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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This strong Brown Ale is quickly becoming a new Goose Island favorite. Seven different malt varieties are used to give this beer it’s sweet complexity and round body. Lightly hopped for balance, this pint is the perfect accompaniment to a fine cigar.

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3.5
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Flight on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky brownish hue, a bit muddy with lighter edge. Small tan head dies to a tiny ring clinger, no real lacing. Aromas are touches of sweet malts, dates and brown malt, touches of biscuits, and toast, faint toffee. A touch of dark fruit, toastiness, and maybe a touch of sweet syrupy maple. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, some sweet bready and biscuity malts, touches of chestnuts, earthy soil, touches of faint tobacco. Not smoky, but dry and toasty finish with a touch of chalkiness, some cocoa like feel, and some mellow darker sweetness into the fold. An interesting beer. Strange earthy brown ale, dry into the finish, with some mellow sweetness but a lot of dry toast, some tobacco, and soil, grass. Really interesting, sweetness kept at bay as earthy malts, dry hops, and toasty brown and bready malts do the work.

3.4
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
On tap at clybourn. Poured a dark brown with an amber hue. Lots of malts on the nose with a slight nuttiness. Malty taste with very, very mild hops. Interesting brew that might benefit from more of a punch.

3.4
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.

3.4
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2007
On tap at Cly. Dark brown with ruby tint, small tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor with plum and other fruit and a little dough. Medium body and well carbonated. Very nice.

3.3
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 tongue’s sides in the finish. A noble brown, but I’d opt for Goose Island’s standard Nut Brown if it ever comes to that.

3.3
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2007
On tap at GI – Clybourn. Poured clear, deeper cola brown with a short-lived, short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter drawn caramel and chocolate along with darker fruity and floral accents.. nice and malty overall, and quite enticing. The flavor was sweeter and rather muddled.. caramel, sweet chocolate, and a touch of toffee fight each other for attention.. light roast to it, and a sweet caramel/chocolate blend on the short finish.. nice components, but it didn’t really come together. Slick on the front of the palate with sweet malts on the middle that don’t successfully fill it out.. mild bitterness. OK beer.

3.3
User29624 (1683) - - NOV 21, 2009
FoBAB. Pours brown with a very thin head. Aroma of caramel, hops, and a touch of tobacco. Decent brown ale, but a touch thin. Worth a shot.

3.2
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 don’t find in a lot of brown ales. Light nuts, maple. Decent.

3.2
CMUBEERMAN (442) - - 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.

3.1
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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