On tap at Cooper’s Seafood, smoothly watered nitro version of world-class English-style brown ale hits the tongue like a fudged brownie, gaining gentle vanilla creaming over light hop toasting. Original version’s stove-burnt coffee tones fade below mellowing nutty brown chocolate finish.
Appealing dark chocolate-malted cocoa frontage of mildly dry brown ale allows quaint nut roast and relegated molasses sugaring to sedately linger over multigrain-breaded hop toasting, appeasing light-to-moderate-bodied dark ale fanatics.
On tap at Ambulance, English brown ale perhaps stays a bit too nuttily sour for mainstream tastes. Soured prune astringency seeps into coffee-stained walnut and Brazil nut midst. Recessive brown rice tea, light-roast coffee and Blackstrap molasses illusions falter.
Intriguing English Brown Ale neatly duplicates molasses-draped gingerbread cookie. Brown-sugared nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and cardamom spicing as well as light vanilla hints sweeten gingerbread theme over slightly coarse hop astringency, ascending orange peel bittering and light pumpkin pie piquancy. Sharp ginger spicing really takes hold at finish. Well-done Christmas dessert treat.
On tap at Taphouse Grille, sessionable dry-hopped English brown ale scatters walnut chocolate cake illusions across mossy earthen peat. Brown tea-like followup seeps into mild hop bittering and light biscuit malts. Lightweights’ delight.
Tolerable dessert beer spreads dark toffee all over creamy brown chocolate, vanilla and coffee illusions. Chocolate pudding, marzipan, almond, pecan and hazelnut undertones further sweeten burnt caramel malting. But coarse hop-charred bittering counters with heavy-handed astringency.
Better defined as a dewy mocha-nutted brown ale than English strong ale, rocky tan-headed amber-browned medium body gains unwanted astringency by its dark-spiced caramel-malted finish. Faint plum, raisin and walnut illusions and hesitant barleywine nip fade abruptly.
Admirable molasses-sapped caramel entry desperately fades to phenol hop-oiled coffee roast and dark chocolate chalking. Sour nut char blackens piney resin, leaving walnut, Brazil nut and cola nut traces in its wake. On second tasting two years hence, maple-spiced almond, pecan and chestnut sugaring gained prominence above lowered phenol hop astringency.
‘Harvest’ seems like a misnomer as robust English-styled brown ale shuns expected raw-grained barnyard earthiness for brown-sugared nuttiness and chocolate-roasted caramel nougat sweetness. Mild lemon-twisted espresso pungency, sour rye breading and root vegetable musk counter muddy mocha malting.
Likable English brown ale valiantly hybridizes mildly creamed Black & Tan dark-roasted mocha nuttiness with India Pale Ale-derived dried fruiting. Fig-sugared black, purple and red grape tannins serenade hazelnut sweetness, walnut bittering and pecan-almond conflux over caramel chocolate cluster. Molasses-sapped mineral graining adds depth.
Distinguished English Brown Ale knockoff retains rich molasses-sugared creaminess and milky brown chocolate sweetness, contrasting the ashen oats-charred nut roast to its caramel nougat center. Peated rye malting deepens hazelnut coffee nuances as well as tertiary pecan, almond and peanut clusters. Chewy dark chocolate toffee reminder enhances nutty mocha finish.
Easygoing English-styled brown ale placating lactic-soured coffee oiling with creamy brown chocolate froth, distant vanilla sweetness and faded hazelnut-walnut-cola conflux. Mild cocoa nibs finish muddled by interfering carbolic fluff.