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Neustadt 10w30 - Neustadt Springs Brewery

Neustadt 10w30Neustadt 10w30

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BA SCORE
82
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100 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Neustadt Springs Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional dark English Mild. The term mild meaning “not bitter” does not refer to strength. Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and imported specialty malts. Giving rich malt and light nut aromas and mellow malt and good hop notes to the palate. A smooth and easy drinkable ale.

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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a trip to Ottawa last month. Shared with my wife with our frozen Miked pizza.

Poured from a 473ml. can, best before 03-06-11.

Appearance: A light beige head (2-3 fingers) rests upon a brown-red body where i can sort of see the shape of my fingers through the glass. Great lacing and retention.

Smell: Grainy with some hops and slight roasted notes.

Taste: Roasted at first with some very slight bitterness and a tiny bit of charcoal.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and it screams smooth. Slightly thin in the finish though. Not a terribly strong body.

Drinkability: A nice smooth one that goes down easy. It could have used a bit more flavor though.

Overall: I liked it but i get the feeling that in a few months i won't remember it. Not a memorable wrong but a decent shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:32:04 | More by papat444
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yes the 10W30 is also a beer, not just a high viscosity engine oil. But when you pour the Neustadt version you may get confused as to which is which. Well, not really - there is quite a big difference between a dark brown ale and engine oil. But the point is that the 10W30 was designed to be a dark, malty, rich and creamy brown ale that would resemble the depth of engine oil. Point taken.

This is a classic English Style Premium Dark Mild Beer. What does that mean? Its very malty, only lightly bitter, has creamy and nutty flavors with a smooth, and just lightly carbonated texture. I like these, especially when done well. They can be so satisfying and delicious, and make the perfect pairing with a huge range of foods, deserts and cheeses.

This version was brewed in Neustadt Ontario, pretty much in the middle of nowhere right between Kitchener and Owen Sound. But if you are ever lost in that area of Ontario, the brewery is absolutely worth the visit. It shouts craft beer a million miles away, as does the 10W30. The 10W30 is widely available in Ontario at practically all well stocked LCBO locations. It comes in a 473ml can at 5.5% abv, and is best enjoyed fresh, and should not be cellared. I have come back to this beer so many times and am always superbly satisfied. If you ever see it on draught, and it does make its way around, you have to try it. The draught version accentuates the creamy and smooth mouthfeel to a level of sheer perfection.

I poured the 10W30 cool around 10C (50F) into an English Tulip Pint Glass. It poured smoothly building huge life the second it hit the glass. A large fluffy and airy tan to light mocha brown head was formed a good 2 inches on top the beer forming a creamy and mountainous cap. The beer glowed a transparent dark amber brown leaning on red brick. Into the light ruby reds and golden brown peered through with a glow of mahogany and oak always lingering in the back.

The nose is lightly sweet but very malty. It is soft and not overly powerful, but very apparent roast malts and grains float into your olfactory sensors. A touch of whiskey-like sweetness shows up on the end with a hint of peat and mossy earth. Little if any hops are noticeable, but the beer comes off as very clean and rather subtle.

Letting in a large gulp brings a big round wave of juicy malt flavors that initially favor browned butter and caramel, but smoothly fade into brown sugar, molasses, vanilla bean, and roasted walnuts. The malt is wide and flowing touching your tongue, cheeks and throat with elegantly smooth, but richly flavorful grain-like flavors. Here again, from the grain, comes a touch of the whiskey and mossy peat flavor. It adds a nice layer of complexity and also a some bitterness to balance a malt focused beer.

Theres no hiding it though, this is a malty beer, and it was designed to be. As the beer warms bigger nut flavors develop, as does a creamy and mellow toffee sweetness and smoother flavors of prunes and bread dough. Hops are only lightly floral, and can't really play a role here with the strength of the malt. There is a light bitter cocoa flavor that hides in at the end, and another round soft nutty flavor that I can't quite pin.

The mouthfeel is very soft and silky - the beer has very little carbonation to speak of, and does work brilliantly with the flavors found here. This was a well constructed beer and leaves me with a sweetly malty flavor in my mouth wanting more.

