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Mighty Brown (471 Series) - Breckenridge Brewery

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Mighty Brown (471 Series)Mighty Brown (471 Series)

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2006)
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a one-finger beige head of small compact bubbles which dissipated quickly. Intense lattice-like lacing coating every inch of the glass when sipped.

S – Smells exactly like a Tootsie Roll. Cocoa, Dextrin and malt.

T – Taste matches the smell, with strong sweet cocoa and milk chocolate being the predominant flavors. Dextrin sweetness. Tastes like a Tootsie Roll beer. No hop presence detectable. Finishes slightly astringent/metallic which is a minor flaw in an otherwise tasty brew. Slight alcohol esters as it warms.

M – Full chewy body. Creamy/milky. Minimal carbonation. Hangs kind of heavy on the tongue. Slightly syrupy.

O – I enjoyed this. Not terribly complex; sort of a one-note wonder, but it’s a really nice note. Not something I’d want every week, but good every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:07:02 | More by TempeBeerMan
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love their 471 IPA, but then again I'm a hop head. This one is average.
Pours a medium dark chestnut with a very thin head. Some lacing but overall it seems slick.

Nice aroma of nut, caramel, some roasted malts and vanilla. Straightforward, nothing simple or complex.

Flavors are all in the nose, except for an alcohol-fingernail polish remover finish. Acidic in the end. Not strong, but enough to notice and to downgrade the rating. Makes it feel boozy and not as drinkable as otherwise would have been.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:57:12 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a nice dark brown color with some light red highlights to it. A big off-white head forms with the pour.

S: Nice and malty with plenty of toffee and nutty character on the nose. Perhaps a hint of chocolate and caramel, too.

T: Nuts and toffee right up front with maybe just a hint of acidity for some unknown reason. Perhaps it's the subtle fruit flavors I detect. In any case, fairly sweet and malt forward, like a brown ale should be.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation to the beer.

D: A pretty nice beer overall. Good flavor and aroma profiles, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:23:28 | More by womencantsail
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color, almost like a Coca-Cola. It had a small, tan head of bubbly foam that left behind patchy lace.

S - Malt sweetness with some nutty character greets your nose. Some toffee and mild floral notes upon further examination.

T - This brown is malty sweet and a little boozy. The hops are muted and can't stand up to the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting brown ale - very sweet and malty with a moderate alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:56:08 | More by zeff80
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4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mighty brown. small batch series.

pours out of the 22oz. bottle an opaque brown. some orange highlights. thinnish tan head leaving some clinging lace. big nutty aroma...lots of yeasty root beer like hints with some anise. mighty brown strikes the tongue with sweet boozy notes of malted milk balls....a bit like baileys and cream with hints of raspberry. some bright west coast hoppiness kisses the edges of sweetness and provide a subtle bitterness. lots going on in the taste profile. very tasty. soft and velvety mouthfeel provides some nice texture. curvaceous, supple body. great drinkability.

almost as good as the ESB. another delicious small batch series beer that is highly recommended. yummy!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 23:29:47 | More by budgood1
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North Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2-4-2010:

Appearance: near-black brown with burnt-red to blood-red highlights with thick head dissipating quickly to a thin cream-colored layer of foam.

Smell: Lots of chocolates, caramels, some dark fruits, coffee, toffee, and a little vanilla.

Taste: Starts chocolatey with caramels and finishes with dark fruits, raisins for me.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but bit of carbonation keeps it from getting too heavy.

Drinkability: Must be fairly good, I kept reaching for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 18:14:11 | More by Wutz
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SAMPLED ON 11/22/2009

The appearance on this one was pretty appealling. Poured a very deep brown mahoghany in color, w/ a thin creamy tan head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing hung and remained on the glass. The nose was of strong vanilla followed by light caramel, burnt toffee, anise, and coffee. In the taste the coffee reared it's head the most w/ notes of caramel and burnt toffee in the background, and w/ only the slightest hop bite on the finish - really all about the malts. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth w/ adequate carbonation. Drinkability is great, I polished off a 22oz. bomber of this brew w/ ease and could not even taste the 7.5% ABV, and that is saying alot because I am not a big drinker.

Overall, a very nice offering from Breckenridge. A good pumped up interpretation of the style. Would visit again surely, but will probably not have another chance to w/ this brew being a once off from a brewery not in the east coast market.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:24:16 | More by mikeyv35
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2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is malty, sweet, rich, with a toasty caramel finish. Hop auroma is slight, predominantly spicy. Some fruity esters, mainly apple. Little to no diacetyl preceptable.

Appearance is very dark brown. Head is thick at pour and diminishes into a thin lace.

Flavor is intensely malty with caramel flavor. Hop bitterness also intense bordering on sourness of green apples, maybe astringent. The finish is slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with powerful alcohol warmth.

