Ring Neck Braun Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
Malty brown, pours brown with initial white foamy head. Some bitterness apparent, but well washed over with malt, making it easy drinkable but essentially another malt. Some chocolate malt. nothing really roasty came through, but did come to a fruit finish.
03-09-2008 01:42:18 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Bloody nut brown that is closer to dark russet when held up to the rectangle of overcast morning sky outside my front window. A generous escape of CO2 on crown cracking led to a large, airy, ecru colored cap that looks so-so as it deflates. Lace is also so-so.
The aroma is enjoyable and is becoming more enjoyable with each sniff. It features more cocoa-like aromas that toasted and earthy ones... which is precisely my preference when it comes to beer of this style. It's also fruity and baked nutty. Could this be the best Brau Brothers beer yet? Here's hoping.
The first mouthful says that, yes, this might be the brewery's best effort so far. It's also the first of the Single Batch Series, so maybe that has something to do with it. It would be even better beer with a more accomplished mouthfeel, but more on that later.
Boldness of flavor is not a problem. Ring Neck Braun definitely tastes bigger than your average English brown ale, although it isn't the 'double nut brown' that BB claims. The flavor profile includes toasted pecans, steely dark caramel, severely bruised Granny Smith apples and dates that have had most of their sugar removed.
24 IBUs doesn't seem like much, but it's enough to keep bitterness ahead of sweetness through the entire flavor arc. Good use of hop flavor as well. Since things are changing for the better as the beer warms, the taste score gets an upward bump.
My hope was that the mouthfeel would firm up and settle down with time. Thankfully, it has done both. What was initially too light and too buzzy is now light-medium and less buzzy.
Ring Neck Braun shows that Brau Brothers can brew good beer if they put their minds to it. Their standard lineup borders on awful at times, but this first offering in the Single Batch Series is something to celebrate. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the bottle.
06-29-2008 12:46:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small ring of bubbles.
Smell: Mild, chocolatey aroma with a hint of biscuit, caramel, nuts, and even some spearmint.
Taste: Caramel malts with some light hints of chocolate and nuts. Soft, earthy bitterness. Dry, minty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A pretty average, though drinkable brown ale.
12-30-2007 19:16:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
A - Poured out a golden brown color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left minimal lacing.
S - It smelled toasty with a biscuity malt aroma.
T - It tasted grassy and earthy with a biscuity malt backbone. Nice caramel and toffee flavors, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a nice English Brown Ale. A solid brew from Brau Brothers.
01-05-2012 03:27:35 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Brau Brothers Ring Neck Braun Ale, 12 ounce brown bottle.
Appearance: opaque, ruddy brown, small head.
Aroma: caramel & nuts, nice and malty, good and toasty.
Taste: medium-bodied, with flavor of nuts, and toffee. Dry finish. Grows in complexity through the life of the drink. Getting a deeper feel that reminds me of a Belgian dubbel...makes me wonder what the malts are. Hops seem to be on the way-down-low, but are around here somewhere.
Missing something, though, could use a little this, a little that, to make it memorable.
But quite good...As an autumnal seasonal, not bad at all...I can feel the warmth, already.
11-04-2007 04:44:58 | More by feloniousmonk
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.
Smell: Lots of dark fruit with some brown sugar and slightly sweet grain. Definitely a malt forward beer.
Taste: The taste doesn't live up to the smell if you ask me. The bitterness is a bit too strong and overpowers the sweeter notes. There is a slightly tart dark fruit note in the background.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a dry finish.
Overall: This one was a bit too bitter for me. Smells quite nice, but I don't think I'd look this way again if I want a brown.
10-08-2012 19:07:04 | More by oline73
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
A more sharp and robustly hopped brown ale.
Nice chestnut reddish brown in the glass. Head pours creamy and dissipates to a pleasant carbonation. Nutty flavors, a little murky but with more of an edge than malty mellowness. Hops are more forward than you'd expect. Quite well balanced. Some toasty notes and fairly aromatic in the nose.
A little thin but a good quaff. Malt comes through nicely as it warms.
10-28-2010 02:16:55 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks to morimech!
