Face Down Brown - Telluride Brewing Co.

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very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Telluride Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 03-18-2013)
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Photo of cking113
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its better than good. Its gooder. Best brown ale I've ever had. Find it. Elegant, hoppy, smooth, delicious, sessionable like no other, pairs amazingly with everything from dessert to steak to cheese to sitting on the porch with a guitar. A clean and magnificent example of the Colorado Craft beer scene and an homage to just how important water is in the brewing process.

Photo of jwhancher
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

This is one kick ass brown ale. Nice and chocolately with rich malt character and nice full mouthfeel. Goodbye hops, hello malts! Yummy.

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of TwoLips
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Caramel cola-brown with a nice creamy head.

Aroma: Sweet bready malts, nutty, sweet yeast.

Taste: Autumnul, sweet but not overwhelmingly so. Breakfast coffee with a nutty chocolate bar and a tad toffee too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: One of the most delicious brown ales ever. This is a fall fever type of I love coffee and beer and sweaters and liquid slightyly sweet nutty yum. With a lowish ABV you can drink a few of these, and I have!

Photo of nzerbe
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of birchstick
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a caramel, chestnut brown color with a small white head that leaves some lacing down the side of the glass

S - nose is toffee, light chocolate and coffee

T - taste starts off with sweet caramel malts, which takes on more chocolate notes as it moves down the palate. A nutty caramel flavor comes in on the backend and finishes it off. Very nice flavor profile...might be the best ABA I have ever tasted.

M - a little light bodied, but complements the style

D - awesome American Brown Ale in my glass here. Very rich without being fatiguing, complex, yet well balanced and subtle. Really enjoyed it and will look for this again!

Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am currently in Denver, touching base, but not much more, with The Old Lady aka Ma Petite Abeille and the preponderance of CANned craft beer is astounding! It is enough to send The CANQuest (TM) into overdrive, but the problem is a lack of singles and I CANnot lug that many beers around, so a CANundrum arose. Fortunately, I am an old school pen & ink type of guy and if I CAN drink and review it at the bar, then so be it, geekery be damned!

Fresh Craft on Blake Street became my source for three such CANs, so this is transcribed from notes dtd Tuesday, 30 July 2013.

From the CAN: "Brewed High - 8750'"; "A beautiful hybrid of English and Ameri[CAN] Brown Ale that explodes with aromas of toffee, chocolate, and nut balanced hop forward with German Noble and big Ameri[CAN] aroma hops ... don't be afraid to et down with the best Brown around! Cheers, Chris Fish, Brewmaster/Co-Owner"; "Snow Melt, Malted Barley, Ameri[CAN] & German Hops, Yeast"; "GABF Gold Medal 2012 Aeri[CAN]-Style Brown Ale."

My server made the initial pour, so I was only a party to the Crack & Glug, rather than being directly involved. He produced a finger of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with limited light penetration only at the edges. Nose was rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky. Ooh. Mouthfeel was medium with a taste like liquified Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate. A slight bitterness cut through the intense smoky charcoal taste. Wow! Finish was very chocolaty with an interesting lingering smokiness. I wish that the mouthfeel had been a bit creamier, but that was my only ding on this beer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The muddiest, murkiest brown color. A cream colored head that retains well. Light rings of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet bready malts, nutty, chocolate fudge.

Taste: Sweet bread, toffee-like sweetness. Nuts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Mefium bodied.

Overall: One of my favorite brown ales so far, really complex.

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small light brown head settles to a quarter inch froth above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Very light dark roasted malts aroma that seems to have a light sweetness to it.

Vary dark roasted malts with some dark chocolates in a the taste.

Dry aftertaste with quite a bit of the dark malts taste remaining behind with this medium to full bodied beer.

Pretty taste brown ale, I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of denver10
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown with a dirty khaki head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, taffy, cocoa, and some roasted barley. Flavor is much the same with a rich caramel, taffy, and nutty foundation but also some nice cocoa and a great roasty finish which teases of offering some coffee. A fuller mouthfeel, not much activity. Overall, this was a pretty good, maybe even great, brown ale. Avery's Elllies Brown Ale might have lost its place atop the podium for being my favorite Colorado brown ale (though still yet to try the hyped Upslope Brown). Will definitely drink this again and now interested in checking out more stuff from Telluride Brewing.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the best American browns ive had in ages, honestly the best I can remember since cast iron oatmeal brown from 4 hands in st Louis about a year ago. the pour on this is straight milk chocolate, all double boiler melty, just not as thick, and a nice rice colored head with decent retention. the nose is vanilla and medium roast barley, very little bitterness chocolate is the first thing I taste, and immediately notice how much body we have here, this is a thick beer for sure, smooth and velvety, heavy yet delicate, brilliant really. its a lot like chocolate milk, but without too much sweetness. there is also some unidentifiable funky grain in here. its not rye, but its something unconventional, and it works, even though I cannot place it for the life of me. overall a beer worthy of the awards its been handed, and easily the better of the two beers ive had from telluride. they seem to be going in the right direction, and this incarnation of an American brown ale is just splendid. limited distribution at the moment I think, but stay on the lookout.

edit: this is even better on tap. seriously the best brown ale going right now. wow.

Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome amber-brown color in the Ciney snifter. Lots of foam and lacing along the glass. Mouthfeel is appealingly sudsy while light and gulpable. Great aroma of chestnuts and spice cake.

The nutty roasted flavor is more robust than you usually get in these Brown Ales. Rather sweet, but it goes along with the warm malt and java taste. Some hoppy bitterness provides the balance along with a dark grainy flavor. A great example of the more mellow style of Brown Ale. Some butterscotch taste along with toasted filberts. Just a touch of bitter coffee.

Totally drinkable in a sweet and malty way. This is what a Brown Ale should be. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Enticing aroma of caramel, chocolate, and dark malt greets me. There's plenty more chocolate and caramel with a toffe like finish packed in with each sip. The mouth is creamy and rather chewy. This is a real treat.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.