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Brown Ale at its best. Brewed with two-row, crystal, Gambrinus honey, and chocolate malt, and hopped with Cascade to balance towards the sweeter side. Enjoy it with your meal. Brown ales originated in England and were the staple ale of 17th century English taverns. They were usually brewed on site, or by a local widow or housewife. The Tavern model as community social, political, economic and judicial center of activity was repeated in colonial America, a tradition AleWerks supports.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Bottle. Rerate in horizontal with the Inaugural Tavern Ale. Dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet malty and nutty aroma. Sweet malt flavor, some nuttyness and a touch of chocolate. Original Rating: 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 On Tap at Capital Ale House. Clear dark amber body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet caramel and dry malt aroma. Dry caramel and grainy malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Poured a dark and muddy brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of burnt and toasted malts, chocolate, and nutty. Tastes of chocolate, roast, nuts, and light caramel. Body tad on the thin side. As far as brown ales go, this one was drinkable but didn’t stand out. The tastes were a tad on the thin side as was the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Poured a dark brown, almost black. Medium, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, and some caramel. Aroma was much of the same, but with a hop presence. Dry finish. Some breadiness in the flavor as well. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Nose is toasty malts, caramel, nuts and sourdough. Taste is toasted malt, choco notes, dusty cocoa, nuts, and caramel. Body is creamy and smooth with a light-medium overall feel and dense carbonation. Finishes with more chocolate, soft cocoa, caramel, toasted malts and nuts. Not extremely different from the Inaugural version, from what I recall, but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a foamy brown head. Lite chocolate malty aroma. Taste of coffee and dark chocolate and bitter after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Definitely the little brother of the inaugural brown. Medium to dark brown, decent head. Light chocolate aroma. Flavor was chocolate, faint coffee, and some undefined fruitiness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehinge (267) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Dark brown poor with an amber head. A little lacing. Chocolate aroma. Tastes more like a porter than an ale. Makes me wonder is this a brewer like Yard’s, doing the colonial brew poorly. It was okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Bottle from the brewery. Pours dark reddish brown with no head to speak of. Aroma of caramel and hair salon (I guess thats the hops?) Taste is a little metallic, but does have nice notes of honey and chocolate. Not a bad everyday beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3046) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Draft in a shaker. Very deep brown color with a small off white head. Leaves behind decent lacing. Sweet malt on the nose along with some nuttiness. Medium to low carbonation. Malt flavor is forward with notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with a nicely with hops. A very clean mouthfeel and overall a good brown ale. I would like to see a little more malt in it, but it is a decent session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown with a large head. Smells of sweet malts. Brown ale flavor, with a sweet tinge and an extreme bitter finish. This is pretty tasty... wasn’t sure how I felt about this at first, but I like it.

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