Gnarly Brown - MadTree Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev +1%
On-tap at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, Cincinnati, OH
A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high thin head covering the surface that died down, consistently leaving a thin head and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of nutty malts. Neither sweetness nor bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a bold brown ale that delivers lots of nutty aromas and flavors. This would pair really well with a burger.
12-26-2013 22:56:43 | More by metter98
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
With a focus on malt and a not toward the dark, Mad Tree Brewing takes on an ale that's worthy of English entitlement. The beer not only pays homage to its British roots but hits the recipe with authority!
Its appearance is dark bown and carries an mirror-like sheen. Not convinced its simply clear and opaque, it is close. A creamy sandy-stained head floats the ale and trails with intricate Belgian-style lacing. With retention build for the duration, the ale is as handsome with its final sip and it was its first.
Bold aromas are balanced, masculine and refined. Malty chocolate and nuts build at the beginning but then a sweeter greater-than-caramel but not-quite-toffee character creates the allure that you can't quite put your finger on. Perhaps a pep of brown sugar to float, a woodish tone takes hold and gives a glimpse into the broad and earthy hop character to be tasted. Starchy and biscuity, the beer leans coffee but never roast but is always supported by a malted-milk presence.
Its taste is robust with a regal blend of bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, toast, and seared caramel. Its semi-sweet taste is like "Whoppers" candies as it unfolds on the tongue. As the beer crosses the middle palate, it drops its heady sweetness and builds into a dry toast finish and introduces the broadly bitter taste of hops with all its grassy and woody glory.
Creamy and malty-dry to start, there's ample dextrin-type richness for the beer to retain its structure through the session. Yet it prefers to retract as it nears finish for remarkably refreshing finish for such a lush upstart. Medium warmth and a dry toasty tone closes the beer's mouthfeel without ever completely giving up on its brown identity.
Its flawless recipe formulation and seemingly effortless execution gives this ale a classy taste, even if a few yearning English yeast complexities are waning. But if striving for American Brown status, I pep of citrusy hops could really sell its taste. If anything, the beer is simply on the fence of what it wants to be.
10-17-2013 06:25:41 | More by BEERchitect
3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to crapturds (reddit) for this one, more great canned craft beer.
Pours an off-white creamy semi thick almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, lots of nice frothy lacing, very dark molasses brown colored beer.
Nose nice toasty brown malts, plenty of caramel and nutty aromas, little toffee and biscuit, almost butterscotch candy and brittle but not super sweet candy like or syrupy, hint of a coffee. Faint touch of an earthy hop.
Taste starts with more toasty brown malts, plenty more caramel and toffee, a little nutty, a little chewy like malt almost, hint of coffee like roast. Hops come through more than I thought, quite bitter with an herbal earthy hop character that even gets a little mineral note. Finish is drier and very bitter, more earthy herbal like hops, little mineral and menthol like notes with hint of booze.
Mouth is med bod, little creamy and chewy, nice fluffy carb, hint of booze.
Overall not bad, I really like the malts, but the hops on the end and finish are a little much for what I was expecting for the delicious malt flavors. Still pretty tasty though.
03-06-2014 02:13:49 | More by jlindros
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a thick layer of creamy tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown. Leaves some lace.
Flavor profile: Sweet at first. Kind of like candy and syrup. Chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. Some roasted notes with hints of coffee. Maybe some brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied. Ends a little dry and roasted.
Overall, a nice drinking brown. It tastes a little bigger than a regular brown ale. Very flavorful.
05-12-2014 01:35:39 | More by mothman
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured into a perfect pint.
4.5 A: Deep amber brown color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is good and lots of lacing is left.
3.75 S: Big toastiness in this right from the start. Dry nuttiness with hints of caramel and ash. Light earthy hoppiness. Quite nice.
3.75 T: Like the nose, this is on the drier side. Lots of nuttiness and toastiness. Dry cacao notes with slight caramel.
3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and super smooth.
3.75 D: Pretty good well rounded brew.
04-08-2014 23:39:00 | More by DavoleBomb
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass
A - It pours brown with amber highlights. It is capped with an inch of tan head that quickly dissipates.
S - It has a great nutty, earthy chocolate aroma. It is very aromatic.
T - It has a robust, nutty taste to start. Then some milk chocolate flavor comes in for the finish.
M - Medium leaning towards full.
O - This is a great brown ale. The flavors and aromas are fantastic. I have become a huge MadTree fan and cannot wait for it to enter the northern Ohio market.
05-18-2014 18:48:29 | More by buschbeer
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Pours a slightly hazy deep brown with amber highlights and a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.
Citrusy hops meet nutty, deeply toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of pine in the aroma. Malt dominates, but the citrus presence is substantial.
Flavor reveals more nutty, toasted malt dominance, but adds in chocolate toward the finish. Underpinnings of grapefruit form an interesting contrast. The finish is fairly bitter. Floral notes emerge in the aftertaste.
Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth at the finish.
Didn't expect the chocolate notes. Slightly malt dominant, with anintriguing hop addition. Not overly bitter, thanks to the chocolate adding a perception of sweetness.
05-24-2014 12:09:42 | More by barczar
3.23/5 rDev -18%
Much thanks to Ricardo for getting me this brew!
A: Very dark brown with a full coffee and cream head.
S: Floury and bready. There is a slight spice note with perhaps a touch of raisin or brown sugar.
T: Tasty, with dark bread, toffee and perhaps a tiny hint of black tea. There is a strong bitterness in the finish, with a touch of an earthy flavor.
M: Medium in body, the carbonation seems really high. The finish is dry.. very dry. The finish seems strange, long lasting bitterness and dryness takes away from the brew.
O: Overall good, but the mouthfeel throws it a bit out of whack.
09-22-2013 23:31:53 | More by Beejay
3.76/5 rDev -4.6%
A: Dark brown, close to black but ruby red shows through the glass when held up to the light.
S: Very interesting. Style-wise this is called a brown ale, but there's lots of sweet roast on the nose. Smells closer to a porter than a brown.
T: Follows the nose but expands on it. A tinge of bitterness at the front of the tongue from the hops that are definitely present but do not dominate. The flavor opens up to roasted coffee and vanilla in the middle. This is where the porter characteristics shine through. The brown ale sweetness starts to appear as beer moves along the tongue. Finish is surprisingly dry.
M: Light and unremarkable.
O: A very unique and tasty take on the brown ale style. Brown ales aren't usually my thing, but this beer beautifully incorporates some of the better characteristics into a delicious beer that is really unlike any other I've had.
08-29-2013 23:41:09 | More by masterofsparks
4.23/5 rDev +7.4%
a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left thick lacing with nice billowing throughout. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - vanilla with some chocolate coming through.
t - roasted chocolate with some piney hops coming through and then coffee finishes this one out.
m - medium and coating.
o - very close to a porter. i really enjoyed this one, great sipper and enjoyable.
05-20-2013 15:23:33 | More by GPHarris
Gnarly Brown from MadTree Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.