Moroccan Brown Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spearhead Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rock the Casbah! Moroccan Brown Ale is a full-flavoured American style brown ale with a Moroccan accent. Inspired by the flavours of the Maghreb region of North-West Africa, this unique brown ale is made with dates, figs, raisins and a dash of cinnamon. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated and has all the complex flavour and bouquet of a fine red wine with notes of plum, brown sugar and dried fruit.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: spinrsx on 10-08-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

The folks at Spearhead Brewing were kind enough to replace the bad bottle that Bucky bought at the LCBO, so he finally had the chance to sample their Moroccan Brown Ale (“MBA”).

MBA poured an attractive light brown colour with hints of ruby/orange at the core when backlit. An aggressive pour produced about 2” of bubbly tan coloured head which gradually faded to a Swiss cheese like pattern of uneven foam which left some intermittent lacing and spotting down the glass. A date sweetness dominates the aroma with undertones of cinnamon, raisin and other dried, dark fruits. Its flavour was again dominated by sweet dates, with cinnamon, raisins, and other sweet dark fruits noticeable. The malt profile is relegated to the background. Just when the combination of flavours threatens to become a bit too sweet, there is a mild delayed-impact bitterness in the finish to restore a balance. MBA is medium bodied with a natural carbonation level to enhance the experience, and an almost powdery mouth feel. All in all, a perfectly respectable spiced ale and certainly worth a try.

Photo of dolphsexton
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; bottled June 26 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful, deep mahogany-copper colour, clouded with sediment and topped at first with over two fingers of frothy, off-white head. It gradually dissipates over the next five minutes, leaving behind a dense, creamy cap and a swiss-cheese pattern of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice mixture of brown sugar, bready malts, raisins and other dried fruits, with maybe a slight touch of cinnamon. Not exactly off-putting, but not particularly interesting given the unique ingredient list.

A respectable brown ale. The malt bill dominates, providing notes of bread crust, toasted hazelnut and caramel/brown sugar sweetness. The fruit and spice adjuncts are left to provide an auxiliary sweetness that holds fast in the background - raisin and fig are detectable, but this is not a markedly fruity-tasting beer (which may or may not be your bag - I personally am fine with it). Mild cinnamon spice in the finish, with the sweetness soon fading into a relatively dry aftertaste. Medium in body, with smooth, natural carbonation levels that provide a modest bite suitable for a light(ish) spiced ale - particularly in the context of the spicy cinnamon of the tail end of the profile.

Final Grade: 3.66, a decent B. Spearhead's Moroccan Brown Ale is a good spiced beer, although admittedly there are a few things that I think would improve it. There is a little too much residual sweetness for my liking, and very little date/fig flavour to speak of. That being said, I am mostly nitpicking - this is still a tasty beer, it's just not completely up my alley, which means I probably won't return to it frequently. Worth a look for any fan of malty/dark ales, and something I'd be interested in trying on tap.

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with light dry fruits with some light spices including cinnamon are also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by cinnamon with some caramel malt with medium residual sugar notes and some dry fruits notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting mix of flavours but lacking a bit fo integration to make it truly remarkable.

Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mtomlins
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A touch hazy, copper brown; a very persistent, creamy, off-white head dropping down to a big sudsy collar leaving some nice drooping lacing.

S: Not big but present; sweet caramel, light brown sugar, raisins.

T: Similar to nose; malty, some dried fruit, a pleasant spice (cinnamon?). Mild hop bitterness dries out the finish which is very clean.

M: Medium body/carbonation; smooth, clean.

O: Nice, a very easy drinking brown yet still tasty and has a certain character missing in many browns. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Johnny Farina in Ottawa.

Pours a red-tinged brown colour. Clear, bit of bead. Head is beige; decent bubbling. Retains OK.

Smells intriguing. Bit of sweet corn and some brown sugar, quite slight and thin. Sweet, lacking in roasted notes a bit, but not too bad.

Taste is slightly vinous. Has a brown sugar note with some thin port, touch of cider vinegar and apple notes. Sweet; sugar with a touch of cider. Not bad.

Drinks OK; has a slight body but goes down fairly smoothly.

Maybe a bit thin as a brown ale, but drinks OK.

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured a rusty red colour with a half finger light brown head that fizzled away fast. Good carbonation, no lace, no retention.

S - Lot's of rich malt. Dark fruit, sugar, dark bread. Quite nice.

T - Dark fruit, coconut, tobacco, sugar, sweeter than aroma.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet then dry in the finish.

O/D - A neat beer. Malty depth with good flavours. Enjoyed it.

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RefillMyglass
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Moroccan Brown Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
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