Shipyard Brewer's Choice Special Ale Brown Ale (05-06, 09-13)

 
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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Brewer’s Choice Brown Ale is a full-bodied, dark brown ale made with 5 different malts and 3 varieties of hops. Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley and Wheat malts combine to give this beer a nice smoky taste up front and a smooth, full body, finishing with a crisp hop bite at the back. Hops used in this limited edition brew are English Challenger, Styrian Goldings, and East Kent Goldings at the finish. Available February -­ March. 5.4% alcohol by volume

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3.8
Nisse666 (7988) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2010
Flaska 10 grader, 2009-09-03, Göteborg UTS: Pepsi cola med julmust skum D: Newcastle brown ale + kaffe S: Som en Newcastle men lite torrare och med någon oidentifierbar metallisk bismak. Faktiskt helt OK men orginalet (tänkte då på NBA) rules. Brukar bli besviken på Shipyard men faktiskt inte denna gång. ES: Sötsyrlig mjuk dimma

3.1
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Pours a clear dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing, small frothy tan head. Has a sweet toasty, bready caramel malt aroma with some nuttiness. Body starts slightly fizzy revealing some more sweet toasty darker malts and earthy English hops before a drier, sticky bitter finish. Could be smoother and better balanced.

3.1
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2006 bottling, BB 07/06. Poured clear, darker copper with an explosive cap of beige head (1" liquid, 6" head). The aroma picked up dusty sweeter chocolates and cocoa with a bit of English floral notes.. definitely some sourness creeping in due to age. The flavor was quite tasty.. sweeter chocolate, light molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla with rising vinegary tartness toward the back (managed to compliment the maltage rather well).. sweeter finish with a mild herbal bitterness. Lighter-bodied and smooth across the middle of the palate.. light bitterness and some sour notes toward the back. Held up better than it probably should have, but doesn’t have much (if any) life left.

2.9
ekstedt (6976) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle (35 cl), thanks gnoff. Clear mahogny, medium beige head. Roasted aromas with some butterscotch. Light to medium bodiedm medium carbonation. Dry, a bit salty and metallic.

3.3
mansquito (6911) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Well apparently this is not retired because I got a sixer of this at a pretty new liquor store pretty recently. Cloudy brown color with beige head. Aroma is really malty with dark fruit notes in it. Taste is pretty much what you would expect from the smell. Malty with caramel and subtle chocolate undertones.

2.9
ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 2005 bottle. I wonder what were the choices given to the brewer that he chose a brown ale??!! I can just imagine. . ."Well, it’s time for you to choose a beer, would you like to make a Trippel, dubble, maybe a Double IPA or a barleywine, how bout an Imperial Stout or a Dortmunder??" "I think I’ll brew a brown ale!!!" Haha, whatever. . .His choices were probably more like, "brown ale, pale lager, APA, IPA". Ok, ok enough of that.
Pour is a clear, dark, chocolate brown body, very fine bubbles rising rapidly to form a one-finger off-white head, with no lacing, and little retention. Aroma of light yeast, toffee, minerals and soft milky chocolate. Hints of flavorful, fuzzy, earthy green hops as well. Flavor begnis full of toffee and chocolate, light, sticky molasses/brown sugar and lots of crystal malt on the finish. English hops are flavorful, and quite restrained, little to no bitterness. Some mild fruitiness, a bit of nuttiness and touches of buttercream towards the end. Medium body with no wateriness. Pretty hard, filtered American mouthfeel, too much carbonation at first. For all of the full flavor, it’s only moderately complex. Well-made but very safe, as jay says.

3.7
vyvvy (6734) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2006
Aroma is smooth nutty maltness. The pour is a nice dark brown with a beige head that stay around for a while. Tast is very smooth with roasted malt with a pleasant nutty flavor. Light bitter hop finish with full maltiness. Later in the some of the roasted qualities have a bit of a coffee flavor. A very nice beer.

3.6
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of wheat, some earth, some pepper. Tastes earthy and chocolatey with some roasty hints on the finish.

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thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2006
This bottled brew marked best enjoyed before july of ’06 from a bottle shop poured a head of all foam finely sized light brown colored bubbles that was mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent typically carbonated red brown colored body. The aroma was sweet and caramel malt. The mouth feel was thin and weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong caramel note. The flavor contained notes of sweet caramel wheat and softly acidic.

2.9
JPDIPSO (6287) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Dark chestnut color with a big foamy light tan head. Applesauce and sweet licorice aromas. Really not much of a sniff. Mild roasted malt with a light sweet malted milk flavor Some dry roasted nut and a touch of dry floral hops as well. What a boring brew night. Linger is lightly acidic and with a dry toasty quality.


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