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Moroccan Brown Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company

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Moroccan Brown AleMoroccan Brown Ale

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spinrsx on 10-08-2012

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
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 12
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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CaterpillarOfSociety
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking brown ale with a good aroma. However I would say it doesn't meet all the standards of a good American Brown Ale in my opinion. In particular it seems to lacking any hop profile at all. I also found it a little on the sweet side for this particular style.

A bit of a miss for me as a brown ale, but still a nice enough beer.

Photo of byronic
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the loose moose in downtown Toronto on st Paddys day.

Appearance - nice looking hazy dark brown coloured beer. Two fingers of decent lasting head and nice sticky swath of lacing.

Smell - nice aroma, subtle and malty with some earthy spiciness

Taste - good and flavourful ale, heavier in the malts and a significant amount of spice. Little bit of fig and date flavour.

Mouthfeel - smooth well carbonated moderately heavy body.

Overall - a pretty good and slightly interesting take on a brown ale. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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 -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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: 3.68, 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 +7.1%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mtomlins
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Moroccan Brown Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
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