RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This strong Brown Ale is quickly becoming a new Goose Island favorite. Seven different malt varieties are used to give this beer its sweet complexity and round body. Lightly hopped for balance, this pint is the perfect accompaniment to a fine cigar.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - JAN 11, 2006
Much darker than I expected...more of a stoutish feel, but still kind of light bodied. Lots of carmel like the other GI brown ales. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Chestnut in color with red highlights and a tan film & ring above. Aroma is rich and oaken with honey, sweet malts and a nutty backdrop. Stout-quality roastiness emerges late with black coffee. Bittersweet throughout with the needle moving towards "sweet" in the finish... its a slow slide from roasted grains through chocolate, grape and raisin. Full-bodied and smooth with just enough alcohol to dry the palate so youll ask for more. A superior malt experience.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Tastes a lot like a stout, real smoke like. Dark brown, maybe black. Not that great of a stout. Doesnt taste like a brown ale at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
One of three brown ales that the Clybourn brew pub had on tap today, this poured a clear light brown with a modest white head. The aroma is caramel and chocolate. A bit of smokiness is added to the flavor, making the malts taste mildly roasted. Smooth with a sweet caramel finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Tap at Clyborn location. Clear brown body. Primarily sweet aroma - dark chocolate, toasty caramel malt. Toasty caramel malt flavor, wheat bread in the flavor. A bold brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
On tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Dark amber with ruby red flecks. Head is light tan and mostly diminishing. Weak aroma: rye, dark chocolate, smokey leather. Quite a striking tobacco flavor, along with oak, more grainy rye and wheat, and chestnuts. Very soft, delicate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Clybourn tap. Pours to a really deep mahogany red/brown body with a white head. The flavor is really smooth. Light nuttyness. Good light tobacco. The palate is creamy and light bodied. Slick. The aroma is light. Light nutty malts. Very delicious for a brown ale! Im digging this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Draught, 2005 version: well formed tan cream above a deep garnet body that is more opaque than notnose tingling spicy effervescence, heavy on the all-spice and black pepper which is reminiscent of the fruity yeast character of the Christmas ale from this year. Charred cedar and smoky qualities on the front of the tongue. Stays very moist and smooth on the palate and finishes very clean. Lingering berry flavoured malts and a hint of peatI have been waiting a long time for this elusive brew and am very happy with the result of my wait a beautiful treat on a cold, snowy winter evening in Chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
An interesting brown ale, to say the least. Fine hops in there with a chocolate sweetness that you dont find in a lot of brown ales. Light nuts, maple. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Clybourn. Deep chestnut brown in color with ruby accents and translucent when put to light. Creamy, tanish-gray overlay acting as the head. Hearty nut profile for the aroma, procured by pecans rolled in dark chocolate powder, natural wood paneling, brown sugar and maple nut fudge. Smooth segueway into the mouth, and easy on the carbonation. Sweet pralines and caramel linger with distant, yet distinct, chocolate milk. Sweet, diluted brown sugar and a sanded-down Heath Bar come to call. Mild bitters register on the tongues sides in the finish. A noble brown, but Id opt for Goose Islands standard Nut Brown if it ever comes to that.

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