Pours light to medium brown with a thin tan head. Broken rings of lacing stick.
The smell is of toffee/caramel, raspberries, nuts and toast. Pretty complex - malty, nutty, fruity. Sweet with a sour edge.
The taste is of sweet maltiness - caramel, toffee, nuts - balanced by toasty bread and a tart raspberry fruitiness.
It has a smooth medium body with mild to moderate carbonation.
An interesting twist on an English-style Brown. According to label, Fuggles hops used - It is an English-style brown with a tart raspberry undertone and is higher in alcohol (that shows somewhat) than is typical. It's a creative take on a traditional style. Nice!
02-28-2010 17:20:06 | More by jwc215
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
Presentation: 12 fl oz (355 ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Orval goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. No best before date is listed. Acquired in December 2011, at a bottle store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My label describes the epithet as "The Ring Neck Braun Ale"; no ABV listed.
Expectations are average.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention (especially for the above average ABV). Colour is a dark brown (shocker!). Looks pretty good so far. The cream is laced. She's good and fluffy.
Sm: Nutty and creamy - just like a brown ale should smell. A moderate strength aroma. I'm excited to take a sip.
T: A nice creamy open with persisting undertones, and a nut tone beginning roughly from the midpoint through the 3rd act, stopped short by the cream on the finish. The nuts are a bit underdeveloped (insert phallic joke here) but the cream compensates. It's pretty well balanced in that regard, and built as it should be. It doesn't try anything bold and isn't experimental - but it doesn't need to (be). A nice little cream brown ale. Nothing wrong with that.
Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth, with enough wetness to refresh. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavour well.
Dr: Very drinkable and pleasant. Almost refreshing. I wouldn't mind trying this on nitro if it's available. The cream in particular is lovely. Hides its ABV well. Give her a spin, especially if you're fond of brown ales.
12-24-2011 02:09:06 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Many, many thanks to Chaz for this, seemingly in the same vain vein as tone77, both wanting me to keep my bottle numbers up while not abandoning The CANQuest (TM). No worries on either count, my brothers! I accept the bottle as brethren to the CAN and I am now shooting to broach the 500-500-500 club (bottle-CAN-draft, so inclusiveness is paramount.
From the bottle: "First brewed in the fall of 2006, RingNeck Ale was a stepping stone for Brau Bros. in terms of melding styles and pushing ingredients to produce unique flavors and aromas. This ale is nutty, with noticeable chocolate and raspberry. Moderate body and carbonation allow the malt to come through. Fuggle vines edge the southern face of the brewery's hop yard and make up the bulk of hop additions. The focus is on malt, however, with toasted oats and biscuit malt highlighting the bill."
Zounds! Yoi and double yoi! This sounds like a winner! I am the jagov that just blended Sam. Smith's Raspberry Ale with Bear Republic's Big Black Bear and here we are again with chocolate and raspberries. Holy double take, Batman!
My pour resulted in a finger of dense, medium-tan head with reasonable retention on a humid evening. Color was a deep garnet/ruby-red with NE-quality clarity. I am in love! Nose was VERY malty, more truth in advertising. The biscuit malt was definitely in the forefront, but with pecan undertones. I thought of Lazy Magnolia's Pecan Beer for a moment. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching creaminess, with the chocolate/raspberry flavors the immediate senses on the tongue, followed by a nuttiness that I had not achieved earlier. Wow! Not to be sexist, but this might have been the night to have CAPT Midnite (a counterperson at my local mini-mart who often gets to close at 0000) over for a drink. Man, but this was super sweet and certainly a dessert beer. Chicks seem to dig this sort of thing. Finish had a melange of nuttiness and raspberry, but the chocolate seemed to fade initially before making a reappearance on the extreme finish. Hoo! I may need some insulin after all of this sugar. It was wild and a perfect accompaniment to my earlier experiment, but I would not want a steady diet thereof.
06-01-2011 23:43:40 | More by woodychandler
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours a layer of beige tan head. Color is a clear copper brown.
Aroma: Toasted oats, nuts, caramel, toffee, and raspberries. A pleasant nose.
