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Barracks Brown - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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83
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark brown and ruby hued, this ale expresses notes of espresso and chocolate. Very approachable, Wild Rose Brown Ale is mildly hopped with a medium body and a clean finish. Don't be afraid of the dark. Get down with the Brown.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: MAB on 10-28-2002)
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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a couple of different offerings from these guys so decided to give this a go. Dark brown beer with white white head and some lacing of note.Smell was a big put off..quite a sour odor that didn't seem right. Taste was also slight off..prehaps the sour smell playing games with my taste buds. Did detect a smooth nutty flavor that was nice. Wondering if I got a bad batch here..stay tuned.

note:..bought a sixer of Wild Rose IPA from the same store and it smelt and tasted more sour than this beer...old stock syndrome is my guess..may have to re-review this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a pint dimple mug)

A- Deep mahogany brown, very clear body with an off-white thick rocky head.

S- Light toasty malt smell with some yeasty notes

T- bold pale malt flavor with some caramel notes a little biscuit flavor toward the finish. A complementary hop bitterness and hoppy aroma in the taste aswell.

M- Medium body with a light carbonation and no astringent mouthfeel

D- very nice brown ale good maltyness with a hop presents that really bring this beer together.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20oz pint, at Bottlescrew Bill's in DT Calgary, killing time on the way to Thanksgiving.

This beer appears a clear, very dark chestnut brown colour, with slight reddish highlights, and one skinny finger of bubbly and slightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of weak seaspray lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of heady biscuity caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee, a pleasant oily nuttiness, and very, very, soft earthy hops. The taste is relatively big on the chocolate and coffee notes, followed somewhat meekly by some bready caramel malt, buttery nuts, and herbal, earthy hops.

The carbonation is rather tame in its bearing, the body just south of medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malty baker's chocolate essences duly lingering.

A pretty decent and full flavoured brown ale, and were it not for my nomadic nature right now, I'd likely have another. Tasty and engaging.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly easy and creamy drink. Well carbonated brown with nuttiness. Drop of sourness masked by good malt profile.Fresh from the brewery, thanks Pootz for sharing. Bit oily coffeee injected consistency, and licorice on aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. I had this on tap both at the brewery and elsewhere in Calgary on other date and it was not as good, overwhelmed by the coffee aroma and taste, dry finish.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear but dark brown amber, one thumb of creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly to islands with a good lace
S - strong nutty and sweet molasses malt flavours, along with some fresh bread hints
T - very roasty nutty throughout, some caramel sweetness, and just a little bit of piney hops
M - a nice level of carbonation, fading to a relatively medium feel with some sweet sensations lingering
D - a nicely drinkable brown, the flavours lean on the malts as they should, but it goes down smoothly and does not seem too filling

Photo of vanrassel
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label proudly proclaims this beer "100% honey free," and indeed, this malty, well-balanced ale doesn't need the addition of sickly-sweet honey to make it appealing.

It poured brown with ruby highlights and a rocky head that quickly diminished to a ring. Its smell is a mingling of malt, some yeast and some coffee notes.

The same flavours dominate the taste, but they're nicely distinct from each other: a sweet, malty start, followed by a touch of bitterness in the middle, and a roasty coffee finish.

This is a medium- to full-bodied beer that plays nicely on the palate and highly drinkable. Another nice effort by Wild Rose.

Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark brown, can be seen through. A fairly fast pour generated very little head, and that faded to a ring rather quickly.

Smell of toasted grains and caramel. Faint coffee aroma hides underneath.

Caramel is apparent right up front, and carries most of the flavour for the front half of the mouth. Further back toasted malt and a subtle herbal hop flavour finish things off. Nuttiness and coffee show more and more as the beer warms, filling out the flavour.

The body is a bit oily, and carbonation is on the lower side. Reasonable mouthfeel.

Like most browns, this goes down rather easy. Smooth all around, not a bad beer.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear root beer color with a huge amount of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. It appears clear, and with a fairly pathetic looking tan color head, that is very thin, and settles to a patchy looking film. The lacing is modest at best....it starts out promising, then fizzles to a water bubble like texture on the side of my glass. Not an enticing looking brew...

S- This area is better, with aromas of sweet caramel, coffee bean, and dark chocolate dominating the smell. There is a somewhat earthy nut smell in the middle and the finish is comprised of wet soil, molasses and roasted malt.

T- This is flavorful, albeit light. There is flavors of toasted almond, chocolate, coffee and toasted wheat bread. There isn't much of a hop bitterness, but it is there, ever so slightly. Overall, it is much like the aroma, but with a little more complexity. I find the flavors don't last long after the swallow, making this a somewhat bland tasting brown ale IMO.

M- Fairly heavy carbonation for the style I find and this was light in body unfortunately. While i find it quite flavorful, it doesn't last and doesn't permeate the palate that well. It lacks a real depth overall.

O- It's not a bad tasting beer, but I feel that its' character is fairly bland for the style. It's too clean and crisp for my liking and is good for those maybe entering this type of beer. Very average overall.

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown that turns dark coppery with a distinctly amber/red hue when held to light. Quite clear with more than a few bubbles rising. Small light tan head that sticks around pretty good. Nice bunch of lace too.

S: Quite chocolaty for a brown. Plentiful notes of nutty & sweet. Only a hint of pale & biscuit background. Not finding any hops. Fair strength with interesting character.

