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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This brown beer is a hybrid concoction brewed with malt heft and all around backbone. A styleless wonder.

Available all year long. 6% ABV.

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3.8
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Interesting this reads that it is brewed in Wisconsin when the brewery by my house is now operational. Not sure if they are still contracting here. Pours a very deep copper color. Minimal head. Nice malty nose. Has orange and hops flavor. Some nice crisp yeast and sugar notes as well. Could probably drink a ton on tap. Nice.

3.3
User29624 (1687) - - FEB 28, 2009
Decent beer, actually better than I was expecting. On tap @ The Bristol in Chicago. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet malt aroma and flavor, it really dominated. Some hops to add bitterness, but heavy malt and caramel for the most part.

3.6
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
12 oz. bottle pour into shaker pint. Pours a deep amber/red and brownish. Clear. Cream colored head that sustains down to the last drop. Sweet malt aroma, caramel, but only when not agitated. A swirl of the glass and here come the hops. They are subtle, but elegant. Smells like a red ale and looks like one too. First swig...flat flavor. It is hop all the way through, not strong, but just hops there the entire time. As it warms the malt comes up slightly, but it is still mostly hop. Light body. Tiny bitter finish. I really liked, more complex than I was expecting!

3.1
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours light brownish red with a small off white froth. Aroma is very malty and sweet with a toffee character. A small bit of dark fruit and floral hops are present as well. Flavor starts with a very quick sugary sweetness before giving way to a earthy hop bitterness. Finishes creamy with roasted malts and a bit of candy sugar sweetness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Quite different from previous bitters I have had. Like an american bitter. Well balanced but a weak character. I like it more than their lager though.

3.1
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2008
bottle. recently released. a rather caramel forward example of the style, sweet malty aroma. sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor, earthy hop notes. pretty nice beer.

3.4
lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle bonused in a trade from d0b. Thanks man!

Pours a nice clear amber with medium lasting beige head. Smell is kind of fruity and malty with a nuttiness too. Mild, but nice. Taste is biscuity, dusty, and fruity, with a bit of nutty flavor as well. Balanced, and what I’d expect flavorwise in the style, and very drinkable. Medium bodied and good carbonation. I thought it was pretty nice and a very drinkable sessionable beer. Didn’t get the low scores for this, but my bottle was quite good.

3
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 Lovely dark but clear mahogany pour with some bubbles and a great frothy beige head. Sweeter aroma of toffee, toasty malt, some sour grains and funky hops. Flavor is that of an ESB light. Weak body with very soft but stronger carbonation. So odd... artificial tasting. Distant flavors of sweet caramel, almost burnt toffee, sunflower seeds and skunky hops. That body is really something interesting...sooo easy drinking...too bad its the wrong flavor for it. 5.4.4.3.9

[rerate 7.18.09] draft thanks to funkybrewster. Much much better than one of the early versions I’ve tasted. Strong fresh hop bite, still an odd combination. We both agreed it tasted more like a strong hopped brown, but definitely more deserving than the score I previously gave it. 6.4.6.3.11

3.9
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2011 Hazy red-brown with decent, creamy, beige head / Sweet, malty, citrus and toffee nose / Medium body, zippy carbonation, some sweetness, malty but with good balance and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, coffee, lemon, grapefruit, and dry hops / Really more of a brown ale or a black ipa.


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