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Pig's Ear Brown Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

Pig's Ear Brown AlePig's Ear Brown Ale

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Medium bodied with a balance of roasted and crystal malts creating a hearty nutty flavor. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet finish.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-02-2002)
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Photo of jeremy2027


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1. Poured from bottle to nonic style glass.

2. Dark mahogany one finger head with nice lacing through out the glass.

3. Smells of caramel and molasses.

4. Smooth little to no bitterness. Tastes of caramel malt and maybe a slight (very slight) hint of vanilla.

5. Low carbonation, and typical mouthfeel for a good brown ale.

6. I wish I could get this locally, I would defiantly put it in the rotation of session beers. Got this from a friend that is in a beer of the month club. Great offering...

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:28:54 | More by jeremy2027
Photo of zrab11


3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown with 1 finger tan head

S- Smells of roasted coffee beans and some syrup

T- Starts off sweet and then has more syrup in the middle then finishes with a roasted brown coffee taste

M-Light to medium bodied

D-0verall this was just ok. Had alittle too much sweetness and not much going on in this brown ale. Was hoping for alittle bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:17:30 | More by zrab11
Photo of bcostner1


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of a "beer of the season club" and I was excited to get it since I've had Woodstock's Autumn Brew before and really enjoyed it a lot!

A: Looks pretty much like a brown ale should look. Copperish brown color, 1-2 fingers of head. Just what I'd expect from a brown ale (although not particularly dark).

S: Hints of nutty/hazelnut aroma, mild sweetness, mild hops. No coffee, no chocolate. Subtle vanilla?

T: Much like the nose, hints of nuttiness and, as it warms, honestly a little vanilla (which kind of surprises me but I like it). A little on the sweeter side for a brown ale. Some roasty undertones, particularly when cold.

M: Not too thick, not too thin. Just about right. Very drinkable. At and ABV of about 4.3, I could have a few of these no problem.

All in all, a solid brown ale. I particularly enjoy the vanilla undertones mentioned above.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:58:20 | More by bcostner1
Photo of OldRaysputin

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour from bottle into pint

A: This brew pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Huge head that sits and sits.
S: Love this big roasted malt aroma coming off of this. Very nutty and caramel.
T: Get those toasty malts up front. And even a little bitterness on the back end here which i wasn't expecting. Other than that i guess i was expecting some deeper notes of, maybe a little heavier caramel. A little soft for as bold as the smell was
M/D: Good on the palate and quite drinkable. Id have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 17:38:51 | More by OldRaysputin
Photo of Guden


3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/ruby in the light with a small quickly fading off white head.

S- A light toastiness and caramel with a hint of light beer like aroma which seems out of place.

T- Light. Hints of toastiness but not much else. Nothing bad, but I'm stretching to taste much. For a beer as dark as this I would have expected more chocolate or coffee notes, but none are found here.

M- Feels just right for the style, medium-high in body with moderate carbonation.

D- Nothing too bad but nothing too exciting. Could certainly have a few more but with better beers in this world why bother.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:06:35 | More by Guden
Photo of cbutova


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red/brown base with a two-finger light tan head which has a creamy texture. The retention is decent. Nice web of lace down the glass.

S- Mostly a base of slightly roast, nutty caramel malt. Some dark fruit present as well as some brown sugar.

T- Nutty malt in the forefront for me followed by a backdrop of roast, caramel and dark fruit, raisin flavors. Just a bit of earthy/floral hints and some brown sugar/maple as well.

MF- Silky body with a nice amount of substance to it, it drinks smoothly. Carbonation is appropriate followed by just a small bitterness.

DB- Solid brown ale for sure, full of flavor and easy to drink. Maybe just a tad bit too nutty for me but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:21:39 | More by cbutova
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a one finger light tan head, little retention and light lacing.

Aroma was weak with slight sweet chocolate, hint of hops and a slight breadiness.

Taste of malt slightly roasted, chocolate, hint of hops and some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel was creamy, light body with light carbonation and slightly earthy.

This is an average brown ale, enjoyable but not one that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 15:53:40 | More by dtivp
Photo of madjr80


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from the straight from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. The color was medium brown with small white laced head. It did not have the greatest head retention, but not the worst by any means. The aroma was a faint maple/bread with very little hop character. The taste was decent, but nothing super. There is a bit of a nutty breadlike taste that lingers on the way down. This beer has high drinkability because it is very smooth. If you like nut brown ales, then it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 19:22:47 | More by madjr80
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer comes out an almond maple reddish/brown. There is a tan head with some slightly better than average lacing. Very good clarity.

