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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blending the mild roasted/chocolate profile and lighter body of a brown ale with a single source Arabica bean cold press coffee, the Abel Brown delivers an incredible flavor range, yet remains well balanced. It also makes a great breakfast beer.

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3.5
yackery (168) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Bomber. Black coffee brownish. Thin head and fast lacing. Nose of roasty coffee and chocolate - appetizing. Taste is light sweetness and umami. Palate is thin but creamy with a longish coffee finish. One of my favorite beers.

3.7
matthewjk (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2016
This soft, light coffee ale makes a good first impression. Little light in body, but very well balanced. The coffee is not bitter due to the cold brew process. Good idea. 22oz bottle pour.

3.1
ABUSEDGOAT (2849) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Brown colored, massive head, good lace/retention. Aroma is nut, coffee, roast, caramel, earth. Medium bodied, moderate coffee flavor. Would have guessed higher alcohol, not that it’s there.

3.4
Block (3183) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2016
This is another really nice nitro brown. Good color and very creamy pour. Flavor is light, smooth. It’s lighter brown ale and, true to deScription, a good breakfast beer.

3.7
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Sampled May 2015
A vigorous pour into my glass produces a three-finger thick, creamed-brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a fairly clear, deep reddish, brown hue when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells brightly, but not overly charred, of aromatic, toasted / roasted coffee; bits of dark chocolate, charred fruit, and burnt wooden notes are all noticeable, as well as a malty background character of toasted, brown, whole grain bread.

Bitter coffee notes up front, are not overwhelming and linger through to the long finish without getting overly so, or astringent. Quite light bodied, and very quaffable, despite having a touch of malty sweetness that provides a dark, caramelized counterpoint to the bitter and roasted coffee character. The coffee character is roasted, toasted, amply nutty, and with a smooth, well integrated character; the brown beer malt character really helps to accentuate these notes as well (especially the toasted / roasted nuttiness), and also round things out with a brown whole-grain toast character as well. There is a touch or roasted raisin like fruitiness here, though very subtly. The sweetness from the brown ale becomes more noticeable with time, and really helps to bring balance to this beer.

This is one of the better, and most integrated / balanced coffee beers I have ever had. Especially with such a low alcohol beer, this could easily have been overdone; the coffee is the dominant note, but it doesn’t overwhelm the beer.

3.3
blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Nitro pour. Pours deep brown with an off white head.Hard roasted and chocolate malts, with some soft nutty notes and mild-moderate sweetness. Not bad.

3.4
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Malt and chocolate aroma with coffee. Malt and light cocoa flavor with light roast and light coffee. Medium bodied. Coffee and light cocoa linger with light roast and light caramel.

3.1
BlackHaddock (7672) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Bomber opened and shared with the wife on 2nd June 2015: poured into two large ’Leffe’ badged chalice’s. Dark, dark brown body with a tanned wisp and collar. The front labelling claimed it was infused with cold brew coffee, so no surprise when the beer looks, smells and tastes like a cold brew coffee! Roasted malts saves the day beer wise but the brew is all about those coffee aromas and flavours really. Went really well with some chocolate biscuits. Glad I tried it (bought at Texas Wine & Spirits, Carlsbad).

3.4
BeerFunGuy (874) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2015
I'm not sure but I think somebody put a tiny bit of beer in my coffee. It is a strong coffee flavor and aroma.

3.4
DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Tap, brown pour with tan head, nose is coffee, taste is same, not as good as swirly but decent.


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