Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #7 of the ones I've reviewed.
Pours a mahogany brown, much as you'd expect, although a bit more red maybe than you'd expect. A nose to me that smells exactly like burnt toast, of all things, with maybe a bit of dark fruit at the bottom. (As the beer warms up the dark fruits come more to the fore.) The body has a rather "chewy" quality which I rather liked.
Flavors. This tastes, if you can imagine, like a "dry" cola -- if you took a Coke and removed all the sugar, leaving just the cola taste, you'd have this, sort of. It's Johnny One Note but a very interesting kind of one-note, I'm not sure I ever quite found that sort of flavor in beer before. The finish is thin, but not bad, a rather bracing sharpness.
I rather liked this one -- a lot of brown ales look good to me but disappoint once you actually taste them, but this one delivers on the flavor.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2012 01:42:38 | More by dougbassett
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3.99/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the light (looks nearly black in the glass) with a nice creamy two fingers of head that settles rockily to a healthy film and then a light film. Decent retention; some spotted lacing.
Really 'brown'-smelling with some yeasty phenols. Caramel malt aromas with chocolate some brown sugar and a tiny bit of raisin.
Smooth, chocolatey and delicious. Really rich nut and toffee flavors hit you right off the bat, with walnut, cocoa powder, dark bread and other nutty, chocolatey, bready flavors as well!
Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. There is a short finish, a nice creamy texture and good carbonation (honestly I would prefer it with a little less of the latter and more of the former).
Very good beer.
This is a smooth, easy drinking brown ale that has got it all where it counts. Pretty nice looking with lots of great nose to it and a mellow, nutty, chocolate-dipped flavor. Much better than I was expecting.
Would have again; well worth trying.
Serving type: can
03-12-2014 02:27:36 | More by TheDoctor
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,376 ratings.