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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ah, yes, the humble and often overlooked brown ale! Here at Helms we love the rich, bready, and toffee like malt profile of this style. 6 different malts contribute to this complex medium bodied brew. We use just a touch of hops to provide a lovely counter point for the natural sweetness of barley. This beer pairs well with stews, BBQ, chili & chocolates of all types.

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3.3
GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2017 November 7th, 2014 - I’ve had Helm’s Batten Down Brown already in this sitting, but the brewery was also serving up a cask aged version the day we came in for a line of samplers. It looks like a brown, minus some of the carbonation and energy, undoubtedly leaked as the cask aged. But the smell is still redolent with cherries and cherry coda. On the tongue, the carbonation is indeed flat, letting the flavor rest on the tongue and delivering tastes of cherry tobacco. My first reaction is to recoil, but if one thinks of it as a deliciously flavored wort, it’s quite good. Too bad we caught the cask at the end of its lifespan, as a little carbonation and pep would make this even better, but the cask version is good even when its deflated. November 7th, 2014 - Unlike the two tasters before it, I cannot smell the Helm’s Batten Down Brown. And it is not for lack of trying, but someone has taken it upon themselves to step just outside the premises and smoke a cigar, with all those lovely, curling, nose befuddling plumes sneaking back into the bar, presumably for some pints of their own. Thankfully the taste is still safe from the cigar’s externalization of its own hazards, and here I get a fairly simple collection notes: tootsie rolls, raisins, and unsurprisingly, chocolate covered raisins. It’s a simple ensemble, and doesn’t leave me with the impression of much depth, but few browns do.

0.9
JDBaker11058 (2256) - Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2016
appearance: deep clear cola-ruby brown with a HUGE frothy bubbly yellow-tan head-----RUH ROH. aroma: treacle, molasses, toffee, and caramel; under all that a stank whiff of beer gone infected. notes: yup--infected; I think the brown ale base would be good, but the bacteria have this way overcarbed, with that sickly-sweet-salty burnt estery note. finish: lingering sweetness with a hint of vomit. notes: UGH. Drain pour. No brewed on or best by date either.

3.1
Idiosynkrasie (7628) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 2, 2016
650ml bottle. Opaque, darkest brown colour with huge, firm, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, off-white to beige head. Roasty, dark malty aroma, with notes of liquorice, toffee, a herbal touch of lovage. Taste is dry, roasty dark malty, subtle sweetness, hints of treacle, toffee, a touch of liquorice, burnt caramel; lively carbonation.

4.6
balboaraiders (4) - - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
I didn’t think I was a Brown fan, but this was a nice surprise. Not much aroma but it was a solid beer. I could definitely do a pint of this

4.8
Dodgers101 (6) - - JAN 21, 2016 does not count
This is a solid brown. I did a full flight at Helm’s and thought this was their most traditional style.

3.4
blipp (9374) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin off white head. Sweet malty base, some brown sugar, and faint bitterness. Mild roasted and toasted bready notes as well. Solid.

2.8
Hansen (8595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
Way too carbonated! Dark brown coloured and almost clear. Has an off-white head, diminishing. Notes of laqurice and some roasted notes.

2.8
Zita (6325) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2015
light toasted malty aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter,light burnt and toasted finish.

3.1
fonefan (49601) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Helms Batten Down Brown ].
Clear dark red brown color with a large to huge, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, sour berry - fruit, caramel. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, medicine, chocolate, sweet malt, roasted, brown malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to lively. [20150620]

3.1
laiti (8481) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
65 cl bottle @ Sankt Hans Tasting, Ulfborg
Aroma has cocoa tones, some coffee and roasted malt. Also hay. Feels like a dunkel. Flavour has nuts, roasted tones and coffee. Coffee-dry finish. Like a dunkel lost in the ale world.


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