This all makes it a very versatile beer. It is not aggressive or potent, it just has big round and lush flavors that sooth the palate in a mellow sweet, and slightly warming manner. I would start with cheese, aiming for melty brie, smoked cheeses, old white cheddar or gouda. This beer will also fit anything roasted or anything with char marks. It may have been designed for the pub, and as such try anything fried or smoked as well. It would even do well with cheesecake or rich chocolate deserts.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:04:05 | More by StephenRich
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light dark ale with a small foamy head with minimum retention and lacing. Aroma consists of lightly roasted malt with little else noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some light roasted malt with some even lighter caramel note. I thought this was way too watery and thin to be truly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 18:22:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, ruby red. Full sticky head.

S - Tons of malt and fruit are forefront, with an underlying sweet tone.

T - Rich, malty flavours - nutty, fruity, and tons of roasted goodness. Slight tartness that seems to go with high levels of roastedness, and a solid bracing bitterness finishes it off.

M - This ain't no light lager. Solid thick body sticks around in the mouth. Carbonation is moderate.

D - Overall, quite good. A nice sessionable beer if you like something with a solid flavour.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:16:17 | More by allergictomacros
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very malty. Roasted malts.

Colour is brown. Average size white head. Ok head retention.

It tastes malty sweet. Flavours of coffee, chocolate, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Mouthfeel is ok. Medium bodied. Carbonation level is good (not too high).

Overall I like it, I will drink it again, and I reccommend it to any malt head.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 22:01:19 | More by BrewSomerville
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color with hues of reddish cherry wood and bronze. Medium head of white foam remained consistant. Lower levels of carbonation.

S: Rich grain and buttery malts. Mild spice notes, with fresh sweet hay and grassy afterthoughts. Very nice.

T: Rich dark malty flavors blend with a burst of roasted nuts. A mild grain element is present, as is a dry wheat flavor. Light and dry molasses flavor toward the finish adds complexity, yet stays in line with the style.

M: A little on the light side, but still appropriate for the style. Mild carbonation noted on the palate.

D: Not bad. This would be an ideal brew for the fall months of the year.

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the 12 oz. sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:20:31 | More by Frozensoul327
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goo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

340ml bottle no best before date.

Not quite motor oil but does pours a very dark not cloudy amber brown. The head fades to lacing fairly quickly. You can pick up on some interesting malt characteristics in the smell. The bottle wasn't joking when it said "malty grain premium dark ale". Taste is similar to the smell. The malt is a bit sweet. There is a bit of a coffee like finish to it although it’s derived from the malt as the ingredients would tell you no such ingredient exists. The carbonation is fairly mild which I tend to like and I could have a few. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 03:27:10 | More by goo
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like the label and name of this beer. It pours a deep brown with plenty of ruby glints. The head exceptionally long lasting and leaves dense sheets of tan lace of the glass. The aroma is The taste is richly malty with caramel, cookie dough and chocolate flavors in the front. Theres a mildly astringent grain bitterness as well. Hops are always present and build to a crescendo in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with tiny carbonation bubbles.

This beer isnt as thick as the name would have you believe, but its still a very full flavored, full bodied brown ale. Im surprised it has such low reviews, its definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 05:42:49 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice chesnut colour, quickly dimishing head, partial film and spotty lace.

Aroma is a two-headed sort of creature. At times fruity and malty, but often smelling harshly of alcohol or chemicals.

Quite thin and brutally metallic when first poured. Softens a bit once it's been in the glass a while. Vaugely fruity.

Overall, very disappointing. Not very many attractive characteristics and some real rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 23:36:55 | More by TerryW
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review of this beer after picking up a 473 ml can from the LCBO.

Appearance - Cola brown pours into pint glass giving rise to 1/2 finger of off-white head which dissipates quickly. Beer itself is deep ruby red when held up to direct light.

Smell - Chocolate, kiss of cherry, slight bready malts. Maybe a few other dark fruits thrown in. Focus is definitely cherry and chocolate.

Taste - Slightly boozy dessert, fruit filled dark chocolate. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A touch too boozy for my tastes after initial fruit explosion up front.

Mouthfeel - Medium finish and carbonation, with a certain richness to it that clearly indicates "This is not a light beer." Nice smooth feel in the mouth.

Overall - Not sure what the problem on why I didn't enjoy this last time, whether my tastes have changed, or whether pouring this into a glass made that much of a difference. Pretty damn good beer, but restricted to no more than a couple.

