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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Robust in character yet smooth in delivery, Cabin Fever is a roasty brown ale and a hearty, comforting companion for long, mind-bending winters. Its rye, roast and raisin notes play off a subtle caramel sweetness and culminate in a dry finish. Excellent with roasts, stews, caramelized onions and snowfall.

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2.7
SrSilliGose (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2009 bottle. pours a clear copper with barely any head. low carbonation. notes of coffee, rubber, toast, medicine. tastes more like a bock than a brown ale, who knows. I can actually see how this would go well with a stew or roast, like the commercial description suggests. I didn’t particularly care for this one though.

3.5
douglas88 (9620) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2009
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small white head. A sweet nutty caramel malt aroma. The flavor is nice; sweet caramel, rich toasted malts, but some smoky ashy flavors as well. Rich and sweet. Enjoyable.

3.5
shrubber85 (11611) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle. Sour chocolate milk and ash aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Nice chocolately malt flavor with light ash finish. Very nice beer.

3.2
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours a clear purple brown with nice layer of bubbly tan head. Aroma is very sweet molases, dark cherries, roasted nuts, and some doughiness. Flavor is pretty light start then a warming boozy bitterness followed by a bit of a licorice doughy fruit flavor. Weird dryer finish. Overall, an ok beer but not fabulous.

3.4
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Chocolate malts, caramel notes, a bit rustic nutty and sweet. Some burnt malt with a bitter lightly sweet finish. Decent ale.

3.7
nuplastikk (6452) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2009
12oz bottle. Dark amber brown color, looks filtered in its caramel translucence. Soft vanilla-edged brown sugar aroma. Somewhat Porter-like when served ice cold, but as it grows closer to room temp it becomes a really nice, mellow brown ale. Thick specialty malt residue coats your mouth after each sip. Fresh, non diacetyl caramel and brown sugar flavors. Middle of the road and subtle, but quite a good beer.

3.5
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Red-brown pour with a white thin head. Aroma of roasted malt and nuts. Flavor is roasted malt and nuts. tasty beer- little lacing.

2.1
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2009
This brown ale has only decent flavors marred by an excess of sweetness. Pours deep brown, beige head. Nutty and malty aromas; pretty typical for the style, nothing special except for the fact that caramel malt seems to dominate. This works very much against the brew in the taste, which is sweet and heavy - not what I look for in a brown ale. Go to Bell’s or Brooklyn for a better one, in my opinion.

3.2
topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a beige head. Aroma is roast malt, caramel, chocolate, and a bit co coffee. Flavor is rich, sweet caramel malt upfront with a roasty, bitter chocolate finish.

2.9
ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, 11/29/09

Overall Impression: This was a decent winter warmer-style brown ale, but I just didn’t think it worked quite right. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but maybe there is a bit too much going on here, so the brew was a bit convoluted? Maybe a bit too sweet? Not exactly sure, it’s just decent though.


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