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Sweet Josie Brown Ale - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale
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86
very good

383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 05-07-2009)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

I see where they attempted a printed on "best before" date, but, unfortunately, it's smudged off. A teeny bit of lacing present.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a medium-small, soft-looking, light beige head.

Smell: Deep toast, roast, oven-roasted nuts with chocolate and touches of molasses and blackened caramel. Quite malty. Only offset by some slight, fruity esters.

Taste: You've got your roast, your heavy toast, your charred nuts, and your chocolate powder, with accents of burnt caramel and molasses. It's a brown ale. Lightly estery. Moderately sweet. A little hop flavor beyond the malts, with a little bitterness showing that plays well with the nuttiness and roasty tones. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Easy drinking, (dark side of) malty brown ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sticks and Sones in Greensboro.Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass a deep roasted chesnut brown with some ruby tinge,a 1/2 finger beige colored head atop.Aromas were a little light with chocolate malts mainly sticking out with light roastiness as well.Well rounded on the palate with sweetish chocolate and a hint of brown sugar,firm graininess and light earth in the finish to keep it balanced.A pretty rich tasting brown,one of the better browns I have had in a while I gotta say.

Photo of CourtTN
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Guden
2.76/5  rDev -27%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of avitallo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this as an extra in a trade from kflack. thanks man!

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a snifter. best before 06.02.2011

pours out a very dark brown with a lot of rubiness in the light. one finger of a creamy, fluffy off white/ light tan colored head that slowly faded to a retentive creamy layer. some good sticky lace on the sides of the glass. i also noticed some sediment towards the end.

not a huge aroma. metallic and caramelized toasted grains at the forefront. behind that theres some light cocoa, very light roasty notes, slightly herbal, and a bit fruity.

slightly metallic toasted, lightly roasted malts, bits of cocoa and coffee, fruits, herbal leafy hops on the backend with just a little bitterness. finishes like a munich lager with a slight mineral taste.

a bit watery and a lighter mouthfeel than i might have expected. moderate carbonation. feels a bit like a lager.

it drinks easy, i could see sessioning this, but its prolly not something i would buy.

overall: an average brown ale, nothing offensive and easy drinking. im glad i got the chance to try it.

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown ale, dark, thin head. Looked seductive, maybe it was the label! Cool lil Clint Eastwood silhouette (sic) on the cap. Aroma was of slow roast.

Taste, slightly hoppy for a brown ale, smooth mouthfeel, miniscule wood notes, just barely a chocolate, cocoa and sweet presence to it as well. Everything nuanced in a brown ale for the most part. You know the line, easy drinking, mild, sessionable.

Not a bad beer at all. Nice extra to throw in thanks, dsc I believe?

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before 11 Dec. 2012 served in a snifter

An unusually dark ale, for style, with the corresponding flavor: i.e., darker roast malt with hints of chocolate and smoke. Sweet and bitter in near equal proportion. Nice, lasting aftertaste of dark malt with a bit of spicy hops. The small beige head is short-lived and leaves only spotty lacing.

M: medium body and carbonation; slightly dry finish.

Overall: A well-crafted brown ale that leans towards an American porter.

(lightly revised upon tasting on tap in June 2013)

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Josie is a deep wooden brown ale that is just a few shades away from stout territory. The head is thin and the color of over milked coffee but doesn't last much past the pour.

The nose is faint for a brown but has some great stout like characteristics. Things like chocolate and coffee are there minimally as are some roasted grains but everything seems to be wrapped in plastic.

The taste on the other hand is all about those malt flavors and there are plenty to go around. Bittersweet chocolate is the foundation of this brew and filling in the gaps are all the roasted grain in between. The flavor is a touch muted but I have to keep reminding myself that this isn't a stout but a very full brown ale.

Mouthfeel is decent in this one. Nothing special but there is a nice pinch of hops and a light carbonation that I keep thinking should be bigger. Smooth and slick with a malt finish that seems to cover your teeth long after its gone. A tasty beverage with more flavor then I was expecting. Good for those who like the dark beers and well worth checking out. I'd buy again in a minute.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dark brown but, yes, it does let some light into its thickness, though there's no opacity. Even from the look it's easy to tell this is a dark beer that's not particularly heavy, which is appropriate. The head, light brown in color, reaches one finger and leaves a stable, compact quarter of a finger that shows some stick initially before ceasing to cling to the glass.
The nose displays a malt backbone, but it takes some effort to draw out specific aromas. The effort I give presents me with a nice nuttiness and some cocoa primarily, with no char or bitterness to speak of and quite a light roast. A light caramel-like sweetness is detectable too.
The flavor presents itself for strongly, with an interesting element somewhat difficult to identify foremost on the palate. It's sort of a spicy earthiness. This does have a generous hops bitterness to it for a brown. Chocolaty sweetness balances it out, the nuttiness follows through, and roast is more pronounced than in the smell.
Carbonation is moderate and makes for a creamy feel off a light crispness. It develops the feel of an English brown to a point with a sort of metallic aspect and a little bit of chalkiness into the finish. It's nice to see a sturdy body in a style that sometimes neglects it.

Photo of CoalPorter
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery tasting room, in a clear plastic cup.

A - Deep chocolate brown color, kind of a shoe polish brown, but fairly translucent for all that, no head to speak of despite being on tap (blame the cup or the pour)

S - very sweet, subtle chocolate malt aroma and some candy-sugar notes as well

T - Sweet malt balanced by a bit of hop bitterness, coffee and chocolate undertones, pleasant overall

M - medium body overall but it felt over carbonated, too fizzy on the palate

D - This was a drinkable brown, but not as good for me as Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog, or Brooklyn Brown

Photo of mrbigpappa
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Woodrow for this one!

A: Pours a rather dark brown with a one finger off-white head on top. Decent retention with thin lacing all the way around.

S: A nice mixture of cocoa, nuts, and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some cocoa powder, a hint of coffee and nuts. There is a slight toasted bread flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A very solid brown ale, no problems with it at all. Not overly complex or crazy, but very solid.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.