Moroccan Brown Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company
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Reviews by evil_liver:
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3.46/5 rDev -1.7%
On tap at Bar Hop Dark Days. Spicy and sweet. I could drink this, but way too much going on.That stops drinkability, and appreciation of the fruitiness. I could sip a little, or stew some food with it.Another novelty.Too cloying, like drinking the syrup of canned fruit.
03-10-2013 23:04:54 | More by Sammy
3.31/5 rDev -6%
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.
02-03-2014 00:08:27 | More by Phyl21ca
3.81/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-25-2013 18:08:08 | More by mtomlins
3.3/5 rDev -6.3%
On Tap at Arrow and Loon Ottawa for 7$
Appearance - Brown colour with hints of red with an above average size foamy dark beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.
Smell - Malts, touch of chocolate/vanilla, dark fruits
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and a hint of chocolate/vanilla. There is also some dark fruit notes with a hint of spice. It reminded me a bit of a fruit cake. It ends with malty slightly sweet aftertaste.
Overall - Another above average beer from this brewer. There was something to it that tasted a little too artificial, but it was still quite drinkable. I can see this working well as holiday/winter beer. Worth trying for sure.
10-08-2012 17:48:57 | More by spinrsx
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
On tap at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury
Appearance: It has a nice amber/brown color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit with roasty and biscuity malts.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasty malts, dark fruit (raisins), caramel and biscuits.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
12-10-2012 21:04:34 | More by SebD
3.66/5 rDev +4%
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.
07-19-2014 03:48:49 | More by thehyperduck
3.46/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-20-2013 02:36:16 | More by laituegonflable
Moroccan Brown Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.