Taste: A big amount of toasted oats, followed by the similar flavors in the nose. Really nutty. Some chocolate. Ends a bit bland.
Mouthfeel: Toasty and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little charred and bland.
Overall, I liked the nose the best, but the taste and mouthfeel dropped off a bit. Very average.
05-30-2012 01:37:42 | More by mothman
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours with instant head that takes forever to settle. Hazy reddish brown color with a very dense 2 finger off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a ton of carbonation streaming up. This is probably infected. Aromas of huge apple skins, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, bread, light chocolate, and light herbal hops. Way over the top apple notes makes finding anything else difficult. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown sugar, light herbal hops, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of chocolate, biscuit, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of malty flavors with no cloying sweetness. Low noticeable infection traits in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall, despite the obvious infection, this was still a pretty tasty brown ale. Good balance of some pretty robust flavors, and quite easy to drink. I am sure this is a great beer without bugs in it.
06-25-2012 03:36:14 | More by superspak
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
My homie oakbluff hooked me up with this one, knows I have a soft spot for the brown ales. Thanks Scott!
Pours a cloudy red/orange/brown, nice colour, thick off white head forms, settles to a thick layer, leaves behind some decent lacing. Smell is neat, caramel, spices, bread, nuts, lots of sweet fruit, brown sugar, really neat. Taste is nice, caramel, very nutty, light bit of roast, bread, brown sugar, fruit and nuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable, nice flavour, great brown ale. Thanks Scotty!
02-10-2008 04:41:49 | More by Viggo
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
Clear auburn/scarlet red. Thin light brown head. Lacing is more than adequate. Really nice aroma. Kind of dusty, yet quite meaty as well. Thick with malts and nutty goodness. Flavor starts with nice maltiness. Very smooth. Nuttiness is quite prevalent throughout. This flavor has some substance to it. Hops provide balance. Finishes chalky with grain dust coming to mind. The mouthfeel is quite good. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Just enough carbonation. Very good ale. Very good all around.
10-26-2007 03:04:33 | More by Bighuge
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
12 oz bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Pours a dark crimson color with some clarity. Head fades fast and only leaves a few spots of lace.
Nose is a nice melange of roasty, chocolate and Rice Krispy-esque maltiness. Decent amount of fruit and bready yeast. Very good smelling beer.
Taste is pretty simplistic in its maltiness, but what is there is extremely deliciouss. Cocoa Kripies keep coming to mind as it is very smooth and chocolaty. I could easily sit down and drink 2 or 3 pints of this in a row, no problem. My first Brau Brothers beer has impressed, I look forward to trying some more!
04-09-2011 18:36:38 | More by twiggamortis420
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
Deep auburn brown with a dull glow moderately capped by a light tan foam. Lacing creeps around with some psotty stringyness and spots.
Aroma is well rounded with deeply sweet nuttyness, malted well with a light, delicate touch of dark fruity tang that seeps raisin and date, has some soft toasted bread, buttercream, and a hint to some nice dry grain husks.
Taste is super soild and yummy for a Brown ale. Great tone and length of nutty warmth and sweetness work together well with a light and soft mapley touch. Breathy vanilla hints, bready, butterey, bold, mildly tangy with a solid malt girth and weight behind it. Nuanced with a remarkably soft, nearly ghostly hint to dry grain husks and a bit of herbal hoppyness as it trails thru to the finish. Which is simple, but lasting.
Has a nice solid medium body with excellent length of malty flavors and mildly sweet tones that keep on giving a firmness of wholesome breadyness and low ended tangy sweetness. Most Browns are short on the tone factors and length of flavors provided. Ring Neck surpasses that and goes to whole nother level of boldness and weight thats just ample enough to give it its wonderful length yet lightly eager enough on the back end to allow for some superb drinking ease. Nearly Porter/Bock like in a number of manners but does keep to its overall Brown ale nature.
By far Brau Brothers finest offering. An American Brown ale(English?, not bloody likely) that is quite possibly one of the top Browns I've enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, in quite a long time. Right up there with New Glarus Fat Squirrel, Surly Bender, and Rogue Hazelnut.
