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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: 2.5

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Dry roasted chocolate splurge levels off for dirty-grained earthen bitterness as hazelnut, cola nut, butternut, and walnut illusions float around dulled lactose continuance. Creaminess lacks resilience while undesired diacetyl astringency swells.…

Rating: 4

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While not as indelible as Sam Smith’s Nut Brown, up-front hazelnut prudence, roasted barleymalt resonation, caramel cadence, and plum wine illusion lather creamy liqueur finish. Crisp Northwest water briskness absorbs exhilarating complexities.…

Rating: 5

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Supreme chestnut-hued tawny-headed velvet-smooth ale benefits from chalky mocha dryness and toasted chocolate malts. Pronounced smokiness bolstered by blitzing roasted hop fizz, burnt caramel nuttiness, and coarse oatmeal grit. Moderately creamy with temptingly chewy chocolate nougat finish.…

Rating: 2.5

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Slim maple palate sustains lackluster foamy-headed dark amber. Lighter and less efficient than stiff stylistic competition, this watery brew would benefit greatly from increased up-front nuttiness and better overall distinction.…

Rating: 3

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One of the smoothest nut browns marketed, yet dank and dry sans advertised nuttiness. Too light and watery for distinguished tastes. Brewery defunct: 2002.…

Rating: 3.5

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Ruggedly coarse ruby-marooned tan-headed English-styled full body pushes milk chocolate-y hazelnut sugaring above roasted barley-hop clip, tenuous coffee ground slip, and coarse walnut snip. Dry cocoa finish picks up meager cola nut, tea leaf, and peat illusions.…

Rating: 3

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Chestnut-hued ale matches sedate sour nuttiness to burnt coffee template, but astringent acidity knocks back caramel-cocoa influence and tamped-down hop sop. Brewery defunct: 2006.…

Rating: 3

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Enjoyable light-bodied dark ale furnishes sweet cashew-hazelnut roast and bittersweet black chocolate blast with slim orange-grapefruit bittering. Soft vanilla cadence and mild chicory nuance suit nutty finish well. Updated 2013 version (with generic label) afforded creamier mocha essence, richer caramel-burnt molasses penetration and deeper nut-charred hop roast.…

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