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The Brown Note - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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The Brown NoteThe Brown Note

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mrfrancis on 04-23-2012)
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4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottling date.

A: A medium brown, can just see through it a little. Good-sized and fizzy, frothy light light brown head. Minimal lacing but decent retention at least.

S: Very nutty. Very bready too. Gives it a pretzels and peanut butter aroma. A little caramel sweetness. Lightest hint of cocoa. I really like this aroma.

T: Flavor is surprisingly bold too. Lots of cocoa mixed with lots of nuts. Bread crusts for malt. Just a hint of caramel sweetness sometimes but not much. Finish is dry with light earthiness and more bread crusts.

M: Light bodied, a touch watery and a touch dry.

O: A nice brown ale. Lots of nice nutty and bready malt notes. It's quite light and dry with higher carbonation. Nice drinkability but surprisingly bold flavors for the ABV. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Dope, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

rickcrip76, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

madtrixter787, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, ruby-tinted mahogany with a tight, clinging beige head.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, roasted nuts, leather, and earthy English hops fill the nose.

T: Notes of roasted almonds, chestnuts, and hazelnuts are apparent upon entry. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, cocoa powder, minerals, heather, leather, and earthy English ale hops follow. Hints of lemon, dried black cherry, and orange zest emerge just before the finish. This ale finishes on a decidedly roasty, toasty note, with flavors of coffee, chocolate, leather, and roasted nuts dominating.

M: Medium in body, smooth, firm, and dry. Carbonation is generous, imparting a mineral mouthfeel that I typically associate with English ales. Very drinkable, but slightly too strong to be a true session ale.

O: This is a very nice English-style brown ale that should delight fans of malty ales. While it's a bit pricklier than some of the more established English takes on the style, The Brown Note manages to display a depth of flavor that is admirable. Highly recommended for fans of English ales.

mrfrancis, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If the bottle art were less gross this beer's score would jump about fifty points. I mean, seriously guys, it's good to take design risks and I'm not saying you need to focus group this or anything, but do you know a single person who finds poop appetizing?

Anyhow, once you get the glass away from the bottle, you get a nicely sessionable brown. A nutty, lightly sweet start gives way to a finish of more sweet malt balanced out by medium-strength hops. Nice.

Brown ales used to be craft brew staples, but they've become rarer and rarer these last few years. I'd love to see a resurgence, especially my go-to brown (Rogue's Hazelnut) costs 12 bucks a sixer. But why the awful marketing? Are brown somehow not considered edgy enough, and so we have to make them appear more Xtreme by making poop or semen references? A good beer is a good beer, guys.

mynie, Jul 15, 2014
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Poured into sample glass a deep, dark, murky brown, with very little hint of ruby highlights around the edges. Pleasant lace.

Nose says malts and roasted nuts. Typical and representative for a brown ale, and hits the nail squarely on the head with me.

Tastes nicely nutty, with a near-perfect balance of earthiness and hazelnut maltiness. Roasty, sessionable, and very enjoyable.

secondtooth, Apr 15, 2014
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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
80 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.