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Samuel Adams Brown Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Brown AleSamuel Adams Brown Ale

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693 Ratings

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chOAKbarrell on 12-25-2005)
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Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10%

A new Sam Adams stlye? Yup, I've gotta test the waters...

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one finger head. The first thing I noticed about this beer was the aroma as it leaped out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Upon pouring it gives off a deep, roasted nut aroma and lots of cranberry. Reminded me in a weird way of SA Cranberry Lambic (anyone else detect this)? Very pleasant smell. The taste touches more on the roasted nuts than the cranberry and really presents a well-rounded beer with a subtle fruity hop bite. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation make this a fairly easy drinker and smooth on the palate. I really enjoyed this new brew from SA.

02-23-2006 15:36:09 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of merlin48


3.85/5  rDev +10%

12 oz bottle from Brewmaster's sampler pack. Pours a clear, copper body that exhibits active carbonation. Small beige head has excellent longevity and leaves some spotty lace.
Toasty dark malts provide hints of chocolate covered hazelnuts to the aroma. Floral citrusy hops are more prominent than expected for style.
Mouthfeel is light medium, with plenty of carbonation.
Taste has a toasty malt profile that stands up well to some assertive citrusy hops. Dark caramel notes with a hint of chocolate work well with the hops here.
Tasty and well balanced, but maybe a bit overhopped for the style. A pretty good brown ale that would make a nice session ale.

02-23-2006 11:46:43 | More by merlin48
Photo of mynie


3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

Nice pour for the style. Dark ruby brown, nutty, with a nice white head.

Slight hint of sweet nut with some Boston Beer Co caramel. Okay, but nothing great. Pretty standard for the style.

Easy drinking taste of nutty caramel up front, giving way to a toasted marshmellow middle, and a very sweet and slick stab of hops at the end. Above average for a brown ale, but lacking much real complexity.

All and all, it's an above average brown that's one of the best sessions you're gonna find for the price.

02-21-2006 04:01:34 | More by mynie
Photo of hanco005


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

Form the Brewmaster’s Collection. Bottle is marked June 06. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—dark clear brown with ½ inch of head that fizzes down to nothing in a matter of minutes

S—toasted chocolate and caramel malts, the bottle says indicates nutty and biscuit malts…I smell those, too

T—great combo of chocolate and caramel malts with a bittersweet flavor, a mild hop bitterness at the end, slightly alkaline as well

M—thinner than I expected, but carbonated well

D—a good brown ale, but not one that I would buy on a regular basis.

02-18-2006 20:53:50 | More by hanco005
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Label notched May, 2006

Translucent clear rusty brown color with a two finger finely-bubbled head.

Mild aroma- dark caramel, some berries and a hint of floral hops. Slight dark chocolate comes on after a lot of swirling.

Palate is a simple repeat of the aroma, heavy on the caramel. Not much complexity here- the impression at the end of a glass is pretty much the same as the beginning. Bitterness is clean and unobtrusive.

This is a decent beer for when you're in the mood for a brown ale, but it's not exactly a trend setter.

02-18-2006 04:17:37 | More by TongoRad
Photo of chilidog


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

The latest addition to the Brewmasters Collection, voted in? Hmm.
Myself, a Brown ale, not the style of choice for I haven't had the best luck with ones i've tried so far. Thisone how-ever, passed as good, though I like what Sam Adams does with the brews they put out.
It poured a nice dark brown, of course. The head tan, about an inch. It left no lace behind. Carbonation was mild. The glass was active with bubbles, but no fizz to be had.
The aroma was bread-like malts. The taste was Pay-Day candy-like though the mild hop takes away the extra sweetness. The taste gets you toasted malts, nut, caramel and biscuit bread.
The mouthfeel was smooth and buttery. The beer is pretty easy to drink, not over-powering in any stand-out way.

02-17-2006 23:31:23 | More by chilidog
Photo of mobyfann


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

Paid $6.99 for a mixed 6-pack...

The beer pours a root beer colored base with a small tannish head, head retention lasts for a little but fades, not much lace on the glass after the fact. The smell was pretty weak, barely smelled the nuts.

The beer tastes very nutty but also feels heavy for a brown ale. Mouthfeel isn't there, the high carbonation feels like a soda. It's drinkable when it settles but this is not a brown ale I would go to.

Final Thought: Go with a Goose Island Hex Nut or if you have the cash a Dogfish Head Indian if you want a real brown ale... this one isn't worthy of the Sam Adams label in my opinion.

02-17-2006 04:11:55 | More by mobyfann
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

Part of the Brewmaster's Sampler, acquired at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a fiery amber/garnet with a finger or two of khaki head. Sweet caramel malt, vanilla and some buttery diacetyl in the nose. Taste follows suit, but has a bit of a bitter, metallic aftertaste typical of English browns. Standard thinnish mouthfeel. Certainly better than Newcastle, but nothing to write home about. Another solid Sam Adams offering.

