RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
This beer started as a Southern English Brown, and evolved from there. The nose almost comes across as caramel, but when you drink, you will find that it is not sweet. Dark, toasty, and lightly sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, and caramel, this beer is complex but very drinkable. A rustic but balanced beer without a strong hop presence, definitely made for the malt lovers of the old world.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (17609) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Keg at the taproom, SD, 12/11/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown topped with a decent light tan swirl. Nose is light charr, toffee fudge, nutty, hoppy back pang. Taste comprises sweet licks, caramel, liqourice, toasted brown sugar. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with sweet licks and some hop presence. Ok but just a little overly sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Had on tap at Monkey Paw in San Diego. Pours a dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma is espresso and not much else. Flavor is very malt forward with lots of coffee and some roast. Slightly tart. Slightly sweet. Very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1816) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown-black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is or toasted malts, sweet malts, caramel, nuts, caramel, coco, and some light coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma but also has some light piney hops. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a slighty bitter, medium finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3580) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
On tap at brewpub
Moving to the house beers I began my flight with a very nice brown ale. Once again it has a very West Coast feel to it that is missing from its European counterparts. That established it is a great session beer that would be easy to pair with almost anything.

Aroma / Appearance - The chestnut base is a bit murky and dim with a redwood edge. Vanilla head traps the dusty leather, wood shavings, malts, and gentle hop presence that hangs in the air.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel and malt balls stick to the tongue. Walnut and cedar transition to a robust finish. Nothing is so overpowering that it ever detracts from the basics of a sessionable beer that is meant to go with almost anything. If all Monkey Paw beers are this good San Diego really is lousy with world class breweries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2365) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Aluminum can from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark brown liquid all the way to the rim of my pint glass with a minimal formation of film head which eventually fizzes out. Aroma is rich and robust with a deep base of toasted malts that bring out a ground roast coffee scent while still giving off the smell of a bag of assorted nuts.. That’s probably the best smelling simple brown ale I have ever come across in production bottle or can—seriously. The drink is amazingly well balanced holding a big malt bill that boasts of toffee and caramel but with a nice toasty touch on those malts while a flavor of nuts earns my attention considering this was supposed to be a regular old brown ale style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (12355) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
[10/7/13] Draught at Delirium Hoppy Loft in Brussels. Very dark brown to black with a tan head. Nice roasty coffee aroma. Roasty and coffee-ish flavor, bittersweet, with a drier finish. Medium-bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebletitje (9553) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2013
Draft @ Hoppy Loft. Here is another Delirium bar gem that they can’t manage to tap fresh, and instead wait more than 6 months to serve. Brune, col épais café au lait. Arôme est malté grillé, léger poussiéreux, grains le tout sur une pointe de citronné - houblonné. Malheureusement, le bouquet conserve une note lactique qui joue en défaveur de la bière. Palais est malté moyen, semble bien passé son temps. Pétillant moyen avec ce côté vieille bière. Légère amertume, pointe de grillé et torréfié. Amertume est modéré, assez sec en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Very nice brown ale, on tap at the brewery in san diego, nutty, sweet, easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Tap at Monkey Paw. Clear, deep red pour. Cocoa dusty, richer malt nose. Decent dusty body, lots of cocoa powder. One note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - APR 6, 2013
Poured a nice brown hue. Smelled nutty and had hints of smoke. It had a good amount of carbonation that had a cleansing effect on the palate. Tasted nutty; I don’t generally like the style, but it was surprisingly drinkable.

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