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Sweet Josie Brown Ale - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Sweet Josie Brown AleSweet Josie Brown Ale

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85
very good

430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 79 | 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

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Beer added by: atsprings on 05-07-2009

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Ratings: 430 | Reviews: 97
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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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 jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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 mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a deep amber with a light lacing of head. Nose offers caramel and nutty malts. Taste is caramel, then nutty, then...coffee? Yeah, I think that's what that was. This beer is medium bodied, smooth. Overall, this is a solid beer. Lonerider continues to impress.

Photo of Blargimus
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Best before 5/4/2012 - sorry, Sweet Josie. Received in a trade with heelsn02 - thanks!

Pours a reasonably dark brown, slightly hazy. Half a finger or so of head that fades almost immediately.

Hints of molasses and grains. No significant hop smell.

Predominantly malt and molasses on the tongue. Quite sweet, but with slight bitterness, and no real hops. Much better than I was expecting at this point in the freshness process.

Surprisingly thick mouthfeel- really coats the mouth. Medium-low carbonation.

Very solid brown ale. Sweet, but not cloying. I'd like to try this fresh.

Photo of bum732
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Toasty malt, subtle fruitiness, some nuttiness, hint of cocoa powder. Slight coffee as it warms.

L: Hazy dark red, floaties, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Very toasty malt with some nuttiness up front. Some cocoa sweetness following a medium-low bitterness. Finishes nutty with some cocoa powder, little bit of roast.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A really solid brown ale. When i think of a good brown ale, these are the flavors and aromas I think of.

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was light brown, reminiscent of a cognac, with a fast fleeting fizzy head.

The aroma was strong with barley, grain, bran and malt.

The flavors were earthy and organic, very natural, with a grainy barley taste and bran cereal.

The feel was rather thin, not necessarily watery, but easy enough. The body was very fizzy but the feel avoided any negatives from the carbonation.

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark mahagony color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, some nuts. Taste is malts, nutty, some hops, bready, a bit of caramel, very smooth. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid and enjoyable beer.

Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GABF Gold medal winner. I have friends that don't like "dark" beers, they taste Sweet Josie and LOVE it.

Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of cream-colored head that recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some roasted malt aromas at first with light cocoa scents. Then comes a warm, nutty scent with notes of pecans and peanuts. There is also a trace of citrusy hops in there as well.

T: Similar to the flavor, there are some slight roasted malt flavors at first with a touch of cocoa. Nutty flavors follow, again with notes of roasted pecans and peanuts. The finish has a light bitterness from the hops and roasted malts.

M: Medium body and carbonation, is slightly creamy but with a crisp finish.

O: Overall, one of the better regular brown ales out there. I'm admittedly not the biggest brown ale fan and find many of them to be plain, but this one is full of flavor and quite nice.

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours medium amber, in the glass it is a dark brown with a nice full head on top.

S: Sweet caramel, and freshly baked bread. Perhaps a slight licorice aroma as well.

T: Nice caramel sweetness, good roasted grain flavor as well as a little bit of a coffee flair. Sweetness is nice, with a decent amount of roasted character.

M: Medium in feel, the carbonation is possibly a touch high, but that might help lighten it a little. There is a lovely creaminess to it.

O: Overall I think this is a fairly outstanding brown, I'm not a huge brown fan, but this one might be changing that. I feel like a lot of browns are humdrum, and this one is interesting, and delicious.

Photo of pBRale
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown with virtually no head. This beer left absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Not much here that I am detecting. Some sweet malts and a hint of alcohol, perhaps.

Taste: Toasty malts, some hop bitterness also there, but the malts win out. The finish is somewhat bitter, however.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Not that appealing, and not as drinkable.

Overall: This beer was okay, but I probably wouldn't have it again any time soon unless there wasn't much selection.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Ryan for this one in NC

A- a dark opaque brown color. Red streaks of light through it as well. Minimal head and no lacing on the pint.

S- a french dark roast coffee smell with caramel malts that seem to complement the nose well. hints of cocoa as well, not chocolate but cocoa.

T- dark coffee with chocolate. It is a lil too complex and the flavors dont mix as well as i would like.

M- more carbonated than creamy. It is pretty thick bodied without the smoothness.

