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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Lightly-smoked Oatmeal Brown Ale.

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3.7
Lubiere (14352) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2017
A reddish brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, nice caramel malt with loads of chocolate malt, grassy hops, light treacle, pleasant and nutty. In mouth, a nice caramel malt with loads of roasted malt, chocolate notes, light coffee, nice and smooth. On tap at brewery.

3.9
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - DEC 14, 2016
Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Sly rings of lace stick to the glass nicely and leave some trickles here and there. The aroma blends nicely some roasty coffee bean, subtle sweet chocolate, some caramel malts, toast, and nuts. All comes together quite well. The flavor yields to the roastiness first but ends up allowing some milk chocolate, caramel sweetness, toast and nuts all roll into one in this category, the more it warms, the more it seems to come together. Rich sweet nutty to coffee aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Low carbonation feels good and a captivating smoothness rolling over my tongue with a touch of stickiness, not cloying. Overall, a very nice brown ale that leans towards the English side of the wheelhouse. I would definitely have again.

3.4
Garrold (5942) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2015
Tap, at the brewery. Chestnut brown. Light haze. Thick, off white head, that collapses in the middle to a film. Good looker. Nose has light smoke. Roast, chocolatey malts. Light hop. Taste has light sweetness. Smoky dry. Thinnish palate. Finishes light, and smoky dry. Interesting beer, but not my cup of tea.

3.3
burg326 (5662) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Poured a pale brown color with aromas of oats, light peat, some earth and a touch of malt. Flavors are light malt and some smoke with peat and some oats. Decent overall but never been a fan of smoked beer.

3
AirForceHops (8183) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Draft from the source in a four oz. glass. Dark brown color thin head. Aroma is toasted grain, light nutty hint, mineral water, English yeast, maybe.

Flavor shows me English yeast, toasted grain, generic malts, mild nutty hint again. Texture is mildly watery, very flimsy body. I want to like it but it is very nondescript. Not bad.

2.8
AdamChandler (5225) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Dark brown to red. Smells like a smoked barley-wine. Decent hop bitterness. smokey with some charcoal, clove and some molasses.

3
williamstome (2062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Chestnut / dark brown pour, off white head. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla, but not much there. Flavor is nutty, chocolate and vanilla. A bit thin.

3.5
TaktikMTL (8013) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
En fût. Verre de dégustation directement à la brasserie au coût de 1,25$. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de caramel et de fumée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #6167)

3.2
MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Ripe bananas, dulce de leche and coarse hop resins whip up a puzzling Brown Ale variation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the shiny coppery brown.
-Smokiness is relatively light.
-Green vegetables are perceived underneath it all.
-Earthy hop bitterness balances out the sweetness nicely.
-The flavor profile is rough throughout, i.e. in the malt, hop and fermentation department. A bit like Red Eye, sadly.
-This is not up to par at all with their Opus Dei execution-wise.

On tap at the brewery.

3.6
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2015
From growler

Aroma: Chocolate, Lightly roasted, Some fruitiness or raisins or toffee - what I call the Brown Ale smell.

Appearance: Amber to reddish brown, clear liquid, off white head

Taste: Very sweet, some caramel or toffee

Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, long finish

To be honest, I’m not a fan of brown ales, but they are becoming very popular. I think it’s a good brown ale with a hint of smokiness. There’s the Brown Ale aroma and taste that is typical with brown ales, which I can’t find the words (or have learned yet) how to describe, but it’s the aroma and taste that prevalent in all of the brown ales that I’ve tasted. If you like brown ales, then you’ll probably love this one. Just not a go-to style for me.


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