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 MAB
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.
Originally known as simply 'Wild Rose Brown (when I first tried it, has no been re-named / re-branded as 'Barracks Brown'.
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.

Update: January 2015. Revisited this one on-tap at The Bear and Kilt Freehouse. Still just as tasty as ever. Dark roast, touch of smoke at the end. One of my go - to local beers.

Note to Self: Ranked #49 of Top 100 English Brown Ales - hope I can watch it rise up the charts. (1,048 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite unlike any brown ale I have tried. Dark ruby red, or rich rosewood brown, slight purples, almost wine-like in appearance. A very rich colour, full and sparkling. It poured with an exceptional two-fingers of head, which is typical of Wild Rose--they have excellent head on their brews. Fine, creamy, off-white, receding quite quickly to a thin film. The aroma is very unique, not typical of a brown ale. I smell bubble gum, butter, sweet but subdued malt, light grassy hops, raisins, and a fruit which I cannot recognise: figs? dates? In fact, I smell cream and butter/margarine as the strongest aromas, rather than coffee/chocolate as the bottle says. A very unexpected and robust aroma. Sweet and complex, I like it very much: it adds a whole other nuance to beer. I cannot compare it to any other beer I have tried. The taste is similar, but lacking in the complexity and fullness. Curious: the label says "100% honey free." I do taste strong honey flavours, but obviously they have achieved this through the malt, and it makes the taste even more one-of-a-kind. Sweet chocolate, berries, raisins, toasted malt, with hops only discernible about a minute after a sip of this beer. Initially there is no hop presence, but after a few minutes the grassy, dry sensation is wholly noticeable. Low carbonation, making it smooth and silky on the tongue, again, very buttery. Medium-full bodied. For me personally, the malt is perfectly roasted: just enough to add burnt breadiness, without the strong dryness of a stout. There is no off-putting characteristic to this beer; I can see a good many beer drinkers enjoying it, so drinkability is very high. There is definitely enough character to keep the enthusiast pleased. (1,730 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.79/5  rDev +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¬ís best drinking micro ale. (629 characters)

Photo of Garin
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (931 characters)

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Barracks Brown from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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