02-14-2006 04:35:27 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a clear medium brown with a light brown tinted head thas is gone quickly maybe a touch fizzy but nice clarity color wise.Like the aromas going on buttery caramel with an underlying toastiness wich is appetizing,quite a buttery brown ale rendition here I actually kinda like it maybe a bit one sided though with the caramel/butter flavors not much of a earthy presence to be had just a soft touch in the finish.Has a little prickly mouthfeel but goes down pretty easily.Iam not a huge fan of the style but this suits me fine,better than average in my opinion.

02-12-2006 20:14:13 | More by oberon
Photo of mcarroll10177


4.28/5  rDev +22.3%

Served out of bottle and into a tradional beer mug ( I need better glasswear)

A- very nice carmel/nutty brown color with a thick white head that foamed longer than I expected.

S- It smelled like a English Brown Ale should, not to hoppy, but enough to let the drinker know that it is an ale and not a macro lager.

T- Excellent, Crisp in the begining with a sharpness that a good ale offers. Nice finish as well, clean but again with a certain complexity found in English Brown Ales.

M- A bit thin, however I should note that I perfer a light mouthfeel over the thickness of other more complex styles.

D- This is where this English Ale shines. In my mind this Ale is the perfect balance of complexity and drinkablility. An ale that has some deapth to it that is as good alone as it is with a thick steak.

Now for my biases. English Ales are my favorite style of ale/beer and I think that Sam Adams version is the finest example of it, that I have had the pleasure to enjoy.

02-12-2006 17:33:43 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

This is yet anothe solid, but not spectacular, offering from the folks at the BBC.

It pours a nice looking amber colour with a bubbly clingy head that lingers for a while before dissolving to a nice sticky lace.

The aroma is a bit earthy and rubbery, with a touch of hops and notes of caramel and some other sweetness.

The flavour hits on all of the aromas and throws in a touch of chocolate and bits of nut flavouring (although hardly noticeable most of the time) here and there. The hops kick in just before the finish but are quite mellow for the most part.

This is a basic brew with some flavour to it and is definitely of English influence. I simply would prefer a more rugged, heartier nut brown ale. I would certainly drink this one again and its worth a try but nothing really sets this apart from others within the style.

02-12-2006 02:53:17 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of proc


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

This one pours out to a solid brown in the glass with an average-sized head. The aroma is light, but gives off hints of malt and biscuit dough. The taste is quite good, with a nice dose of malt that is quite balanced with the hops. There is a slight nuttiness that gives way to a light, but refreshing sweetness. A very well done brown.

02-10-2006 01:28:32 | More by proc
Photo of allengarvin


3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Brand new beer from Sam Adams. Pours out a clear & lovely dark brown color, with a small head that fades away a bit too quickly. Pleasant nutty malt aroma. Flavor is likewise nutty, slightly caramel-like. Bitterness is moderate but not much hop flavor. There's an acidity toward the finish that detracts enough to lower it from a 4. Finishes with a slightly lingering bready malt flavor. Good body with a fairly neutral texture.

The Brewmaster collection has generally been pretty good, showing off the skills of the Boston Beer Company's brewers in a way their earlier-formulated beers don't. This example is competent, not exceptional.

02-09-2006 02:32:42 | More by allengarvin
Photo of brewQ


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

This replaced Boston Ale in the sampler I often pick up (with Wheat and Black the other beers).

For me, the Brown Ale is a suitable replacement for the Boston.

A nice brown/red color with fine carbonation; the aroma provides fruit and bread and some interest.

The taste delivers on the noise and I can see this as a regular every day beer for me.

The Boston Ale had so little to recommend it versus other pale ales.

I gotta believe the Boston Beer folks do a lot of analysis as they move beers in and out of the samplers. What a great test market.

Now, if only they could dump that Cranberry lambic!

02-08-2006 23:12:59 | More by brewQ
Photo of Brent


3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

A very middle-of-the-road take on the style. Poured brown, as one would expect, with a nice but short-lived head. Aroma was vague sweet malt. Malt flavor was moderated, with little emphasis on any roasted or dark qualities, yet not sweet, either. Some light acidity spiked toward the end, but hopping was low. Not a bad beer, but I wonder how well Boston Beer Co. will do with this, since it won't be much of a draw for adventurous drinkers, but I'm not sure a brown ale will attract mainstream drinkers, either.

02-08-2006 18:38:49 | More by Brent
Photo of ggaughan


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

A friend brought a few bottles of this over to the house to watch the Super Bowl. This is the first time I have tried the Brown Ale and thought it was a very good beer. Poured it into a nice goblet and it gave out a nice redish brown color with a thick off white head with some lacing. The smell has a nice malty/hoppy balance with a bit of sweetness. The taste is a nice toasted malty flavor with a bit of hoppy bite to it. This beer is very drinkable but does not leave you with alot of taste in your mouth for very long.

02-06-2006 04:03:29 | More by ggaughan
Photo of rowew


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

Presentation: Typical Sam Adams packaging, best by date notched on the side.

Appearance: Dark red brown color with a medium sized head, average retention.

Smell: Slight hint of hops, and biscuity malts.

