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Passable English Brown Ale bottled for upper New York’s Ellicottville Brewery by Southern Tier. Hop-charred grain-toasted peanut-shelled cocoa bean salience above dry earthen astringency affects scant hazelnut-pecan-cashew influence, oaken vanilla acridity, and ashen chocolate malting to marble rye spine.

Rating: 3.5

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Fine hop-roasted medium-bodied English-styled nut brown session ale places restive caramel-toasted pecan-buttered chestnut surfeit beyond lingered soft-hopped hazelnut-sopped mocha latte sensation. Black cherry, black grape, and black licorice darken sharp corners.…

Rating: 3.5

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Blunt medium-bodied amber-grained autumnal brings fresh-roasted kiln malting and wet-leafed hop bittering to dreary brown-sugared chocolate-smoked coffee nuttiness. Diminished peanut-shelled hazelnut-pecan-walnut simmer drops off to earthen peat herbage. On tap, dry Brazil nut bittering counters distant maple-sapped hazelnut chocolate sweetness as interceptive dirty-grained hop-roasted astringency beckons.…

Rating: 3.5

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CIGAR CITY BOLITA BROWNHop-roasted brown chocolate frontage of robust full-bodied bitter leads molasses-sugared hazelnut procession atop sooty wood-burnt earthen peat bottom. Hints of cigar ash, tobacco leaf, loose twigs, and charred walnut lie in the balance.…

Rating: 3

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Dank grain aroma and unappealing ill-defined metallic nuttiness knock down initial peat-smoked promise substantially. Barley-roasted coffee bittering and astringent plum-cherry smidgen add to extremely dry-hopped mocha-malted finish. Supposed rugged ‘Irish’ styling goes unnoticed.…

Rating: 2.5

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Refreshingly sweet aroma, sharp fruited malting and nut-grained harshness consume chocolate-roasted front end. But dainty hop moderation, cigarette tobacco dryness and phenol cherry souring spoiled by murky bitter tea finish.…

Rating: 3.5

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Creamier, nuttier, and more bitter than most in its class, this dry coffee-daubed medium body is full of fire but indistinct compared to Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. Astringently coarse pecan-walnut finish retains smoky mocha residue.…

Rating: 2.5

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Mild tawny-hued auburn-highlighted dry body squanders almond-cashew nuttiness and brown-sugared hazenut liqueur reminder for wood burnt faux-pas. Mild lactose creaminess foiled by itinerant sour mocha malt edge, finishing oily.…

Rating: 2.5

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Translucent chestnut-hued light body with caramelized mocha current loses some oomph by dry macadamia-almond-butternut-induced finish, seeming too watery, oily, and reserved for its style. Creamy maple-sapped malts depart just as dirty vegetal graininess stalls interest.…

Rating: 3.5

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Fine black chocolate-y walnut-macadamia theme enforced by caramelized maple-sapped vanilla latte creaminess. Though too light and watery to compete with serious nut brown challengers, understated butterscotch appeal suits lighter tastes well. (Now brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York).…

Rating: 2

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Bitter hop-charred oiling merges with indistinct chocolate-caramel malting for deep brown-hued disappointment. Unfortunately, its ‘nut’ essence is nowhere to be found. Docked for false advertising.…

Rating: 5

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Strong maple-sapped hazelnut-pecan harmony distinguishes wonderful full-bodied amber-hued brew. Its peculiarities work for it instead of against it. Perhaps its creamy vanilla finish separates this from all other nut-related competitors. Bitter fruit, mineral grains, and butternut perfectly accessorize sugary caramel sweetness. Not only an excellent dessert drink, but world class in distinction, originality, and most importantly, flavor. It’s a shame this home-brewed award winner went the way of the dinosaur in 2001.…

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