My overall impression, every aspect of the classic brown ale is taken to an extreem which produces a strongly flavored brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:22:40 | More by Brewsta
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4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and then some more dark. Poured with a bit of head but it goes down to almost none. Perhaps it was too cold.

S: Smells like a brown but there are some definite coffee hints in there. It almost smells like a porter. Very good.

T: Wow! Some malt hits you as well as the chocolate tones. Dark chocolate really that mixes nicely with the maltiness. Mmmm. There is a bit of bitterness in there too. But wow, the chocolate flavors out of this are awesome! This is probably the best brown I've ever had. I'll be sad when I can't buy this one anymore.

M: Creamy, silky, with a bit of bitter almost cola like feel all at the same time. Awesome!

D: this one is a sipper obviously from the high ABV but I could sip on this all night long. I might have to buy a few of these to get me through winter!

Overall: If you can find this buy it. Well worth a try! This is one of the better beers I've had lately.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:13:00 | More by BrewIndy
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown color, with a one-finger, creamy looking head. The smell is malty sweet with a touch of earthy hops to finish. The taste is more complex than I would have guessed from the nose; hints of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and only a slight warming sensation from the moderate alcohol content. The mouthfeel is full bodied and has a low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, a definite winner. If you can find this one, pick it up before it's gone forever!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 02:22:59 | More by gmfessen
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a really dark cola color with hardly any head, its smell is a really sweet and malty

taste is sweet like the taste, hardly any hop flavor to it, but lots of sweet malt and some mild caramel accents. while it is a bit on the stronger side, it isn't really obvious in the taste.

it says that this beer is retired, sucks its a pretty good beer

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 01:07:47 | More by 1fastz28
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a wine style (Ommegang) glass.

Appearance- Very dark, downright black. Pretty large amount of carbonation for a brown ale. Thick head with very nice lacing. Large bubbles interwoven with tiny bubbles that ring the glass.

Smell- Molasses, Honey, prunes, Fig, the honey flavor lingers the most. It actually smells a bit like Sam Adams Honey Porter, but not so extreme on the sweetness.

Taste- Slight burnt flavor, very thick flavor, clearly a lot of malts used on this one. If I had to wager a guess, I would say 80L, some non-malted barly, and maybe something lighter. Rich honey and dark fruit flavors in with the spice of hops. Carbonation in this beer is just lovely.

Mouthfeel- Thick and yet still very light on the tongue. Slight alcohol burn at the end. the 7.5%ABV creeps up on you. I could have this on tap not knowing the strength and unwisely put quite a few away.

Drinkability- Very, deceptively delicious. This is a very nice brown. Not my favourite of all time, but I could drink this for quite a while. Too bad it was a limited engagement.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 01:41:37 | More by blakesell
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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a brandy snifter, this forms a small soapy looking one finger head surrounded by a fat collar. The brew is dark chocolate brown / black and a swirl brings up s full finger of foam that disappears quickly and leaves a decent amount of wet lace on the glass.

S - Dark and milk chocolate with roasted almonds and cashews. Dark roast coffee with a whiff of alcohol (like my Irish grandma's morning coffee!) Black bitter coffee and a hint of leafy hops. Seems like a porter-light to me.

T - Rich chocolate malt with some deeply nutty flavors. Count Chocula marshmallows and bitter dark chocolate (baker's chocolate?) Chocolate coated coffee bean candy, toffee, and peanut brittle. Some leafy hops and alcohol flavors are there too, but the bitterness comes mainly from the roasty stout-like flavors.

M - Mildly carbonated with a relatively full body and very lush and silky mouthfeel. Some alcohol warmth is noted, and welcome.

D - Damn the 7.5% ABV! I could drink a few bombers of this! This is a damn fine brown ale with many porter-like qualities. An Imperial Brown if you will.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 15:12:09 | More by pmcadamis
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet and Malty, Chocolate. Delicate hope nose...Mmmm!

Appearance: Deep Opal or Opaque. Clear with ruby highlights when put up to the light. A creamy off white head retention.

Flavor: Sweet up front then a burst of chocolate and roasted flavors that finishes with a light bitterness. Hints of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body - carbonation is right on!

Overall Impression: Great brown ale. Well balanced. Has a huge chocolate flavor! Breckenridge Brewery veers away from their mainline beers and produces small batches. On occasion, an ale will get enough attention and they bottle up the batch in bomber bottles, 22oz. bottles. So keep an eye out for them. This is one of'em.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 00:59:00 | More by sullysbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasted hazelnut infused with darkest ruby. Even indirect sunlight betrays the beer's lack of opacity, but then I haven't seen too many light-rejecting brown ales (Imperial or otherwise). The toasted beige cap is small to start and counts creaminess as its only redeeming feature. A respectable amount of lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose is on the underpowered side and isn't very different from the noses on any number of American brown ales. In fact, it's barely above average for the style. Well-toasted brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder is the extent of things. At least the generous ABV is hidden impressively well.

