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Missouri Brown Dark Ale - Trailhead Brewing Co

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Missouri Brown Dark AleMissouri Brown Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trailhead Brewing Co visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2002)
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MJR

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

Appearance: Very dark brown with a touch of garnet here and there. A decent-size tan head disappears quickly, and leaves little lace.

Smell: A touch of caramel and a heavy roasted scent.

Taste: Lots of caramel sweetness followed by a strong roasted flavor, which is odd considering they call this a brown ale. It's closer to a porter... No hops to speak of, as this beer is all malt.

Mouthfeel: Decent medium-thickness, rounded mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's not a bad brown ale, it's just a little confused over what style it's supposed to be. I could drink a few of these, if nothing outstanding was available.

12-09-2002 16:53:07 | More by MJR
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Dark brown brew with a light tan head that shows pretty decent retention and leaves a little bit of webby lace on the glass.

S - Chocolate and cream. Milk and dark chocolate nougat notes combine with some creamy nut aromas to make a very pleasant nose.

T - Whipped milk chocolate mousse with a hint of nut flavors. Not to shabby.

M - A bit on the light side for the style. Slightly overcarbonated too. I would prefer my brown ales to be a bit more smooth to match the flavors.

D - An average brown ale. Pretty good stuff, but I get the feeling that with a few changes this could be a really good beer. The flavors are there, but something about the mouthfeel just doesn't quite fit, and as with almost all of trailhead's beers, it seems a bit underflavored.

06-12-2008 03:32:17 | More by pmcadamis
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cubbyswans

Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%

had a finger of head that left a bit of lacing as I drank this. All in all a pretty bland beer. I can taste the toasted malt along with a fairly pronounced coffee. This seemed like a Mr. Beer kit kind of beer to me. It doesn't taste bad, but it's not memorable at all. After one, I really didn't want another.

07-22-2008 19:48:14 | More by cubbyswans
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

This beer poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-large sized bubbles that was fully diminishing.The body of this beer was semi-opaque and it had a brown hue.The nose was malty and also of coffee.The flavor had notes of coffee with a smooth mouthfeel.Just a so-so brown ale.Nothing to write home about.

11-01-2003 22:25:42 | More by hotstuff
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2013 02:41:22 | More by Eaglefan344
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MTNboy

Germany

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%

This beer has a sweet chocolaty aroma. It is probably one of their better tasting beers although it is not much to look at. There not much for head or lace and it is overall a flat beer. I had to give it a hard pour just to get a little off white head. There wasn't much for lace either. Full bodied beer despite the lack of carbonation. Tastes good strong wood and chocolate esters. Roast like bitter not hop like bitter.

02-17-2010 01:05:16 | More by MTNboy
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-31-2013 22:38:16 | More by crobinso
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +29.2%

Tasted at the Trailhead Brewpub on 02/23/06.

Dark brown in color with a decent tan head. A nice robust American Brown Ale with nice chocolate, coffee, and caramel balance in both aroma and flavor. Medium bodied and smooth with a lightly dry bitter coffee finish. Smooth !

A very nice American Brown Ale ... Their best regular offering hands down and second best offering overall after the Seasonal Pumpkin Ale.

Per TBC website: 5 malts

04-11-2006 18:43:34 | More by RBorsato
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karst

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

This is the one we debated about bring home in a growler.

Deep mahogany with ruby highlights held to stong sunlight. Smallish head but nice lace. Aroma was very weak. A toasted barley and Chocolate malt give it some bitterness (not hops). A lightbody. Fairly drinkable if the Chololate malt did not burn you out.

No growler!

01-23-2005 18:18:37 | More by karst
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a one-fingered light brown head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. No doubt this is a dark - really opaque. Medium carbonation. Nose is raisiny. Starts smooth and a strong raisin presence, malt and hops are evenly mixed. A sour fruit finish.

12-15-2003 00:04:21 | More by jdhilt
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Tone

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a dark brown with 1/4 inch head. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, but overall a very limited aroma. Fits the style of a brown ale. Has a crisp, smooth feel with low carbonation. Tastes sweet mostly, the malt and possibly caramel are noticeable. Overall, not a strong bodied brown, but not too bad.

12-24-2008 14:23:38 | More by Tone
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

Drank this at the Trailhead Brewery on 9/17/06.

