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Moroccan Brown Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company

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Moroccan Brown Ale
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 03:48:49 | More by thehyperduck
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2014 17:59:37 | More by WillAndSarah
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2014 12:31:13 | More by avisong
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-24-2014 03:33:29 | More by boszormeny
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-12-2014 01:10:34 | More by Rlombardi75
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ArrogantPrick

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-23-2014 16:06:06 | More by ArrogantPrick
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Mr_Rocca

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-22-2014 17:29:41 | More by Mr_Rocca
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-30-2014 00:39:14 | More by WeissBoy
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

03-24-2014 16:04:04 | More by beerhunter13
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JMBSH

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-14-2014 18:07:38 | More by JMBSH
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

02-23-2014 02:46:24 | More by Pmicdee
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:08:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

01-21-2014 19:46:31 | More by RevCraig
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-09-2014 01:01:38 | More by Jotora
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-30-2013 04:09:27 | More by Mark5252
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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

10-25-2013 18:08:08 | More by mtomlins
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-28-2013 23:17:43 | More by KrisDLSmith
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2013 02:36:16 | More by laituegonflable
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

09-12-2013 00:26:24 | More by kelvarnsen
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:25:34 | More by tbeckett
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-01-2013 14:56:12 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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RefillMyglass

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-09-2013 19:33:04 | More by RefillMyglass
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13%

07-30-2013 23:05:54 | More by mick303
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LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-30-2013 04:18:34 | More by LoveBeerNo7
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Moroccan Brown Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.