Face Down Brown - Telluride Brewing Co.
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4.06/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-28-2013 03:43:18 | More by StonedTrippin
4.04/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-06-2014 23:42:30 | More by mactrail
4.45/5 rDev +15%
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.
08-02-2013 14:11:20 | More by woodychandler
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
A new(er) one to the metro area of Denver from the Western slope. This won a medal at GABF I think
While this beer isn't a flavor-bomb or contain some interesting combinations of hops, it is a solid brown. Simple yet robust enough to give it meaning.
An average pour, nice head, good lacing.
Aroma is nutty up front, a little tinge of pine. Baked caramel and toasted bread underneath.
Flavor is nut-forward, but it is not an overpowering taste. Some hints of leather and pine. Solid malt, but not overly sweet. A really great drinking brown. Would be nice to have on the slope.
03-18-2013 08:22:15 | More by Mebuzzard
4.14/5 rDev +7%
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.
08-28-2013 23:58:10 | More by LXIXME
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
On tap at the Vine Street Pub. Dark brown, good head, served in a pint glass. Aroma was slightly malty. Flavor was a pretty good brown, malty, slightly rich, super easy to drink. I'm not a huge fan of browns but this one hit the spot. I'd probably order another on tap.
12-14-2013 20:48:57 | More by ArrogantB
4.48/5 rDev +15.8%
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!
08-07-2013 03:06:03 | More by birchstick
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from tap into imperial pint at Euclid hall Denver. Nice creamy head over a deep amber brown. Some nice roasted coffee malts and sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor of sweet chocolate but mainly roasted bitter malt. A bit over bitter but it plays nice with the sweetness. Its super dry...but overall a damn good brown. Would love on cask...
06-21-2013 00:19:39 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
12 oz can. Pours brown with a medium frothy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is nice roasty chocolate malts.
The flavor is roasty chocolate malts, nuts and some brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a solid brown which is not my favorite style. I remember liking it a bit better on tap.
07-05-2013 02:11:10 | More by Beaver13
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
Cola brown body with a thick, lasting head; decent lacing and rings of foam cling to the glass. Charred, roasted grain aroma; nearly hidden spicy hops; wood and earth. Taste mimics the aroma with added, light hop bitterness; some cocoa notes. Medium body; creamy and smooth feel.
A very tasty malt-centric ale, rich in caramel and toffee malt flavors, deftly offset with a mild yet crucial hop bitterness for balance. Very appealing.
08-30-2013 20:30:16 | More by beergoot
3.83/5 rDev -1%
Pours a dark brown color with a dark red hue. Medium, off-white head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite impressive for this sessionable brown ale. Not sure what the ABV is, but I'm pretty sure it isn't very high. Nice nuttiness with some German hop aromas. Hints of cold coffee as well. Nice malt character in the nose. Taste is roasty at first with some coffee and dark malt flavors. Lots of nuttiness and some pretty hefty hops for a brown ale. Slight roasted bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, brown ales are not typically my thing. I recently had Port's Board Meeting and was blown away by it, and pretty much in a different league than this beer. However, I feel that this is a well-crafted, easy-drinking, sessionable brown ale that I am glad I got to try.
03-22-2013 03:56:00 | More by DovaliHops
Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.