Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a semi-ruddy burnt orange close to brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace.
The aroma had good roastiness about it. Some nuts, sturdy malt base of caramel and toffee. Some light milk chocolate. Ended with some earthy hops.
The flavor leaned slightly to the sweet side and then developed some earthy spice as it warmed. Light bitter. Nice aftertaste with the earthinesss, roast and spice. Finish was the same.
The feel was roughly medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. Good ABV.
Overall, nicely done brown ale that I’d have again and am glad these guys distro to me. DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2017
Not bad, but draft run of the mill brown ale. More hoppy and nutty notes as it warmed. ben4321 (6514) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Sampled at the brewery, 7/3/15.
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Chestnut brown color with a tan head and lace. Malty aroma. Some bread and toast. Light pale malts. Clean and easy drinking.
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin white head. Soft nutty malt on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet malt with a bit of caramel. Malty and toasty into the finish, soft sweet caramel before a gentle balancing bitterness. Simple and clean, easy drinking. BrewBoxer (2636) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Draft at the browns brewpub in a sampler flight in Troy. Deep black brown color. Has a mAlty nutty flavor. Decent
merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
The beer pours decently with a nice brownish/reddish hue to it, an average somewhat off white head and minimal lacing on the glass. The beer smells decent with a nice blend of chocolate and caramel malts together somewhat sweetly. The beer tastes decently with mild sweet chocolate taste up front that gives away to a mild sweet caramel taste on the back end. The mouthfeel is decent as the beer is well carbonated, medium bodied, and leaves you mildly dry and sweet. Overall, not a bad brown ale but seems more like a marzen than a brown ale.
mike67 (1198) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours brown with long lived off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of nutty, caramel malt, dark fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Nutty, caramel malt, smoke, dark fruit and hint of hops combine on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Interesting session brew. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 29, 2012
On draught at the brewery. Arrived a very dark brown with a thin-moderate tan head that lasted through the first two sips and left light lace. Pleasant aroma od crystal malt and mild nuts. The flavor is similar with perhaps the nuts a bit more prevalent. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. No problems. ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Brown ale is often the style of beer that gets people into craft beer because it’s sweet (but not cloying) and very smooth. And that’s a perfect description of Brown’s Brown Ale.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2012
I poured a 22oz bomber into an official Brown’s tumbler glass.
Appearance: Dark, but clear mahogany color with little carbonation visible. Forms an average-sized, beige, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves trace lacing on the glass.
Smell: Stronger nose than the average brown ale. Very prominent sweet aroma of honey roasted peanuts with hints of toffee and smoke.
Taste: Brown ales, when brewed properly, can have some of the most subtle and delectable palates in all of beer. I’ve had Brown’s Brown Ale on cask, draught, and bottle and the cask version is definitely the best presentation. As soon as it hits the tongue there’s an immediate sensation of sweetness. It’s mild, but strong enough to wake up your mouth. A tasty combination of syrup-like flavors of caramel and toffee, combined with a smoky finish. There’s mild bitterness through the middle, but it’s washed away by the ending - which has more of a nutty/earthy taste than at the beginning.
In a funny way, it’s similar to a cola made with real sugar, as there is no drying or sticky sensation in the aftertaste. The draught version is a little too fizzy and tends to act as a self-cleansing palate, where as the bottle and ESPECIALLY the cask presentations are calmer to allow the sweetness to linger. Not that this is an absolute mind-blower, but definitely a beer to enjoy for its subtlety.
Drinkability: If there’s anything brown ales are known for, it’s their drinkability. While not exactly thirst-quenching, they definitely are friendly on the palate and the system. Brown’s Brown Ale is a little thicker and softer than most, but goes down very smoothly and easily. I paired this with pulled pork at the brewpub and it was a delicious combination. At only 5% ABV you can definitely drink several of these on end without worrying about it going to your head (or your waistline).
Great chestnut brown pour with minimal head. Lots of malt, some toffee and nut in the background. Finished with caramel and some light fruit alongside the malt and toffee. Drinkable, respectable, but otherwise a fairly boring brown.