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 21:12:20 | More by DenisKolkin
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Special thanks to cattersley for sending this brew out west.

A: Clear dark brown with slight ruby hue when held to the light. Minimal light tan head which dissipated rather quickly leaving traces of lacing.

S: Brown sugar together with caramel and molasses, dried figs and hints of toasted nuts.

T: Sweet syrups of molasses, caramel, toffee and maple syrup with background notes of dried figs, toasted nuts and yeast. Very subtle bitter notes of hops in the finish.

M: Smooth light to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O: This is a very malt forward beer with great flavours of caramel, molasses and dark fruits. The lack of any noticeable hops leaves this somewhat unbalanced.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 23:28:38 | More by FondueVoodoo
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is worty with maybe a slight tartness.

Taste starts with ample grain character, a light fruitiness in the middle, closes soft and clean. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Could be a nice regular drinker.

Serving type: can

12-04-2012 22:58:27 | More by ppoitras
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "classic" Ontario craft beers which I remember drinking long before the current re-awakening. Haven't bought in a long time and it's a nice, malty and smooth change of pace.

Pours a clear brown with red notes, small head with minimal lacing. Aroma is almost purely of caramelized malts with hints of wood & rye. Malt-forward flavour also has earthy and tea elements plus some nuttiness in the finish.

Definitely a good example of a British brown.

Serving type: can

08-18-2012 23:15:11 | More by hopsolutely
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Black Tomato in Ottawa, Ontario. Poured into pint glass, a deep brown with very little head. Nice slightly sweet malty aroma. Taste is of sweet but roasted malts and toffee. Also a bit of dried fruit, but very slight...its a bit thin, but no big deal.
Overall, a really nice Ale. Much more complex than I thought it would be. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 00:11:31 | More by DrinkSlurm
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can to pint glass.

A - Medium to dark brown with a very slight ruby glow at some of the edges. A small amount of cream coloured head formed on the pour and disappeared rather quickly.

S - Sweet brown sugar and toffee up front. Some maple syrup aroma in the background. Fairly sweet overall.

T - Very sweet up front - molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, dark caramel. Not much bittering at all. The flavour profile is nice but this is just too sweet for me.

M - Light to medium body; smooth. Light carbonation.

O - Good flavours but cloyingly sweet. Couldn't finish the pint.

Serving type: can

02-05-2012 01:56:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. A bid light tan head on a clear brownish ruby. Lots of foamy lacing. Good head retention.

Bright malt smells. Mild toasted malt in the taste.. Dead leaved. A sour overtone. Toasty malts bring up the rear with a hop twist at the end.

Medium body and carbonation. Not bad overall. Some unusual flavours. A little strong to be a session beer.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 03:43:50 | More by scott451
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PeerlessMark

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.70 for a 473ml can from the LCBO.

Thick frothy cream coloured head that dissipates at a reasonable speed. A nice fine head lingers. A deep amber mahogany coloured beer that turns white light red when held up.

I get a lot of nuttiness in the aroma and a bit of roasted caramel.

The taste for me is quite metallic and a bit salty. I keep getting nuts and maltiness too. It's a very satisfying mouthfeel, refreshing and warming all at once. Quite creamy the whole way through. The carbonation is quite subtle.

Very easy to drink and smooth, actually almost a tad watery. Very good brown ale from Neustadt Brewery in Ontario and I'm glad we get to have this on shelves year round.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 02:31:16 | More by PeerlessMark
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can. BBF 17-12-2011

A- Big frothy head. Dark reddish brown.

S- Malty caramel. A little one-dimensional.

T- Malty, of a sweet caramel type. A little too mild and watery overall. Faint flash of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and that seems to build as I drink.

MF- Medium bodied. Leabes the mouth wet. With the sweetness, it reminds a bit of a softdrink.

D- Easy to drink. Nothing off-putting. But a little bland and unbalanced towards the sweet side.

Serving type: can

12-29-2011 01:36:05 | More by JOaikido
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Seanont

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer last year out of the can but had it again last night on tap. I really enjoyed it allot more on tap.

Pours almost a root beer color with a nice malty layer of head.

