RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
One of our oldest brews, Special Brown makes its yearly appearance again. Strong and sweet, brewed with 2-row, Munich, Victory, and two types of caramel malts and lightly bittered with Challenger hops. A luciously sweet brew. Special Brown is an agreeable pint.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (14100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Draft at Clybourn brewpub. Poured hazy dark brown color with medium off-white fizzy head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Medium brown sugar aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Medium balanced sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Sweet drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
On tap at Goose Island - Clybourn. Poured deep, hazy reddish-brown with a short yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up dark fruits, caramel, and chocolate with a deeply-rooted, clearly evident alcohol presence.. came across quite brash. The flavor had sweet drawn caramel and brown sugar at the core laced with raw grainy alcohol.. the same sweetness found the finish, as did the booziness that marred my enjoyment of the beer. Medium-bodied on the palate with lower carbonation.. too much sharpness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/18/1998
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewpub

dark ruby, fine tan head, light chocolate malt aroma, rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate, slightly sweet, rich and chewy chocolate, an excellent chocolate porter disguised as a brown ale

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Score: ***4
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2006
pretty good. red/brown appearance with a decent head. flavors start sweet with nut caramel and toffee. as it finishes the flavors become more grainy/bready. a strong brown ale, but not exceedingly exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Not as rich or complex as the nut brown. A little thin, a little translucent. Taste is initially bitter, but fades fast. a little nutty and sweet. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1739) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
I had this at the Clybourne and i got the regular nut brown and this to see if i could tell the difference. truth is no. The regular nut brown was darker and was more creamier. Maybe was more nutty in aroma. Other than the extra alcohol there is no reason to spend the extra dollar on a pint of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
A small, tan head is very fizzy above a deep mahogany body (that matched the bar), with carbonation equally evident within. There is an initial light touch of hops in the aroma followed by whisky and a sharp lemon bite. Malts take a backseat until the flavor, where they are revealed with a wicked-potency. This fades slowly to simple tea-bitters. With a lively mouthfeel its rather sharp & crisp for such a malty brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Maybe if Id had the cask version that the others have rated this year, Id be more excited about this beer. What I had was a 6.9% sweet, malty brown ale with very few hops to balance it out. Quaffable, but merely "okay."

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Sampled on Cask at GI Clybourne
This beer is a full brown color, and it is topped by a frothy tan colored head. The aromas is lightly roasty with notes of coffee, caramel, and a hint of burnt fruit. The taste is sweet, with a malty fullness to it that is quite nice. I also get notes of brandy, cherries, alcohol, rum and caramel. This beer is so soft and creamy, with a low carbonation to it. This is definitely a great beer to have on cask, it seems to soften it and make it all that much more quaffable. This is tasty and I am quite enjoying the glass of beer that I was poured.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (4120) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
On cask in Wrigleyville. Reddish brown, largest foamy head--not at all like the creamy head I like to see on cask conditioned ales. Nose is earthy, slightly sour. Smooth mouthfeel, almost flat. Not exactly earthshaking but drinkable.

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