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Barracks Brown - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
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 IanSpindler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

IanSpindler, Sunday at 03:18 PM
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.

leaddog, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of urbs76
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

urbs76, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Corson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Corson, Aug 25, 2014
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.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Ianleesrivette
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

LDuke, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +9.6%

schnarr84, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Kmat10, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

YamagamiTravis, May 31, 2013
Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ptarmigan98, Feb 11, 2013
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.

Muhly, Jan 10, 2013
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.

Progrock, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BigGruntyThirst, Aug 24, 2012
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.

SickGnar, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Avant_Garage, Jun 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

TJMcScmeebs, May 21, 2012
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.

Converge, May 15, 2012
Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -17.8%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Vandelayindustri, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

MrTinnedPEach, Nov 14, 2011
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

GabesAles, Oct 19, 2011
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.

evlu1441, Aug 20, 2011
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Barracks Brown from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.