Taste: Slightly thinner than I had expected. Taste is nicely balanced - solid middle of the road english brown. Nice balance of sweetness and hops.

Overall impression: Certainly not the most exciting beer out there, but a solid example of an English brown, and a good session beer.

02-06-2006 00:34:40 | More by rowew
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

This was a pleasant surprise. It came in a sampler 12 pack with a drink before 6/06 label. It poured a pretty red-brown color with a small head that dissipated quickly. A nice roasted, mildly fruity odor. It tastes roasted malt, slightly nutty, with some mild hoppiness that lingers. Somewhat carbonated, it feels a little thin in the mouth. An OK beer.

02-05-2006 14:17:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of dalherring


4.4/5  rDev +25.7%

This is a suprisingly good beer. It has a great brown color with a light creamy head. It is extremely smooth with a nutty aroma and taste that is strong, but balanced. This is the kind of brew that will become my default if I am buying at a place with little selection. Sam Adams has done it again.

02-05-2006 04:03:17 | More by dalherring
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle with drink before date of 6/06. Poured a medium brown with a small 1 finger head and OK lace. Decent malt aromas but not a lot of roastedness. Slightly biscuity with very slight chocolate smells. Again decent malt flavors, slightly buttery with mild roasted notes. Slightly fizzy and finishes dry. A bit watery though. A good session beer just not huge flavors. An OK offering from SA but nothing special.

02-05-2006 02:47:28 | More by sabrills70
Photo of PeatReek


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: thick chunky off-white head settles at about half an inch before the first sip. Body is deep copper, maybe a shade short of brown, but emminently see-throughable. Glass is nicely laced as the beer disappears.

Aroma: nutty, sweet, slightly toffee/caramel (the candy, not the malt) scent. Yeah, lots of that; I'm almost expecting peanut brittle here.

Taste & Mouthfeel: roasty, nutty, crisp attack. Toffee/caramel isn't coming through here, unfortunately. The roast flavor gives way to a nicely balanced bittersweet taste and somewhat thin body. The aftertaste is a bit sweet and sort of metallic.

Drinkability: boy, I love the smell, but that aftertaste is chasing me away.

02-04-2006 22:29:03 | More by PeatReek
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: Brown amber body tan two finger sized head leaves nice scattered lacing around my pint. Aroma: Roasted caramel malts with a toasted nut edge evident as well are the East Kent Goldings staying true to the British roots of the style. Taste: Mild caramel sweetness present with roasty toasted nut character goes nicely with the mild bitterness and herbal/citrus tones of the hops. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated though it did tickle the throat a bit with each sip. Drinkability: Nice production of an English style brown just not a style I would consume in number tasty but nothing extreme.

02-03-2006 19:50:51 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ypsifly


4/5  rDev +14.3%

12oz notched best before July poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown with lots of carbonation that creates and sustains a tall head of light tan. Nicely layered lace as it goes down.

Caramel malts, biscuits and euro hops in the nose. Nice balance.

The taste is a lot like the nose but with added hints of nuts and the hops come on a bit spicier. Clean dry finish.

Medium body that has a pleasant tingle from the carbonation. A solid session brew that is a good representation of the style.

02-03-2006 04:22:12 | More by ypsifly
Photo of Jason


3.5/5  rDev 0%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Two fingers of froth drop down to a thin tan lace that does have some retention by leaving a few rings on the glass. Deep reddish brown shows off a bright clarity.

S- Buttered English Muffin with a hint of sweet caramel and malted milk ball. Kiss of spiciness from the hops.

T&M- Mildly buttery within the modest malt character. Rounded toasty and caramel malt flavors are paired with a lightly spicy and balanced bitter hop. Light crispness in the medium body.

D- Simple, some would say pedestrian. Session beer but nothing out of the ordinary, pretty much every small brewer in the US as brewed a Brown Ale and this one does not stand out.

I personally think the public was wrong and they should have brewed the Bohemian Pilsner.

02-02-2006 01:53:04 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

12oz brown bottle, with a best before July 2006, pours a deep chestnut brown, bright, with copper and ruby hues. The slightly tan head is dense and creamy, sticking to the glass and retaining a creamy lace throughout.

Floral noble hop aroma from the East Kent Goldings hops, touch of spice and a slightly nutty malt backdrop. Overall, the aroma is quite clean and subtle.

Quite light on the palate with a semi-creamy mouthfeel, and a watery consistency. Semi-seltzery carbonation, with a "Burtonized" mineral character upfront. Spicy, dusty, leafy hop character with a flash of citrus bitterness and notes of sweet blood oranges with some salty rind trailing behind. Malt character comes across with tannic biscuit edge, nutty/peanut skins and subtle caramel notes within the moderate sweetness. Burst of grape, faint gum, then the beer descends into dryness. Toasty finish with tannins coating the palate, making for a not so clean linger.

A fairly pedestrian offering from Sam Adams, but a nice version of an English Brown Ale.

01-30-2006 15:40:52 | More by Todd
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