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Coffee Oatmeal Brown Ale - Free Will Brewing Company

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Coffee Oatmeal Brown AleCoffee Oatmeal Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Flounder57 on 11-24-2012)
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-17-2013 12:41:22 | More by mpalestino
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Deep mahogany brown with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity.

Nose
Coffee grounds, medium roasted coffee, espresso...yeah, basically coffee.

Taste
Again, coffee grounds, medium roasted coffee with cream and sugar and hints of espresso. Caramelized brown sugar, hazelnut and touches of overripe black plum.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky and smooth.

Overall
8.3% abv is well hidden and tastes like COFFEE.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:32:12 | More by justintcoons
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-10-2013 16:32:27 | More by mendvicdog
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-08-2013 00:49:24 | More by duceswild
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lobos62

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-28-2013 15:22:46 | More by lobos62
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a murky brown with light off white cap with ringlets of lace sticking and ultra fine bead not the best appearance, but better than average. The smell is a mix of sweet malt with fresh coffee odor with nutty light bean-like roasted nose and light herbal hop scent. The feel has a creamy, worty texture with sweet roasted grainy aspect and semi-dry finish with a slight coffee acidity mid palate.

The taste is good and pretty much follows the aroma with full malty toasted oatmeal aspect with a light coffee element and moderate hop influence with an herbal flavor. The coffee tastes good, but midway it starts to bring a vegetal element and there is light alcohol with nutty dry taste in the finish. Overall a pretty good brown, not great -if you take away the oats and coffee it is pretty ordinary and the coffee doesn't really improve it enough to warrant a second taste to me. I like the concept but it could use some refinement as it seems like an under attenuated strong ale. The sweetness level is ok and the coffee is more earthy than I prefer considering the style + Abv but it is good drinkability wise

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 14:00:47 | More by Slatetank
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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hopstermonster1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came to me in a tulip, very dark brown in color a mocha head sat on top and was pretty tall.
Aroma has a lot of coffee grounds in it. Some toasted malts and sweetness too.
Drinks like the nose with a big coffee taste. But as it warms the coffee mellows and some roasted malts maybe even a bit of toffee come through. Hints of cocoa mingles in the taste too.
Drinks a heavy medium on the palate, smooth but alittle washed out.
A very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 11:42:38 | More by micromaniac129
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derekrick420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-16-2013 23:48:33 | More by derekrick420
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Supra97

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Cdax

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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jp312

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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57md

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy, muddy copper with an orange hue and more than a finger of fizzy head. The coffee and espresso notes are clearly present in the nose as well as some robust hoppiness for a brown. The coffee flavors are rich and strong, but the body is a bit thin even for a brown. The finish is dry with a bitter finish that comes from both the hops and the roasted coffee.

My final assessment is a mixed bag. Many beers erroneously claim to have a coffee flavor; this offering is the real deal when it comes to coffee without a doubt. The problem is that the elements of a classic brown are present, but they are overwhelmed by the coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 07:10:54 | More by 57md
Coffee Oatmeal Brown Ale from Free Will Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.