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Barracks Brown - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Great beer that has a nice malty finish.

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of IanSpindler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Photo of urbs76
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Corson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of Ianleesrivette
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Muhly
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Progrock
4.6/5  rDev +26%
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.

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Avant_Garage
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TJMcScmeebs
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Converge
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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