The taste is malty and coco. Smooth light tasting brown ale that is very enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 20:46:31 | More by Seanont
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO; BB date January 2012. I'm always down for a new brown, and this is the first time I've seen 10W30 at my store. I let this one warm up a bit on the counter before pouring instead of serving it at fridge temperature.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some reddish-copper highlights under the light. Atop this sits a robust, nearly two-finger light tan-coloured creamy head, which lasts a few minutes before dissipating to a creamy collar and film. Not a lot of lacing. The aroma is quite pleasing, with notes of molasses, cocoa, vague bits of coffee and dark fruit and plenty of dark roasted malts.

Now this is a brown ale. The taste is dominated by roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate. Molasses and almond notes. Mostly sweet, but there is some noticeable cocoa and coffee grind drying bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel aided by the low carbonation.

Tasty stuff, tons of great malt flavour without going overboard and winding up in 'cloying' territory. Definitely worth a shot, and something I will likely pick up again as this is one of the better brown ales I've had in the last year or so.

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 22:30:47 | More by thehyperduck
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aletale

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for quite some time now, after enjoying their Scottish ale.

The beer pours a dark copper colour, revealing a small, quickly diminished head and little to no lacing.

The smell is...wow...malty! There is a strong blast of roasted malts, primarily chocolate, with no hop balance to speak of. Very tasty smelling.

Taste is odd. The chocolate-y malts are most evident, but it is lacking in just about everything else. The beer finishes awkwardly, lacking any kind of hop bite, and features an odd aftertaste. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it. The light carbonation and light mouthfeel make this very easy-drinking.

Fans of Newcastle Brown, Old Speckled hen and the like will enjoy. It's not excellent, but true to the style and tasty.

Serving type: can

08-27-2011 01:38:04 | More by aletale
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Reddish coca-cola (cherry cola?) Head completely gone in both my friend and my serving. Not very pretty. Second pour left a bit of khaki head.

S- Milk chocolate with a light fruitiness. A little bit of alcohol. Not impressed yet.

T- Better. With a name like 10w30 I was thinking it was going to be something big and rich. It's actually not. Should've read the rest of the can... Premium Dark Ale. It's a pretty good dark ale. A little roasty but still light. A bit of a metallic drywall taste which I don't like. Bitterness is kind of dirty.

M- A bit too thin but not too bad. Very dry, astringent even. Low carbonation.

O- Tastes wrong to me. Dirty chemical bitterness. A bit to thin In my opinion. Kind of refreshing though.
Don't think I'll ever buy it again.

Serving type: can

07-29-2011 21:23:07 | More by Yoonisaykul
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1/2 finger with a creamy beige head - colour of motor oil - s - sweet dark malt - T - sweet dark malt, caramel, a little cloying but not unpleasant, dark fruit and peppery spice - M - decent carbonation and medium bodied, slightly bitter - O - very decent brew that was much better than I expected

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 18:02:44 | More by Stocean1
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderatly and has a bit of lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, roasted malts, chocolat and fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very malty taste. Very roasty malts with chocolaty and caramely notes with a slight fruitiness and a bit of grassy hops that add a slight bitterness .

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice balance of malts.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Good Brown Ale.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 00:47:54 | More by SebD
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Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, reddish chocolate brown with a small, frothy tan head. Gradually dissipates to a ring of foam, and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Loads of roasted and chocolate malts, with brown sugar, caramel, and cocoa notes. Strongly nutty and fruity, reminiscent of candied figs and plums, and just a whiff of floral hops.

T: Sweet brown and caramel malts give way to roasted malt with an earthy, nutty character and bitter cocoa undertones, mingling with candied fruits and brown spice notes. Hint of woody, slightly floral hops in the finish.

M: Body on the light end of medium with faint and smooth carbonation, slightly sticky and a bit heavy. The roasty bitterness of the finish balances out the sweet malt and slightly syrupy body, lingering just long enough before fading.

D: Although it won its accolades in competitions back in 2004, 10W30 is still a strong, to-style English brown ale well worth trying. It isn't very sessionable, but great for a cold day. Other reviewers have already noted this, but I'll say it again: you must let it warm a bit, even just 15 minutes, to get the full flavour.

Serving type: can

06-26-2011 21:53:58 | More by Kartoffeln
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Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.