Barracks Brown - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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: 59
Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (602 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Muhly
3.24/5  rDev -12%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Progrock
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favourite beer by WR. I frequent the tap house in Calgary and usually end up drinking nothing but brown's. Well, unless it's Christmas time. Then I get the seasonal Cherry Porter. Beautiful dark brown colour (almost as dark as a porter) with a strong fragrance of coffee, chocolate, malt and some hops. An awesome blend of all key ingredients with a touch of caramel and a slightly bitter after taste. If you're a fan of brown ales, then I highly recommend this one. (484 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of GabesAles
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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 (678 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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. (1,406 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear dark brown, reminiscent of Coca-Cola, thin layer of head with little retention and some noticeable carbonation.

S - Quite bready with roasted coffee, burnt sugar, caramel and some nutty almond tones on the finish.

T - Bready caramel is complemented by a leafy green finish. Only slightly bitter with roasted coffee and some dark cocoa that lingers on the tongue. Yummy!

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perfect carbonation levels and the finish leaves your tongue wet and waiting for more.

D - This is definitely one of my favourites by Wild Rose. It won't knock your socks off, but it is nicely flavoured, has a good mouthfeel and goes down smooth. Definitely a worthy offering to any Brown Ale fan, and definitely does the style justice. (768 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (545 characters)

Photo of beerbum05
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark red/brown colour, medium creamy brown head, low carbonation, slight haze but mostly clear

Smell - Strong malty, chocolate, nut smells

Taste - Light chocolate and coffee flavours

Overall - A good tasting Brown ale. I would recommend for a brown ale. (269 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - poures a dark burgundy-brown colour with a little light exposure through. No head to speak of, only a slight little ring of lace and ultra-fine surface bubbles.

Smell - toffee over roasted barley with a hint of cafe mocha in there. I sense a creamy quality on subsequent nosings.

Taste - very smooth beginning into a nutty, heavily roasted bitter taste with some hops coming up the back. This has a very subtle intensity towards the end and makes up a decent complex character.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth for the style. Not overly carbonated which is a good thing.

Drinkability - pretty friendly brew, but I would find the over-roasted flavours a barrier to refreshment after a certain point. (751 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov14 2009

A clear deep reddish brown with a fast falling finger of head that left lace for the short time it existed

S lots of chocolate malt more then I expected

T not far from the smell with ever so mild coffee

M a little creamy no problems here

D pretty well rounded, I will drink this again with out doubt

I forgot too try this on tap at the tap room yesterday, to busy drinking Alberta Crude Stout maybe next time (463 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out of the bottle with a very small, tan head, that diminished to a thin film very quickly. Body is dark brown, but clear.

S: Nice aroma of roast malt coming through, and semisweet chocolate.

T: Lots of semisweet chocolate in the taste, with the roasted coffee flavors coming through in the end. Slightly bitter finish. Average duration for the flavor... quite tasty.

M: Light body with a minor-creamy texture leaning towards thin/oily, and soft carbonation.

D: I thought this was a pretty good Brown ale. I continue to be quite impressed with the Wild Rose beers. (578 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.... (522 characters)

Photo of manchester81
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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! (426 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty translucent brown with a frothy head. The nose is quite malty and the taste is malty . This is a brown with a full mouthfeel, very drinkable but with enough substance to make you slow down. One of Wild Rose's better beers and good for the style. (260 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Shadman
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (572 characters)

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Barracks Brown from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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