Smell is good, but it was quite an annoying process. Eventually there was a nice blend. Dark malts, caramel, butterscotch and a hint of smoke. It seemed to take forever for this beer to have any strength though. I had to leave the beer alone for a bout 35 minutes before I could even smell anything. I've had this beer several times on tap before and never had this problem, don't know what the issue is with the bottle, but it's happened both times so far. I'd give it a higher rating if it wasn't so frustrating.

The taste is good. Sweet and slightly smokey. The malts produce a butter, caramel, chocolate, and butterscotch blend. There is also a hop presence, not strong but detectable, a bit earthy.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part. Full bodied, rich and smooth. Carbonation level is well done. Very drinkable, depends on how you want to drink it though. This beer is worth a couple of chances, but I like it on tap better so far. As for the bottle I'd save it for Fall or Winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:06:03 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of wikk3d


4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown with a foamy brown head that settles into a very thin layer. Very dark, but still see through.

Aroma - Malty with a hint of sweetness, very underlying chocolate. Doesn't give really a presence of a strong alcohol content, which this beer doesn't have. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Brown Ale.

Taste - Sweet full bodied taste, definite hint of dark chocolate. Really the only place where there's any bitterness. Creamy feel. Doesn't leave a lot to the imagination. Very solid beer that's extremely smooth. Very little aftertaste.

Mouth - Extremely creamy beer that leaves little to no strong overpowering aftertaste.

Drinkability - Can pound down a few of these in a single sitting. It's a full bodied beer that is not too filling. Had a few of these samples at the ACBF, one of my favorite Brown Ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:47:45 | More by wikk3d
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into pint glass at a restaurant/bar near the hotel near the Manchester airport in NH.

A: Pours dark brown with a one finger light tan head and nice lacing

S: Smells syrupy and roasty.

T: Lightly sweet, somewhat syrupy, roasty, brown.

M: Creamy, light, with tight carbonation.

D: Pretty decent. Definitely nice when it's colder. It gets better more into the glass, more flavorful.

I really enjoyed this, and I was very excited to have had a beer that I couldn't get down here while I was up there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 19:56:10 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
Photo of Carlton1964

New York

4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think syrupy body with a slight nutty hint. NO dry effects on pallet. Color was a nice medium brown. No a lot of head though. Very pleasant and had me wanting a second helping. Anxious to try more from the folks at Woodstock Inn. I'm kind od a bock guy and I really enjoyed this. Worth a try. Bet it's better on tap too!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:46:41 | More by Carlton1964
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a sixer on the recent Vermont trip. Has "Best enjoyed before" dating notched on the side of the label. Pours a typical brown ale hue, darker mocha head, that stays for a spell then drops to near nothing, just a thin collar over a near still. dull looking brawl. Bready nose, brash chocolaty flavor notes mixed in with a faint jammy note. Eh, not the greatest brown ale out there. On the unrefined side and a wee bit thin mouth feel wise. Will work fine as part of a marinade for chicken or pork, as I've found just about any brown ale will.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:30:08 | More by Billolick
Photo of B967ierhunter177


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pig's Ear pours a clear brown with a brilliant ruby red showing through in the light. It's topped with a tan, fleeting head. The aroma is mainly molasses with some vanilla and biscuit notes. The flavor again starts as molasses but is well balanced with hints of anise and grain coming through. This beer has a medium mouthfeel over the palate but it's only knock is the high carbonation. It's not a session beer but try one or two with Cooper Sharp cheese. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 13:14:04 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a variety 12-pack on sale for $10 at Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. Best by date of Sep 2010 stamped on the label. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

Dark brown brew reveals red highlights against a bright light. 3/4" of dense tan head settles slowly to 1/4", sticks around quite well, generates some lace. Thick syrupy sweet smell, toffee, a bit of fake fruitiness. Taste is a bit like burnt toast and nuts, a muddy smoky bite in the finish. Lackluster, meh. Has the mouthfeel and tacky sweetness of mediocre extract-based homebrew. Reminds me of every disappointing house brew I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:27:15 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Tasted this already on tap, which is usually too cold. At home from the bottle this malty dark brown brew recalled Belgian dubbels in the slightly sweet malt and a touch of smokiness that was really quite excellent. Very nice session beer, gets better as you drink more.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 23:34:13 | More by kenito799
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into pint glass a chestnut brown color and clear with a one-finger light-tan head.