D- a decent brew and it would be worth a purchase no doubt. I am leary of the chocolate and coffee not complementing each other in flavor rather than nose.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.1% ABV, Best Before 07-17-2012

A - Sweet Josie pours a vintage burgundy color with ruby highlights and is topped by a creamy, ever-lasting pile of light khaki foam. Despite the fact my greasy nose accidentally touched the pile, this hasn't dissolved quickly at all. Thick lace clings to the glass pretty nicely.

S - Sweet indeed! Sweet Josie is malt-forward with a deep complexity of light roast from toasted whole-grain bread to dry cocoa to a mildly roasted coffee bean. Nutty undertones and discrete dark fruits compliment some faint earthy hops nicely.

T - The aroma certainly carries some roast character to it, but far less than I was expecting to encounter in the flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee grounds present themselves forcefully but remain balanced by sweetness and earthy hops so as not to become overbearing. Ever sip becomes more and more delicious, especially as vanilla notes enter as it warms!

M - Moderate carbonation cares not if it's overtaken by a robust, silky smooth body! With a lack of strong hopping, faint acrid bitterness really plays a key role in making sure this brown ale doesn't become too malty-sweet. Sexy, Sweet Josie finishes out with just a light lingering on the tongue, drawing you back for more.

O - Sweet Josie, offering a smooth, voluptuous body and excellent taste is one seductive brown ale, through and through. Roast notes push this beer towards porter borders while it's round sweetness and drinkability offers a nice balance. I'd kill for a few of these on a cool fall day!

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery in Raleigh NC into a plastic cup.

No head given or present, giving a minor collar with perhaps some tan color. Body is a cloudy chestnut brown, but when opened up to the sun it gives a great cloudy ruby red.

Nose is nutty like a classic American Brown, with some estery fruit sense. Roast bent seems kind of mild but still alright.

First comes that mild nut presence in the taste. Hits the mid palate pretty solid and obvious, but lots of clove also. Finish gives a big sense of roast character and there's just a hint of cream as well.

Overall a really good solid brown ale that these guys make.

Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, deep brown color with a thin, creamy off-white head. Nutty caramel malt and chocolate aroma...hint of maple and brown sugar. Sweet cocoa and caramel malty flavor with a touch of earthy hops in the finish. Pretty well balanced, though not as smooth as I'd like. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, and a bit drying. A well made, standard brown ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a really interesting beer and not at all what i was expecting when it was first poured. a eep, dark brown color with some light reddish highlights that popped up on the sides of the glass. huge foamy head of off white came up and covered the top of the glass at least three fingers deep. lots of lacing left down the sides of the glass.

aroma is light roasted nuts, caramel, touches of light grains and a bit of spice. this was especially noticed in the flavor which had a light cocoa touch but was punctuated by a touch of rye?? something that tickled the taste buds in an odd sort of way, but it seemed to work. tons of carbonation here, a bit too much for me given the style, but still it was nice enough to be very drinkable.

overall it was pretty damn solid and an easy to drink brown ale on a hot day.

Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a nice fluffy textured head. Lot's of sticky lacing lines the sides of the glass as it empties. Interesting aroma. Toasted malts, mixed nuts and a hint of pine trees. Wow this is good. Think caramel biscuits with some bite. I'm pretty sure it's the hops that is giving it the bite but I can't quite place the flavor. It's kind of an earthy spicy hop. This is really good and my review doesn't give it justice. Good crisp mouthfeel and very quaffable. I'm very impressed with the 2 beers I've had from Lonerider and look forward to trying more.

Photo of marshmarsh
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Libby Porter/Stout glass

a - pours black with slight amber tint, no head at all, small amount of lacing around edge.

s - chocolate and caramel with coffee hints

t - starts smooth and sweet, like a milk chocolate bar, but not much flavor. Hint of spice. Finish is a little smoky. Not very bitter at all.

m - kind of watery, I'm wondering if something was wrong with this bottle

o - Definitely a great idea, it just needs more character and body. If I find after opening another bottle that this one was faulty, I'll re-review.

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, deep brown in color with a pretty average head, off-white with some light retention

s: brown malt with a slight roasted edge, some brown sugar and a little cocoa, earthy hops, mild toffee

m: carbonation moderate, body just around medium

t: nice set of brown malt flavors, a little nutty with a dusting of cocoa, slightly sweet with a balancing of earthy hops, plenty of malt flavor to satisfy, nice

d: a good american brown, pint taken easily

draft at Tap City, Raleigh

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.