belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Slightly roasted, caramely aroma. Hint of sweetness througout, with a slight hop bite. A good Brown Ale. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Color of deep muddy water, murky brown of chestnut with some reddish tones around the sides and bottom, solid cream colored head that maintains some nice spongeyness for awhile and leaves minimal strings and spots of lace. Smell is more sweet then roasted of the malts with some light cocoa-cola and nutty notes. Taste is again more so on the sweet then the roasted malts, like cocoa-cola mixed with a stout. Some caramel lightly comes through over some of the sweet tones in the finish, but no hop quality seems to appear anywhere. Feel is a bit thin, not quite light, and definately not medium, just kinda there with a carbonation that doesn't seem to fit. Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2003
This is another James Page beer that doesn't quite seem to fit the style on the label. However, this is a great plus with this beer. The brown ale mostly strikes me as a boring, bland beer. But here they have turned it into "Lite Guinness"--creamy texture, a small white head, deep roasted flavor, chocolatey, with a bitterness that strikes me as more natural than artificial, and a hint of hops in the finish that suggests just a bit of complexity. Enjoyable! badgerben (5281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2003
This almost looked like a quasi-stout, more black than brown. Little head. The scent is hard to place for me... a little malty perhaps. Very smooth, malt and barley taste. Light on the carbonation. Very nice beer and easy to drink. FYI: don't let it sit around a lengthy time. As I finish this one it's gotten increasingly bitter. But it's good for well over 40 minutes. stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Pours clear and caramel colored, medium carbonation with little head. Aroma is slightly hoppy and metallic. Flavor is much improved over the aroma and makes it a good session beer. Mild maltiness and mild hops plus a little raisin character - all blended together nicely. I finished this beer very fast - it is easy to drink. Thanks Slikwily
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Unlike Slikwily, I've had mixed experiences with James Page's brews. Their Finnegan's Irish Ale is excellent, and after tasting the Burly Brown, I'd have to say it gives Finnegans a run for its money. Very nice, heavy hopped flavor. Medium roasted malt is well balanced by the bitterness. Reminds me a little of Summit Extra Pale Ale, but this is better. It wont show up with as good a rating due to Summit's having higher Aroma and Appearance marks, but where it really counts, flavor, the Burly Brown wins out. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2003 Its nice to own a pice of this company they have some of the best beer's out there this one has a nice dark color,malty aroma with a hint of sweetness and a nice chocolate finish well made boys keep selling Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Distinct aroma, looks great in the glass but poor head retention. Overall taste has a smooth bite to it. NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 My wife grabbed a six of this by mistake--I had wanted to try the pale ale but when we got home from the store, I noticed she’d gotten the burly brown stuff instead. No matter--this brew is very good! Nice taste, looks great in a glass & goes down very smoothly. I really like it.
Next week, I hope to sample the pale ale... phersjm99 (25) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2002
A local beer for me, so a little biased, but a solid brown overall..........