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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A hearty brown ale that benefits from the silky mouthfeel provided by oatmeal, pairs great with Cigars.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4863) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. "SEPT2011" marked on the bottle label.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a moderate-sized, ecru-hued head. Scant lace on the descent.

Smell: Toasted, roasted malts with light notes hinting at semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with, perhaps, a perceived hint of cured brightleaf tobacco.

Taste: Toasty, heartily roasted maltiness with hints of dry chocolate and coffee. Modest amount of dark caramel sweetness. Slight oatmeal nuttiness. Very low fruitiness. Herbaceous, leafy, earthy hops with enough bitterness to keep things balanced. Finishes smooth, fairly dry with a final touch of roast and dehydrated leaves.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamyish mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice, competent, malty brown ale. Its no wonder they use it as the base for seemingly hundreds of varieties of alternations, tweaks, and add-ons.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maledictum (760) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - OCT 15, 2011
Thin head. Fairly rich nutty nose - wood, leaf, tobacco and light nuttiness. Toasty character. Quite dry. Mainly nutty with a dried leaf character. Fairly full body for the style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 bottle. brown with a very creamy beige head that looks almost like a nitro head. toasted malt nose that is quite hoppy. palate is medium, silky smooth and creamy. the flavor has a awesome mix of toasted marshmallow, nuts and burnt caramel. ends with a floral hop note, but doesnt get in the way of the toasty malt showcase. some of the best things about beer all in one. one spectacular brown ale. holy cow!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9674) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2011
Medium, dense cream to tan head over cola-coloured beer. Very sweet & liqueurish smelling, vinous, red grapes, raisins. Taste, however, yields tobacco, black chocolate, wood, felt, dust and chalk. Just retronasal, theres some (dark) fruit, the finish however being more bitter. In short, the taste stands perpendicular to the nose. Well carbonated, with a creamy, rich MF, and a slightly harsher finish. Feels unbelievably bodied for a 5.5% beer. Undoubtedly a very good beer - even if the name "brown ale" brings other characteristics to my mind. But I do have an issue with beers, where nose and taste are so unlike; deceiving, nearly.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
(Bottle) Pours dark reddish brown with a creamy nougat coloured head. The aroma is FANTASTIC complex nuttiness, fresh coconut, mild cocoa, milk chocolate, soft dark fruits, cookie dough, light caramel, wet earth, tobacco, vanilla, herbal/earthy/light grassy hops, light cheese, mild coffee powder and tiny perfume thats it. Fat, robust and round yet malty elegant. Maybe something limey that reminds me of Thai food. I absolutely adore the nose. The flavor is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a tiny acidic sting on the finish. Tones of nuts, mild roast, milk chocolate/soft cocoa powder, light fruity, vanilla, cookie dough and light yeast. Really good hop profile in the flavour as well, maybe just a touch more citrus notes if you compere it to the nose. The mouthfeel is surprisingly round (considering the %) soft, velvety yet clean. Near medium carbonation. Fancy and smooth malt and well-balanced hop on the finish. Near medium bodied. Thank you Cigar City!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6581) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear brown with small beige head. A bit plain roasted aromas with some cookeish notes. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Ive finally tried the base of some of CCBs greatest brews. Pours a nice bubbly brown body with a small creamy head. The aromas are overall mellow and nutty, with hints of hops and caramel. This brew is full of rich malts, lightly roasted notes and a solid hop balance. Finishes nutty and dry, overall fantastic and very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Dark brown w/ smallish tan head, good retention and decent lacing. Smells of toffee, chocolate and caramel - plenty of malts. Crisp carbonation w/ full body and smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Flavors are mellow, but complex, and mostly follow the aroma w/ a touch of smoke. Hops provide bitterness that helps bring out coffee and dark chocolate notes. A pecan nuttiness is in there too. Very good, drinkable brown.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2154) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
12oz bottle from Kyle.
Appearance : Deep amber small head.
Aroma : Overcooked caramel with brown sugars. Some light sour berries. Light cherries. Light barnyard.
Taste : Caramel and brown sugar. Carbonation is very fizzy, light sourness... infection ?!? Finish nice brown sugar with light hops, light sourness.
Overall : Hard to rate when youre not sure if theres an infection or not. I think theres one but its still rather good so. Nose is a bit muted by the fruity/sour notes. Interesting but I guess I need to re-rate with an uninfected bottle...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zgaier (1922) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours a nice dark color. Has a nutty and malty taste, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth and drinkable with a lot of flavor, this is definitely a great brown ale.


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