Brown Ale - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
05-08-2010 17:31:55 | More by beerbum05
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
02-16-2010 02:37:03 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
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
11-15-2009 02:14:30 | More by wordemupg
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-22-2009 18:04:11 | More by berley31
3.93/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-14-2009 21:42:53 | More by biboergosum
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
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....
06-22-2009 02:28:36 | More by BDTyre
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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!
05-20-2009 05:09:56 | More by manchester81
British Columbia (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
07-25-2008 16:42:43 | More by canucklehead
3.53/5 rDev -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.
07-23-2008 22:52:35 | More by Proteus93
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-14-2008 02:06:55 | More by CrazyMike
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
11-06-2007 04:32:33 | More by elricorico
2.83/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
02-15-2007 00:15:29 | More by Shadman
3.35/5 rDev -8%
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.
09-25-2006 18:20:57 | More by MAB
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
03-23-2006 04:53:57 | More by vanrassel
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
02-04-2006 02:10:02 | More by Noxious26
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-29-2005 23:02:14 | More by Viggo
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-29-2005 15:08:48 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
(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.
03-09-2005 02:15:24 | More by rhoadsrage
3.94/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-24-2004 20:22:13 | More by BigBry
4.3/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
06-21-2004 07:50:35 | More by Cwrw
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
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 Calgarys best drinking micro ale.
06-14-2004 01:03:37 | More by pootz
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
08-26-2003 02:11:39 | More by Garin
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-17-2003 20:51:41 | More by IronDjinn
Brown Ale from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.