Ring Neck Braun Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
A - Pours a nice dark ruby red with a brown hue, thumb of big bubbled head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.
S - Scent is dominated by bitter cocoa, hints of metallic raspberries and an espresso finish.
T - Classic brown ale, offering up more sweet milk chocoalte than the bitter cocoa, the finish provides hints of espresso and burnt toast, toasted almonds and buttery biscuits.
M - Medium, smooth and wet.
O - For a random single, this provided loads of flavour and was definitely fitting of the style. A true sessionable brown ale that packs a little extra ABV that goes completely undetected. Well worth a try, a tasty ale indeed.
10-08-2012 17:58:12 | More by andrenaline
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
I was surprised at how dark this poured out of the bottle. Head was minimal. Initial nose was malty, indicating that this wouldn't be some Newcastle knockoff. Indeed, this thing is full of delicious malt! It's well balanced with its hops and very drinkable. Th final.is just like the start - malty. All in all, a surprisingly good beer. Will bring a couple more six packs home when I'm in MN.
10-07-2012 23:05:48 | More by pgfault
4.58/5 rDev +20.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Really dark brown beer. Pour leaves a pretty thick head which dissipates relatively quickly into a thinner head, looks pretty good but definitely darker than I expected for a brown ale. Maybe that's my lack of experience with this style.
S: Smells exactly like chocolate ice cream. In fact, the only beer where I'm so sure of what I'm smelling is Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat/Fruity Pebbles. Lots of caramel/candy type flavors to it. I'm quite surprised at how sweet it smells and it's gotta be up there in terms of the best smelling beers I've encountered, even though it smells nothing like beer.
T: A nice warm taste of alcohol is immediately noticeable right up front. There are definitely chocolate-y flavors coming through too. Pretty earthy, woody tasting beer overall, I don't detect any fruit/citrus. Maybe almost a bit of grilled meat taste as well, but I could be imagining that. All of this gives way to a very mellow coffee taste that is quite pleasant. Aftertaste is mild and also quite pleasant.
M: Very smooth beer, just right amount of carbonation. Finish is almost creamy, like I'm drinking coffee or Kahlua.
O: I might have a new favorite beer. Very approachable dark beer. Something you could have at the end of dinner for dessert or in the afternoon sitting in the sun.
06-28-2012 03:00:44 | More by blingice
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
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.
Auburn body with a creamy beige collar and surface slick. Pasty lacing, average retention.
The aromatics bring the fruit flies running: tea biscuits, golden raisins, and a mild hop spiciness.
Powerful malt depth with chocolate covered raspberries, orange seeds, and a tangy spicy earthy finish. Mild bitterness offsets the sweet notes. Very good and surprisingly complex.
Smooth light bodied, creamy yet crisp.
Unique, well crafted example of the style.
06-07-2012 03:15:44 | More by augustgarage
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
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
A: Copper color with very little head the fell quick and felt no lacing behind.
S: Real nutty roasted note with a a very light chocolate and raspberry scent.
T: Very nutty malt as I expected. Nice sweetness comes through from the chocolate and raspberry to finish. Great flow.
M: Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth but had a little bit of crispness at the end.
O: Happy with this one! Great blend and nice new flavors, a good pour from Brau Bros.
02-10-2012 01:29:12 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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
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
Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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