Mighty Brown is another in a long line of decent, but far from spectacular, Breckenridge brews. Only 471 IPA has earned a respectable score from me, and it's far from wonderful across the board. I would have thought that the brewers would have put a little more effort into their 'Breck Bomber' series of big beers.

For starters, any American brown ale that hopes to impress needs to have a more sturdy malt backbone. That should have been numbero uno on the 'things to do' list since all sorts of good things would have fallen in place as a result. The flavor profile consists of dark caramel and vodka-soaked dates. Although the beer isn't horribly sweet, it still manages to taste saccharine-like.

Actually, the alcohol is hidden fairly well. It's just that there aren't a whole lot of bombastic flavors floating around that would completely eliminate it. In the end, this is a drinkable beer that fails to even nudge the needle on the ol' excitement meter. Jacking up the ABV on a lackluster brown ale results in... a beer very much like 471 Mighty Brown.

I was tempted to penalize the mouthfeel for being insufficiently full. It's no more hefty than a standard brown ale, but gains some amount of smoothness and finishing stickiness as it warms. The same lack of carbonation that fails to generate much of a head each time beer is added to the glass, fails to excite the mouth and tongue.

Mighty Brown isn't mighty at all. The simple, unflashy, silk-screened label on the outside of the bottle is a fair approximation of what's inside the bottle. I've given up hope that Breckenridge will ever 'wow' me. It's a damn good thing that Coloradans have a great deal else to choose from when it comes to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 16:04:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours mahogany wity ruby tinges & 1 finger of tan colored head. A little bit of lacing & head retention

S: Slight malt sweetness & iron, somme coccoa as this warms

T: Rich malt, nuts, chocolate & dryness up front. Some iron, roasted grain, & coccoa as this warms. I'd almost buy this as much as porter as a brown, still tasty though. I'm getting some brownie, raisins & a little booze. Finishes with brown sugar dryness, warming with hints of chocolate & roasted grains

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a pretty good balance. Comes across pretty smooth

Drinks a little slow, but this is a beer you can sink your teeth into. Wish more of their beers were this ballsy. Not a bad if somewhat misguided effort

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 04:22:18 | More by russpowell
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3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle, no date info.

Clear rusty brown. Short, dense cap of small, rich tan bubbles that slowly settles leaving a few drapes of lace. No carbonation streams. Sweet aromas of caramel, some spicy hops, brown sugar, and a bit of coffee served light and sweet. Roasted malt with light coffee tones is filled with spoonfuls of sugar sweetness. Some hop spice arrives in the finish and partially saves this from being a sticky mess. Brown sugar comes up in prominence as it warms. Medium body with light carbonation, there is a greasiness that accumulates on the tongue that it not overly pleasing. A bit of alcohol pokes through as well. None too mighty, merely EH.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 16:28:09 | More by hopsaplenty
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second time I have tried a bottle of this brew. It pours a big brown with some deep black red tones. The smell is of sweet malt and some yeast residuals and a slight hop bounce, the alcohol is also a touch noticable. Much of the flavor seems like a compact brown ale that is starting to lean toward a weird type of barleywine. Overal I think it works and having a bomber of this fit nicely into any rotation.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 16:51:55 | More by Higravity
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice cream colored head with a good retention. Aromas of cocoa, brown sugar and caramel. Taste is sweet with some more of the same along with a grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly carbonated. Drinkablility is ok. A decent brown ale overall, and a good value at less than four bucks for a 22oz bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 03:39:57 | More by hckyfn9999


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackest brown body hosting a tall thick perfect tan head with snap-crackle-pop effect bubbles. Nose is soft and wheaty with a back hint of malt, very earthy overall. enters the mouth very mellow and smoothly rich. Then yeilds an earthy mineral feel with a bit of smokey malt. Finishes on the chocolatey side with a very nice mouthfeel. This is an exceptional beer that isnt over the top but unique and drinkable. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 18:05:46 | More by SPLITGRIN
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District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

so i guess this is an imperial brown ale. porter, basically

it's a good looking brew. thick creamlike head sits around for awhile, and the body is like the deepest mahogany. there's a splash of tobacco color in there too

we're calling it an american brown, but the hops are noble. woody blackcurrant aroma comes from those, and dances with a understated darkroasted zing. do i smell alcohol? if i don't, i sure taste it. oooeeee. that's bigtime fusel-y for a brown ale. it's moderately thick and full of chocolate up front and a little cocoa later on. oh man...did they put booze in here? i want to keep drinking, as some of the experience is enjoyable. if i don't swallow it's fine

i am going to struggle to finish this. can i hope this was a bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 02:47:26 | More by bruachan
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Mighty Brown (471 Series) from Breckenridge Brewery
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