Brewed by Wild Rose Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Calgary, Canada


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A dark ruby red-brown ale with a distinctive coffee-chocolate character. Don't let the dark color and robust flavor fool you--it's a medium bodied beer with a clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle, ingested in the company of CapFlu, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, Beerhugger, Radiomgb, and DumDum in Ottawa. Coffee, butter and some tropical nuts in the nose; I have more tolerance for diacetyl than some, and I found it reasonable. Foggy medium brown color. On the tongue, the initial hope for something decent fades as it becomes syrupy, oily, redolent of rancid nuts, sour and too-heavily carbonated at the finish. Not absolutely horrible, but our samples were too much so...drain pour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Coffee and diacetyl aroma is sweet and oily. Dark brown body with tan head that recedes to generous cover. Sour, roasty and citrusy lemon flavours. Thin. Bottle sampled with beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, muzzlehatch, radiomgb and Rastacouere. Thanks, Presario...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
(1 litre glass bottle) Poured a medium-sized, almond-coloured foamy head with a deep brown body. The nose definitely was of coffee-chocolate as per the description though I was not keen on the labelled-idea: "its the best brown in town... and we are so sure that if you try this ale and do not agree, we invite you to buy one of our other three beers." Wow... that is some guarantee!!! Well - I did not get DOWN WITH THE BROWN though I suspect that it may have spoiled since it was thin, watery and mildly soured.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1635) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Saved this bottle from my Calgary trip it was bottled the day I bought it at the brewery and was about 3 weeks old when I cracked it...still nice and fresh but I assume this beer does not last long on the shelf. Poured a clear, deep red-chestnut color with a nice toffee colored frothy cap that laced out quickly. Delicate aromas of grassy hops caramel, cocoa and spices....very nice! Starts with a big whack of bitter-sweet nutty malts some evidence of spicy tang then the finish is mellow and light with a buttery after taste. Das smachts gut! The best offering from this brewer and arguably Calgary’s best drinking micro ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
Reddish brown in colour with a mostly diminishing thick frothy tan coloured head. Nutty, butterscotch, and slightly sour and winy aroma. Initial hint of caramel flavour, astringent coffee bitterness, and slightly nutty. Similar to recent experiences with Garrison Brown, but a bit more watery and thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerCriticca (2) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2003 does not count
Chestnut brown with a small but sustainable creamy head, the brewery's best seller has a mediocre chocolate character with undertones of dough and a faint suggestion of flowery hops. Also far too undercarbonated and watery, this clumsy ale needs either more flavor intensity or some serious refinement.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
A nice drinking brown ale. To its credit it is missing the "sweetness," of most "Brown," beers; again this is what I like. the drinker is apt to have more than one pint rather than saying, " that was an intresting beer," and putting it aside. Roasted over tones are present, while the chocalate flavors vary with the maltsers. In my opinion the beer has had a disinct chocolate malt over tome as of late. A nice dinker and thank god it is not sweet! Cheers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 13, 2003
bad. smells promising. bad watery rendition of the style. unfortunately tastes terrible

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4112) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 8, 2003
An excellent example of the style with low carbonation, thin creamy head, bitter chocolate, sour nose; coffee like, bitter chocolate, mildy nutty malty taste with a nice slightly sour finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Chocolate color, darker than brown, with a tan head; roasty aroma with a hint of...lime? Likeable chocolatey flavor, balancing sweetness, wouldn't wanna drink this all night but it's a nice little beer, all most like a darker alt...in fact it reminds me a bit of Schell's Scmaltz's alt!

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