Missouri Brown Dark Ale - Trailhead Brewing Co

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Missouri Brown Dark AleMissouri Brown Dark Ale

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trailhead Brewing Co visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2002

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by MJR:
Photo of MJR
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pmcadamis
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cubbyswans
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of hotstuff
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.65/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of karst
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Tuey13
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beernut7
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Vancer
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz. bottle with a sea green label that has a fuzzy drawing of a large Brown bear fishing in the Missouri River. To the far left of the label is the brewery's address and to the far right is the Government warning. No back label, but there is a neck label that talks about Trailhead Brewery.

When poured into a DFH pint glass, this Brown Ale was a deep dark cola brown with quite a few dark ruby streaks along the sides of the beer. On top of this cola colored beer was a small skim of off white colored foam. This tiny head of foam had OK retention that left behind a tiny string of rings and about 2 miniature spots of lace around the glass.

This beer smelled exactly like caramel flavored cappuccino. That was basically it for the aroma. There was very little hiding behind the thick caramel cappuccino aroma. The only aroma I got after the cappuccino was a subtle whiff of toasted caramel malts. A little diversity in the aroma would have been nice.

The taste was sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma. But like the aroma, there wasn't much to it either. The taste was on the sweet side with a ton of sweet caramel, a hint of toasted caramel malts, a sliver of yeast, and a dash of sweet sugar at the finish line. Even though I almost described every sweet beer flavor in the book, it still wasn't as sweet as the aroma was.

This Brown Ale was a light bodied beer with a dry and lightly sweet aftertaste of toasted caramel malts, a splash of yeast, a touch of sweet caramel, and a dash of candy sugar. It was in the aftertaste where the malts ruled over the taste and not the sweet caramel.

Overall, it wasn't a bad Brown Ale, but it just too sweet for me sometimes. I wouldn't go out of way to try this Brown Ale again. If you have a single of this beer, that's good enough. You don't need any more than that. Despite me slashing away at this beer, I would still like to thank Donny2120 for giving me the opportunity to try this uncommon Missouri born Brown Ale.

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub: This brew is a dark brown color with a thin beige head and sheets of lacing. Charred malt and coffee in the nose. Medium, smooth body with flavors of toasted malt, coffee and a touch of hops. The finish is sweet malt followed by a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. On the right track compared to most of their other beers but still pretty unremarkable.

Photo of Offa
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decently good, but one-dimensional brown ale with too much bitterness and too little character or sweetness to support it.

Very dark brown, it had a small pale tan head soon thinning to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma was very simple and basically dark toastiness.

Taste was lightly bitter roastiness up front, hint of caramelized gingerbread sweetness, but soon was dominated by the roasty bitterness with little else to back it up, making it bland and simply bitter and roasty so that it did not go very well with food and was tiresome alone.

Missouri Brown Dark Ale from Trailhead Brewing Co
81 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.