S: Caramel, raisins, roasted malt, hazelnuts, weak coffee, and a light citrus hop aroma.

T: Nutty roastedness, caramel, molasses, toffee, with some roasted grains and tart citrus hops for balance. Metallic in the finish.

M: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

D: This is a good brown ale and I would drink one or two but not buy a case of this beer. The metallic taste in the finish is not desirable and leaves room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 00:21:43 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of mavbrew


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with hints of amber when viewed in light and a finger thick head.

S: Not much smell present, definitely some caramel and some nutty malts.

T: A sour taste up front, followed by a caramel malty taste.

M: Lighter medium bodied brew, slight carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, similar to Newcastle....a good example of an English brown ale. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:42:24 | More by mavbrew
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed before June 2010.

Poured into a pint glass. Brown, ruby color with an off-white head. Some decent lacing.

The aroma is a bit nutty, some fruit, herbal notes and brown malt.

Mild to somewhat sweet malts mixed with light fruits displaying a slightly sour tinge that is almost citrus like. Nuttiness is apparent as well.

Mouthfeel and body are good. Especially for a low ABV beer. Carbonation is prickly, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability is also good. This brown ale goes down easy and at 4.3% ABV you can definitely have a few of these.

Overall, this is a solid offering from Woodstock Inn. Follows the style well and has a decent amount of flavor. Nothing really stands out, but I'm having no problem finishing my glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:37:53 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, revealing modest white head over a clear chestnut brown body. Decent lacing. Smells a little sour and a little malty, caramel, so basically like a standard brown ale.

Tastes a bit sour at first, then rounded out by a nice nutty malt flavor and slight bitterness. Nothing overly-complex here. Carbonation is swift and tingly, numbingly-sized, but gives way to an otherwise light body and easy drinkability. It's sweet, but just enough to keep it from getting too dry.

All in all a standard English brown. If I saw it at a party, I'd go for it over its macro twins.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:32:39 | More by abuliarose
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dark brown with a large, frothy beige head. Looks like a mug of root beer. Great retention and lace.

Smells of light crystal and Nestle Quick powder with a nutty influence. Couldn't smell too much actually because the ski lodge I'm staying at reeks of puke so we lit nag champa incense all over the house so everything smells like Umass Amherst.

Nutty, sweet, with a little chocolate. Subtle woody hop in back. Standard brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 20:42:33 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Jayli


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/11

A: This beer pours thin looking dark brown with some amber hues around the edges. A two finger of creamy off white head caps this brew and leaves thin spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of caramel malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit.

T: Taste starts off with caramel malts, and a hint of toffee, middle moves in to a bit of grain and roasted malts, a touch of nuttiness and chocolate. Finish has a hint of fruitiness and a bit of a hop balance.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth and crisp.

D: This isn't a wow in your face kind of beer, not many browns are, however it is rather tasty and well balanced and easily a beer to sit with for a session or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 16:03:50 | More by Jayli
Photo of BrewMasterG

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown, mostly clear with some slight murkiness.

Smell: Nutty and toasty - a bit like Newcastle without the sweet smell.

Taste: Nice, nice, nice. A classic brown ale, Americanized. Not bitter, not sweet.

Mouthfeel: Typicaly dry, moderate carbonation - a bit higher than the Brits would have.

Serving type: 64oz growler, and on tap at Woodstock Inn.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 00:23:23 | More by BrewMasterG
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, some ruby present. One inch of off-white, tan-ish foam. It is a nice looking beer, and is certainly on the darker end of the English Brown Ale spectrum.

S: Sweet malts, some earthy hops. Not much going on here, but it is in keeping with the style.

T: It opens up with a definite malty sweetness, and perhaps a taste of watered-down molasses mid-palate. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, a bit more so than this style typically employs, but nothing over the top.

M: Watery. Far too watery, even for this style.

D: EBAs have been, and always will be, session beers. This one is no exception.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 13:49:42 | More by Boppar
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Friend brought a mixed sixer of Woodstock brews over the other night. This one was his favorite. It's pretty much a standard English brown. Fairly high carbonation might mask some of the flavor, which is mostly toffee malt with a touch of nuttiness. Mild hop presence. It's alright, but a little dull.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 20:07:30 | More by soupyman10
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