T: Lots of chocolaty and loads of nutty. A bit of sweetness & biscuit / pale base. Edge of metallic gets in there. Ghost hint of diacetyl too. Hint of roast. Herbal hops for balance in the background & growing in the finish.

M: Medium body with matched yet cushiony carbonation. Less texture than expected but it does have some. Finish stays neutral to a hint sweet with just a barest bit of hop drying way at the end.

D: More chocolate than the usual just beyond session strength brown. Otherwise a good solid brewpub brown. Tasty, drinkable, & easy to have a few.

Photo of Garin
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a deep copper brown, with a thin but dense head that laced my glass well.

The aroma is caramelly, and malty.

The flavour is sweet, malty, and nutty. Some metallic and grainy hints. Thin in the middle and empty on the end. This beer is all up front, with a little lemon over time.

The mouthfeel is light and slightly soft. It's a little single-minded for my tastes.

Photo of evlu1441
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in the $1 singles bin at my local liquor store. There isn't any freshess date, so hopefully it's still good. I've had a couple beers from Wild Rose, and they seem to have a good thing going on. Hopefully this is as good as the IPA I remember.

This beer pours a very deep, almost opaque, red colour... It's a very "brown ale" indeed. There's about one finger of head sitting on top, that shows no signs of going anywhere.

The aroma is slightly funky. The bready yeast is very apparent, alongside some roasty malt. I'm guessing mine might be on the old side if it has this unusual smell.

The flavour is light, but the dark toasy malt comes through. It's sweet to start, and the hops are quite subdued. It almost has a bit of a dark fruit and chocolate taste. the light body makes this an easy drink, but also drowns out some of the flavours that start to develop.

Overall, this is a very average brown ale for me. I'd rather have a Big Rock Trad than this (another Calgary brewery). It's not too bad though. Perhaps my bottle was on the old side.

Photo of urbs76
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Great beer that has a nice malty finish.

Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Nice, deep chestnut brown. Whitish head, short lived, Light rim of head left behind.

S + T: Toasty, slightly sweet malts. Flavour is similar. The malts are the primary focus here, and it works out quite nicely. A touch of breadiness. A somewhat cola-like quality in flavour... or like root beer? Interesting, to say the least.

M + D: A bit thin in body. Carbonation is about right. This would be a good cask candidate. An easy going 5%. Very straight forward brown, done well enough, against some stiff competition.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall 1 litre flip-top brown bottle. Possesses a thin creamy head that quickly recedes to a small ring, but leaves some impressive lacing. Colour of light oak when held to the light, deep chestnut otherwise. Aroma of thick coffee, accompanied by slight chocolate and burnt malt. No discernable hop presence, coffee aroma is far too intense. Flavour is also mostly intense coffee, followed by burnt malt and slight chocolate. Flavour is definitely intense, up-front, and in your face. However I am not a coffee fan by any means, so the aggressive coffee flavour found in this ale doesn't do much for me. Yet I think it would score high marks amongst the Starbucks shills crowd, would be right up their alley, correlating with all the coffee porters and stouts I've tried. Personal tastes aside, this is truly one of the most flavourful browns I've sampled, definitely worth a try, there is nothing mild about it at all.

Photo of GabesAles
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: decent looking beer, but head was good, deflated faster then i would have liked, but not too bad... nice dark brown color, very clear, no haze.

Smell: smells malty, caramel

Taste: kind of sweet, estery, very malty, not very bitter, I did not find it to have a nice balance, A little too estery for me, perhaps fermented at higher temps... or not aged long enough before bottling..

Mouthfeel: It's no worse than the mouthfeel of a typical macro, however i expect better mouthfeel from a craft brewed brown ale... certainly does not have a velvety mouth coating characteristic

Overall: Unfortunately i did not find this to be a great brew, I would not buy it again

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of manchester81
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 341 mL bottle poured into a sturdy glass mug.

The beer is a dark brown, clear texture with minimal head that leaves a small bit of lacing. Smell is of roasted malt. The taste is much like the smell, finishes strong. Mouthfeel is thin. Not a bad session brew.

I don't often buy Wild Rose's brown because of a sour taste that was prevalent in early experiences with this beer. Quality has improved lately. Buy it fresh!

Photo of Vandelayindustri
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At one time, this was one of the only Wild Rose products on tap (along with the Wraspberry), but now much of the Wild Rose line is readily available.
Serving arrived with no head and just a small ring of bubbles on around edge of glass. Still some carbonation so it wasn't flat and nice transparent deep brown color. Slight coffee smell with some sweet notes. By the end of my pint (after it had warmed up a touch) there was a definate smoky aroma also. Tastes creamy smooth with malty sweetness and not a lot of hoppiness. Overall, thought it is well balanced and flavorfull but not overpowering. Now I always look for this on the beer menu.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A favoured style of mine, and given past experience with Wild Rose I am eager to try this one. Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a one-finger head with poor retention; a collar of foam remains around the edge of the glass with some lacing but that's about it. The color is nice but the lack of any sort of head is a little off-putting. Smell is malty with espresso and chocolate; very appealing.

This is a really tasty beer. Very malt-forward with caramel and roasted nut flavours, and a slight hop bitterness underlying it which extends into the finish, where the coffee and chocolate notes come in more strongly. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; a little chewy. Low to medium-low carbonation, not distracting from the deliciousness at all. Very drinkable; potentially a good session beer.

So far I've tried 5 beers from this brewery and they've all been above average to quite good. Any fan of english-style brown ales would probably be pleased with this purchase, and it's certainly worth a try.

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Barracks Brown from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.