop adds some nice sharp bitterness in the finish that made this one stand out.

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