The color was a very dark brown with a nice tan head. The aroma was malty with strong chocolate and coffee scents. Could smell a bit of the alcohol in my nose when sniffed. I loved the flavor! Slightly sweet with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor with a bit of caramel to finish off. Very smooth indeed. I took a few bottles with me to bring home as well. The flavor was almost identical out of the bottle when pored into a glass, but didn't have that just poured flavor that comes from the tap.

09-23-2006 23:07:38 | More by Tuey13
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Served this American Brown Ale on tap, in a pint glass at the brewery. It pours a dark brown color, produces a thin tan head, features poor head retention, but it did produce an average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma had some hints of roasted malt and faint trace of coffee. The beer was light in body, smooth, watery up front that gave way to a malty, coffee and caramel finish. Easy to drink, decent session beer....Overall very average.

08-08-2011 02:29:49 | More by GossageBrewery
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justinp

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-20-2012 00:12:04 | More by justinp
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NateMac13

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-17-2012 16:09:43 | More by NateMac13
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

This one poured a nice brown color with a slight red hue, a smallish off-white head and a little lacing. There is a nice malty aroma of chocolate and some slight coffee notes as well. The flavor is somewhat shallow and not as complex as the nose. The body is also a bit weak for the look.

09-29-2003 00:44:48 | More by AtLagerHeads
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +27.2%

This is an interesting brown ale. The lighter brown color with no head does not seem very inviting and the light aroma only builds he question of quality. The flavor, however, is a different story. An initial clean roasted malt flavor wakes up the taste buds and then defers to a chocolate malt flavor with a nice lingering bitterness and smooth crisp caramel sweetness. A very good brew.

10-19-2002 19:27:11 | More by beernut7
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gaffm

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-29-2012 23:42:01 | More by gaffm
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Vancer

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Trailhead’s flagship offering (to me). The pour was a very deep brown with a beauty of a brownish head that left lace after lace on the way down. A weak, but good aroma of chocolate malt that lasted throughout in the taste. Very smooth, although thin feel and drinkablity.

Dave the bartender says this one is around 7% ABV – could drink these all evening. (and have). Alcohol is not noticeable so these will sneak up on you during a session.

01-31-2005 17:17:16 | More by Vancer
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strangebrew1981

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-12-2013 23:05:25 | More by strangebrew1981
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

Color is clear, deep, dark brown like varnished oak, poured with a good tannish head that sat about two fingers high, but faded fast leaving very little lace, but still had some small bubbles around the edge. Aroma is mostly roasted malt, somewhat sweet and dark, very close to a toffee and caramel candy smell. Taste is pretty good, super smooth and clean, very little bitterness, flavor is all roasted malt thats just faintly sweet like caramel. No real hop presence, but that didn't seem necessary, cuz this was all about the malt. Feels a little empty, could be bolder, its favoredly medium bodied just a bit leaning to the lighter body. Has a good clean feel overall with the perfect maltiness for easy drinkin'. I actually liked this stuff alot. Just a bit more boldness and thicker and there ya go, probably the perfect mild brown.

04-03-2003 10:59:16 | More by tavernjef
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JHell1975

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25%

07-08-2013 21:41:35 | More by JHell1975
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

The Missouri Brown Dark Ale was sampled at the brewpub. It poured to give a beautiful, very dark brown beer. There was almost no detectable aroma. The taste was sweet and malty with only a trace of hops. The finish contained trace flavors of carmel and coffee. The mouthfeel was very good: smooth and low carbonation -- very good for the style. The drinkability was very good.

12-31-2002 16:10:21 | More by UncleJimbo
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Well after the first beer I tried I felt I was a bit brutal with my review. This one has body, aroma and flavor, horay I found a real beer!! Nice dark appearance, no head. Has a nice chocolate taste to it, the over maltiness is good. Not a bad beer and much better than the blonde

02-27-2010 02:59:03 | More by 1fastz28
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev 0%

Pours a very dark brown with a small off-white head that leaves some thin lacing. Not too much of a smell. A little roasted malt. Taste is sweet mostly, with a little roasted malt in the middle, finishing up with some hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Drinkability is pretty decent. A decent brown.

11-02-2006 05:42:21 | More by hckyfn9999
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Missouri Brown Dark Ale from Trailhead Brewing Co
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