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Moroccan Brown Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company

Moroccan Brown Ale
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 9.35%


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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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

07-05-2013 03:41:05 | More by evil_liver
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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.

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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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laituegonflable

Australia

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.

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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.

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moroccan Brown is brewed with a bunch of different ingredients but looks especially like two of them; it has a medjool date colour and cinnamon highlights. Far from light or clear but not exactly dense or hazy, the beer is a bit tough to describe. One thing for sure: it has no head.

The bouquet has a dash of spice that's tempered by dried fruits and a tinge of roasted grain. For all its 'exotic' flavourings, familiar scents of toasted pecan, molasses and coffee bean are what's noted most. It fails to really draw me in though it certainly doesn't turn me away.

Moroccan Brown Ale has a marked lack of texture - even the sweetness is surprisingly restrained - and fails to light any kind of spark on the palate. Although inspired by Maghreb (North African) cuisine, you're not likely to find anything this "clean" or neutral in a diet dominated by the likes of cumin, paprika, saffron, fresh peppermint, and coriander. This is bland by comparison.

The expressionless mouthfeel aside, the flavour is pleasant. The beer is brewed with dates, figs, raisins and cinnamon and has minor hints of all those things. More prevalent, however, is the malt which tastes of toasted nuts, brown sugar and burnt bread crust. There is also a tinge of black olive. Again, however, nothing makes a remarkable impression or lasts very long.

I've used a lot of different flavours in this review to describe what is honestly a very ordinary brown ale (which is disappointing considering all the hoopla that's gone into it). I've enjoyed Moroccan Brown every time I've had it but still struggle to think of much to recommend it by; it's probably best suited to those transitioning from mainstream lagers to bolder beers.

Serving type: bottle

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Moroccan Brown Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.