06-14-2010 00:31:50 | More by tavernjef
4.58/5 rDev +20.5%
My first foray into this breweries beers was a slight disappointment. I'm excited to see if this single batch series effort is any different than the basics they offer. This is billed as a double nut brown ale.
Appearance: Nice looking bottle. Pours an impressive dark brown/maroon color....minimal head...
Smell: I like the aroma....big chocolate/caramel malt notes...some doppelbock like sticky sweetness is evident on the nose...rich and sweet smelling....VERY inviting....a mild yeasty note as well.
Taste: As expected (from the aroma) this features a boatload of sweet malt flavors...while this is certainly not a lager it does remind me flavor wise of a mild doppelbock....toffee...caramel...milk chocolate...even some dark fruits...
Mouthfeel: I do not know if they used oats in this but it sure feels velvety and creamy as if they did. Medium bodied....not an enormous beer but its big enough and the velvety texture really amps up the drinkability.
Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable beer. I was going to save the remaining two for another night but they are going down the hatch tonight. To me that is drinkability. When you can't wait to drink it again. My overall score may seem high but to me this is a dandy. I wish I could buy more. About the only drawback is the yeasty aroma I noted and which is evident in most of the beers I have tried....in this one it blends with things nicer and does not bother me as much as say in their Pilsner or Pale Ale...
10-23-2007 05:25:41 | More by ZAP
2.61/5 rDev -31.3%
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a burnt sienna brown color. Some tan froth.
(S)- A slightly smoky oatmeal and cocoa driven profile. Slight hint at a rustic nuttiness.
(T)- A bit of a honey and nutty sweetness to it overall.
(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Quite sweet overall with a mellow nuttiness.
(O)- A bit sweet, particularly for the english variety
05-06-2013 17:00:32 | More by sweemzander
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
A: Pours a nice dark nutty brown with amber tones showing through. Nice tall tan head that dies to a big bubbly ring. Nice chunks of spotty lace left behind as this one is consumed.
S: Wonderful sweet malt aromas. Bold brown sugar and caramel. Nuts and toffee. Mild chocolate as well.
T: Now this is not an extreme beer lovers dream, what it is though is a real nice brown ale. Wonderful brown sugar sweetness. Notes of chocolate malt with wonderful roast. Lots of almond and pecans.
M: Medium in body, smooth, almost creamy.
D: Wonderful, tasty and damn drinkable. Did not even know this brewer existed. It's a win for me, and I am usually not a fan of malty brews.
02-13-2010 19:39:20 | More by tpd975
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Clear, dark brown, with a thin finger of light khaki head. Rich, nutty, toasted malt on the nose, with rummy fruit, and hints of chocolate. Toasted grain and nutty malt flavors up front. Caramel and light chocolate mix with hazelnut and dark fruit. Hints of alcohol in a chocolaty, mildly bitter finish. Very nice. Medium-bodied with a smooth, evenly carbonated feel. A nice surprise and glad to find another great MN brew!
12-18-2007 02:24:01 | More by alexgash
4.53/5 rDev +19.2%
This beer pours a clear brown color with ruby hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is very strong. Caramel, nuts, toffee, a hint of butter. The taste is as bold as the aroma. Caramel and toffee round dominate the flavor, with a slight yeasty note that seems to be common to Brau Brothers beers. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with nice carbonation and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. I would drink this on a regular basis, and can only hope it is brewed again someday.
10-20-2007 16:45:16 | More by KarlHungus
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
12oz bottle poured into a chalice
Pours a dull brown with no head whatsoever. Some dots of lace strewn about. The aroma is mainly of toasted oak, biscuit malt and nuts. This is a malt bomb with subtle earthy notes from the fuggles. On the palate, the same notes come through only with some cocoa powder and berries. The feel is thin, light body, with mild carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. This is a tame take on the style, but good nonetheless. Nuts and toasted oak linger with a mild berry sweetness. This is definitely one I wouldn't turn away if given the opportunity, but not one I would seek out again.
01-06-2012 02:07:49 | More by ColForbinBC
Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.