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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ursus Americanas, or black bears, are prominent in western North Carolina. But Catawba’s rare Brown Bear also roams these mountains. Its smooth caramel and chocolate notes dominate your first taste, then a subtle dryness cleanses your palate just in time for another sip. This English inspired brown ale is dark and flavorful, yet not too robust or filling. Libate, don’t hibernate!

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2.7
oobawa (1416) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Chocolate-heavy brown, English and semisweet, but also light and watery, without much of a finish. Yeasty fade with the slightest of hoppy bitterness. Skippable.

2.8
Darwenus (1136) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours chocolate brown with a fair amount of light brown foam. The aroma is caramel and a little bit of spice and grassy hops. The flavor is caramel up front, and closes with a very mellow, slightly sweet malt. Not terrible, not life changing.

3.5
Travlr (24880) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Can sample at The Amazing Canival. Clear dark brown color. Aroma of light roast coffee and cocoa. Taste has caramel with edge of roasty cocoa. Tasty.

3.5
hman43 (1588) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2016
It pours a dark brown with a tan head. There are aromas of nuts and toffee. The flavors feature the combination of nuts, toffee, and a slight bit of roast. It is quite mild.

3.5
chinchill (5025) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2016
12 oz can of 5.2% ABV "Brown Ale". Canned near the end of April, 2016, if I am reading the coding (117-16) correctly. Clear but very dark reddish brown body with a small but decent head. Aroma: Dark and medium roasted grains; toffee; over-ripe dark fruits. Flavor: nicely balanced in terms of hops/malts; malt mix, and bitter/sweet. Overall: dark and excellent flavor for style.

3.5
tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2016
draft to 1/2 pint. poured a medium brown color with slight off white head. mild to medium malt base, slight roasted malts and some chocolate and toffee. the same holds true to the flavor. mild brown easily drinkable decent flavor of mild roasted malts and chocolate and toffee.

3.4
Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2015
Draft at the brewery during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clear amber-brown with a light, foamy white head. An OK beer overall. The character is defined by toasted brown bread, dirt, dry toffee and leafy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Pretty well balanced on the finish, with simple dry bread, mild leafy bitterness. Fine.

2.9
monk191 (1980) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Just an ok brown. Pours a clear deep black with a tan head. Smells of vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is a bit basic, not much too it, but of coffee and nuts. Had on tap at the brewery.

2.7
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Dark burnt wood brown pour with one finger of light tan head. Nose shows earthy malt and toasty grain with a lightly sweet quality. Feels like a soda. No body. Very light and thin with a grainy quality.

3.2
Msgriffi (48) - - SEP 17, 2015
Solid brown. Very dark in color. Almost roasted malt taking over, almost leading to bitter chocolate hints. Rich flavor but light body. Just a touch of carbonation. Bitter lingers from malt, not hops. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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