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Ring Neck Braun Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chaz on 10-14-2007

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Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 87
Photo of Double06
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes: 2/13/11
12oz bottle poured into nonic pint.
Received: Generous extra in trade

A: Deep amber / light brown; Hints of mahogany around the edges; 1/4 inch very light tan head

S: Nutty; Maybe a little nutmeg or clove; Bready; Hints of vanilla

T: Solid brown ale; Nutty and sweet; Mellow drying finish; Hints of bread and vanilla again

M: Medium, lingering finish; not overpower or coating

D: Well done brown ale and well hidden ABV

Photo of jmcgnn
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Of all the Brau Brothers selections, this has been my favorite so far - sporting a bolder and more complex taste than some of their other bottled varieties.

The aroma invites, with a variety of flavors on the nose, from fruit-like (cherry?) to more bourbon-y and rich like caramel or coffee. The taste feels like there is more going on than most Browns - almost like a Triple.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very respectable 1 1/2 finger head. Perfectly clear with a really nice amber-brown color. Orange/ochre tones. Spotty lace.

S: Clovey, sweet malt. A little alcohol and a bready aroma.

T: Caramel, coffee, cocoa, raspberry...wow! This is a big brown ale with little downside. Alcohol is ever-present.

M: For the style, nearly perfect. Richness is balanced by carbonation level. Nice viscosity & texture.

D: Awesome. Could session in nearly any circumstance.

Photo of suretolose
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It is a dark amber color with a nice half inch of light tan head that last about 3 minutes.
Aroma is light with a caramel malt essence.
Taste is sweet caramel and chocolate with a hint of fruit. It has a long finish of sweet malt and chocolate.
Thin in the mouth, I would prefer it a little heavier.
A good beer.

Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to BJ for this great brew!!!!

A- Pours a nice deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a thin off white 1 finger head.

S- Nice roasted malts with a slight nuttiness and a hint of raspberries. Maybe some milk chocolate as well.

T- Not to much there. Roasted barley with a nice nutty background and a slight sweetness from the raspberries but not in your face. Also leaves a nice bitter chocolate hint in the finish. Surprising but good. Like you just ate a chocolate covered nut

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a pretty wet finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright copper body topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving no no lace and only a ring of cover (fitting).

S: Really interesting nose. Roasted nuts dominate with hints of raspberry (just like the label explains). Hop aroma is negligible.

T: Nutty malt backbone with just a hint of smoke and booze. Again, hop character is light, and aftertaste is light. The raspberry character comes out at the very end, a bit like a raspberry chocolate. Good flavor overall.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth overall, bordering on crisp.

D: Solid session choice, but not something I would concentrate on. Light body, crisp, clean flavor, and interesting flavor, but not something everyone will enjoy.

O: Brau Bros. consistently puts out quality product, but rarely transcendent. This one fits the mold.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with amber highlights. Head is initially thick and creamy, but quickly thins to a dense sheen.

Aroma is very nutty. Caramel malt and brown sugar sweetness.

Taste is exactly what the nose described. Nutty and earthy up front with a pleasant caramel malt base. Finishes with a touch of brown sugar, earthy hop, and woody cedar dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Malty and sweet, but the earthy and woody qualities bring some balance. Not bad.

Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty dark amber/brown with a thin off white head, mild lacing and minor retention.

The smell is very grainy and malty, lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate.

The balance is nice with a bit of toasted grain, hints of chocolate and toffee and a nice bit of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, a bit on the thin side though.

Easy to drink solid English Brown.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Had a really nice pour, nice tan head that lasted throughout the beer. Deep brown color was a little cloudy.

S: The beer smelled good, but nothing really "stuck out". Fruity, sweet, roasted, caramel, nutty, maybe even maple syrup were all present in the mixture. Nice balance.

T/M: The taste was equally well balanced with the flavor being the same as the smells listed above. Mouthfeel was good for a brown ale. Had some carbonation and went down decently smooth. The alcohol was well masked.

D: Yeah, it was not the greatest beer, but I found it hard to criticize. I don't think it was overly drinkable.

Photo of Misfit138
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Brown in color with a massive creamy tan head

S- Mostly a sweet sent of nuts, but mild

T- Sweet caramel, chocolate and hints of nuts with a roasty finish.

M- Medium bodied and mile carbonation

D- I like this. Pretty solid brown ale, so far best beer from the sampler.

Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the style, this is a really enjoyable beer.

A - nice coloring, nothing out of the ordinary.

S - again, nothing out of the ordinary. Biscuity malts are remindful of Fat Tire.

T - I taste the chocolate, I tasty the nutty flavor, I taste the raspberry, I taste the biscuity maltiness, but there's a nice little hop kick. A very drinkable beverage.

M - nice carbonation. Very smooth.

D - this beverage is one of my favorites. Normally the browns are fall beverages, but this one is good anytime of the year.

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jt31914
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Brown with little to no head or lacing. Not very carbonated.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas.

T: Taste is char flavor with coffee malts and a little oakish flavor. A bit watery on the finish.

D/M: Very drinkable with a nice bubbly mouthfeel.

Overall this is decent, drinkable, but mostly average.

Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown with a golden tint; a thin head that dissipates to a very thin film

S: Roasted grainy malts with a sweet candied sugar and caramel aroma; also a biscuity smell to complement the sweetness

T: Alcohol is prevalent; nutty and bready with a caramel undertone; surprisingly complex

F: Pretty good mouth feel--though carbonation seems a bit much

D: A nice offering from Brau Bros. Alcoholy but pleasant and nice for sipping

Photo of herman77
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light to medium brown with a bone white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly clear appearance, just a touch of sediment. No lacing.

S: Nutty and toffee malt. Big hints of chocolate.

T: Lots of carmel and chocolate. A hint of cherry/raspberry sweetness. Finishes very smooth with a subtle malt sweetness. Very malt forward, just a hint of bitterness near the end. A little too chocolaty and sugary/carmel sweet for my taste. It seems like the flavoring is too artificial.

M/D: Medium to lighter body, lighter carbonation, fairly smooth feel as it rolls around the tongue. Drinkability is not the greatest. I grow tired of this pretty quick. Too much fake chocolaty and fruity flavoring.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Very opaque, almost hazy. Head formation is light, just a film of mocha.

S - A combination of caramel and chocolate notes come through, with just a bit of cherry. Very malty sweet nose.

T - Starts off with the caramel and toffee sweet notes of a brown ale. Mid-stream gets a little bit bitter, but stays malt forward. No hopping detected. Some yeast comes through Finishes with a chocolately sweet note that is complemented by those same cherry notes detected in the smell. Perhaps some peat malt notes as well, similar to a scotch ale.

M - Moderate beer body, very light carbonation. Clinging and sticky to the palette.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. If the ABV is true, it is well hidden. Not filling. Flavors are not overwhelming.

Probably ties the Whirly Bird as my favorate Brau beer.

Photo of blackearth
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a dark reddish copper body with an off white head that caps the beer. Aroma of milk chocolate, toasted bread and nutty toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavors of chocolate covered dried cherries first greet you then transition to a smooth and sweet finish. Great drinkability.

Photo of CRichardsMN
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Pours a light amber orange with absolutely no head but a small amount of spotty lace.

Smell:
Very nutty and malty with hints of caramel, hops and alcohol. Nice nose made my mouth water.

Taste:
The nose did not disappoint me. There is a powerful combination of sweet malts, smooth caramel, bits of chocolate and a smooth grain and alcohol finish. Nicely balanced and very good.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and smooth / creamy with very light carbonation.

Drinkability:
This reminds me of a milder version of an American Strong Ale; all of the same notes with not as much intensity. Also, since the alcohol is much lower, I can enjoy them for longer. This is very good.

Comment:
I happened across this at a beer tasting event for 3M. I had never heard of the Brau Bros. and even at the end of the night (12 Breweries, 60 Labels - Many samples), this one stuck out as the clear best while the rest just faded together. I knew that I had to try this one again with a clear head and it turned out even better. For the price and the quality ($7.99 / 6 x 12oz), this is likely to become my fridge beer of choice. Who says you have to go all the way to England for a good nut brown?!

Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with a thin layer of suds that shrinks to a ring around the glass.

Earthy, sweet caramel malt dominates the nose. Kind of like Newcastle with some more earthiness.

Rich caramel malts fill the flavor. Hints of chocolate, oats and coffee peak out. Some muddy earth graininess is coming through as well. Toasted nut goodness.

Smooth and medium bodied. Nice satisfying feel all around.

Nice solid brown ale. Makes for a nice cool weather beer. If the earthiness was a bit toned down, this would be even better. I will have this again.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich, somewhat dark brown with an orange-red hue. Small off-white head forms with spotty lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Very nice malty smell overall.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt backbone of caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit and molasses. A nice nut flavor helps cut the sweetness which turns slightly drying at the end.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium smooth body, slight dry finish. Just a nice pub ale feel overall.

Drinkability: Both full flavored and easy drinking at the same time. Maybe the best English Brown Ale I have had.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark-ass "braun" color, with only a few highlights around the bottom. Opaque. Head is shy of tan but off-white, less than an inch, and sticky.

Nose is sour, with cocoa notes along with some fruitiness. Some toasted malt ideas are thrown around along with an ever-present over-ripe banana.

Lots of flavor in the mouth for the Braun Ale. There are nuts to be found, along with some caramel malt, a classic Brau Bros. metal edge, and the fruits that I found to be decomposing in the nose are still there.

I suppose that I should try this fresh, because it touts autumn hunting season in SW MN. The mouthfeel is firm, a little creamy but slightly harsh with carbonation. As of this bottle, I'm not impressed (yet again) with BBB, but I'm willing to accede that this is close to an interesting take on the English brown style.

Photo of climax
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is brewed for autumn and I sampled it in April, which didn't seem to hinder.

Poured a cloudy brown/red, not a lot of head on this one.

The nose was of strong over ripened fruit, especially raspberry with an alcohol tinge. It kept to the sweet/sourness that I've been used to getting from Brau Brothers. The malt came through bready, rye, walnuts and cocoa. It was interesting to smell as the flavors kept me guessing.

Flavor was good and bold. Initially the ripened fruit sweetness hit and was followed by darker flavors of cocoa, coffee, dark bread. Finish was roasted and sweet, long lasting and vivid.

Body and feel seemed a little lacking as it was somewhat watery (or smooth?), carbonation seemed low as well. A bit of a chalky finish, that was never very dry.

A good offering from Brau Brothers, It's full of flavor and smooth for a 6.8% ABV. A little more body may have been nice, but that's not to take away from a good beer.

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.