ads135 (5052) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 22, 2017 tybee199 (13) - USA - NOV 8, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good beer, though certainly not my favorite Free State brew. Rich and malty with a nice hint of hops, though a little thin and not much aroma. I'm not a brown ale fan in general, so I'm biased, but most of Free State's house brews top this one. Of course, a so-so Free State beer beats most others' best efforts.
Funny that this is the beer they hype with t-shirts, etc. How 'bout a Copperhead shirt?!
Pretty mild brown ale. I'm generally a fan of the stronger brown ales, but as a sessionable brown, this was tasty. Chocolate, has some brown sugar, some bready finish. Tried for the first time at the brewery back in 2007. unclemike (3176) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Brown color with a red tint. Cream colored head that left foam on the sides of the glass. Chocolate malt aroma with sourish notes. Malty, lactic/sour notes, little or no hop character. Nice mouthfeel. Nsanders (1179) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2015
Tap at Old Chicago, Olathe. Dark red brown with a thin off white head and moderate lacing. Big roasted malt aroma, cereal, mild coffee and a little nutty. Flavor is dryly sweet with a chalky aftertaste. Body is lighter with a fizzy feel. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a large foamy light tan head. Aroma of caramel, peanuts, milk chocolate and molasses. Flavor of caramel malt, almonds, light brown sugar, some spicy hop notes. RobertDale (6888) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Comes dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. Kind of sweet, but easy to drink. Nice.
phaleslu (10743) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Draft in a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a dark, amber-tinted brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted and caramel malts, brown sugar-tosted nuts, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor hits pretty much all the same notes, getting sweeter as it warms. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, sweet mouthfeel. Good brown ale, and of course they had to name it John Brown Ale- love that part. jrodooo5 (1723) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a very malty aroma. Taste is slightly bland with not much going on flavor wise. It’s ok. It’s sessionable but nothing in this beer stands out to me. Not bad but I probably wouldn’t buy it again. SudsMcDuff (8523) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2011
On draft @ the Brewpub .. . Pours a deep brown, low head, light but sticky lacing .. . very light roast, light molasses, shaved bark, and brown sauce .. . Duffman can’t breathe! OH NO! badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Deep copper brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet molasses and malt aroma. Molasses and nutty taste with a malty finish. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
dark brown, small tan head, somewhat lacy. nose of sweet malt, chocolate. flavor is chocolate and caramel. i don’t detect any hop bitterness. medium bodied, sweet finish. a touch too chocolatey for me. sampled from a growler provided by flossmoor station head brewer bryan shimkos.