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Barracks Brown - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: MAB on 10-28-2002

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
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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 60
Photo of Shadman
2.79/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of GabesAles
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Muhly
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from 355 ml. bottle.

A-Pours with one finger of white head that drops quickly. Leaves a trace of lacing on the glass. Deep dark brown colour.

S-Very malty and sweet with hints of hay. Very slight hop aroma.

T-Malt forward. Slightly sweet and caramely.

M-Creamy with mild/moderate carbonation.

O-Always good and very drinkable. A nice change of pace from really hoppy beers.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of MAB
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't add much to the other reviews, which seem to be bang on:
Nice and dark, brown head, chocolate malt highlights, a very tasty offering but lacking the "je ne sais quoi" when it is served on tap.
The 341ml bottles are at just the right size and price however. The big flip top bottles were over-priced for what you got.

In Calgary it is getting to quite prevalent on tap (along with their Industrial Park Ale) but if you haven't been to the Hop In on 12th Ave. to sample it and the other 8 or 9 micros on tap then you should waste no more time doing just that.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass. They must be having some problems with their bottling and labelling because all of these bottles have gobs of glue on them and one had it's label missing and the label was stuck to another label. Beer inside was still good none-the-less.

Clear, and dark brown with red highlights. Creamy beige head is 1/2 inch on the pour, but quickly recedes to a thin cap. Sporadic sheets of lace.

Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee in the aroma.

The smooth roasted malt character at the start increases in intensity to a coffee and malt-bitter finish. Has a bit of a harsh abrassive quality to it. Aftertaste is of roasted malt.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Has a bit of a bite to in in the finish that is a little stronger than I'd like.

This doesn't seem nearly as creamy and smooth as I remembered it being on tap. Still a good brew, just a little more agressive with the roasted-bitter character than I like in a brown ale.

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Photo of Garin
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Converge
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Deep brown hue with highlights of amber when held up to the light. Frothy tan head that settles to a thick cap and laces excellently.

S - Sweet caramel malt upfront with mild hops in the finish. Slight nuttiness to it, but this is overall really mild and doesn't provide much aroma at all.

T - Follows the nose really closely. Caramel malt dominates, with some nuttiness following it up. Light floral hops come up in the finish. Maybe some brown sugar, and even some very slight roastiness, but this ale doesn't give very much flavor.

M - Nice and full, with low carbonation. Probably the best thing going for this beer, as it feels weighty but smooth.

D - An unspectacular brown ale all around. A malty but mild local offering I'll likely pass on next time.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brown ale, but a tad disappointing.

Nice ruby-mahogany colour with a decent near-white head. Slightly sour, strangely metallic smell with sweet malts. I couldn't really pick up any hops.

The sourness comes through in the flavour and it seems kind of odd. Not horrible, but it starts off sour and bitter and then the sweetness shines through. Caramel and toffee essences.

Decent carbonation, and something you could have a few of in one go - but there are better brown's out there. But there are also worse....

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Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm interesting beer. Dark brown, pretty clear, good off-white head and lace. Smell is malty, kind of sour. Tastes are vanilla, chocalte maltiness, and a bit of a sour finish. The mouthfeel was pretty full and creamy, went down smooth, had some good carbonation. I'd try this one again, but not spectacular. Thanks pootz.

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Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance - Pours a dark nut brown with two fingers of foamy beige head.

Smell - toffee like malts, hints of chocolate and espresso, slight hint of dark fruits.

Taste - lightly toasted toffee like malts with notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso, along with the very light presence of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant smoothness.

Overall - A tasty English brown ale that nicely captures the flavours and aromas of chocolate and espresso. I like that Wild Rose renamed this brew to commemorate their home in Currie Barracks.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black appearance with thick brown head. Smell of roasted malts, grain and fruit.

Very malty taste with a strong hint of caramel and vanilla. Tastes very similar to coffee. Medium body and moderately carbonated. After taste is clean, smooth and almost smoky.

Overall, this is an interesting beer with a unique blend of tastes. Was kind of turned off initially, but began to like it the more I drank it. Worth a try.

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Photo of scott451
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into a pint glass produced a two finger bubbly tan head on a very dark (almost black) clear ruby. The head diminishes to a cap but sticks around. Some patchy lace clings to the glass.

Matly smells with some chocolaty notes. The taste is of roasted malts up front with a chocolaty slide down to a lingering, very mild and sightly sour bitter hop finish. Very restrained but well balanced. Quite nice really.

Good carbonation and fairly light for a brown ale. Not much sign of the coffee some reviewers (and the label) speak of, but a very nice and balanced brown ale.

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Photo of manchester81
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Finally getting around to giving this local standard the formal review treatment, single bottle poured into a tulip glass. A slightly hazy root beer brown with a minimal amount of beige head and an aroma that splits the difference between nutty caramel malts and English hops, with brown sugar and toffee notes most apparent along with some raisin, vanilla, oily walnut meat, and underripe stone fruit. Gorgeous aroma really. Palate is less bold and rich but largely follows suit, with some leafy, lightly fruity hops cutting the sweetness and the whole brew consequently drinking as quite a bit lighter than it really is. Pleasant light toffee, dry cacao, and nut flavors do emerge as the beer warms. Moderate to high carbonation and a semi-dry, nigh-tangy finish with some nut shells and wispy vanilla caramel notes nudging you as they flit past. If I had to compare to its local competitor Big Rock Traditional (Trad; see that review), I prefer this take on the style ... Less sweet, more nutty and hoppy, with a flavor profile that develops better over the course of a pint.

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Photo of pootz
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saved this bottle from my Calgary trip it was bottled the day I bought it at the brewery and was about 3 weeks old when I cracked it...still nice and fresh but I assume this beer does not last long on the shelf. Poured a clear, deep red-chestnut color with a nice toffee colored frothy cap that laced our quickly. Delicate aromas of grassy hops caramel, cocoa and spices....very nice! Starts with a big whack of bitter-sweet nutty malts some evidence of spicy tang then the finish is mellow and light with a buttery after taste. Das smachts gut! The best offering from this brewer and arguably Calgary’s best drinking micro ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of vanrassel
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Barracks Brown from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.