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Barracks Brown - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
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 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.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2005
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.

biboergosum, Oct 14, 2009
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Viggo, May 30, 2005
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +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

wordemupg, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

canucklehead, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

andrenaline, Sep 24, 2010
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 17, 2003
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.

BigBry, Oct 24, 2004
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +9.6%

schnarr84, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

pootz, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Kmat10, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of BDTyre
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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....

BDTyre, Jun 22, 2009
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.

Proteus93, Jul 23, 2008
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.

thehyperduck, May 18, 2011
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.

elricorico, Nov 06, 2007
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 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 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.

Shadman, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of berley31
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

berley31, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

YamagamiTravis, May 31, 2013
Photo of Noxious26
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Noxious26, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -17.8%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
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.

ChrisCage, Jun 19, 2011
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Barracks Brown from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.