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Schlafly Sessions American Brown - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 101
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 27.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nogoodreason on 07-28-2005

Our American Brown Ale starts with a classic British brown recipe crafted with caramel and chocolate malts for sweetness and color. Then we fortify it with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops.

Like many of the progressive beer styles seen today, American Brown Ales developed out of the culture of home brewing in the United States. Often home brewers would begin with the traditional British brown ale recipe but replace the milder English hops with the more aromatic American varieties.

30 IBU
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Photo of nogoodreason
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at the brewpub recently.

Poured a very dark brown, with a fair bone colored head for a cask ale, especially one without a sparkler.

Nose was of chocolate and a warm bready aspect. The body was remarkably smoot and full, without being heavy.

The taste is caramel, chocolate and a bit of roast with more of that nice, bread pudding like character. It's very smooth and mild, with just enough hop in the finish to make it interesting.

A very nice offering from Schlafly, especially on cask.

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Photo of amicar
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice sunny day, time for a beer at the taproom.

Pulled from the cask with a dark brown clear beer with brown head. Almost looks like their stout. Smells nice and roasty with faint if any hoppiness on the nose. The taste is well- developed malt and roastiness again. Tastes really nice and feels beautiful in the mouth. But it does seem a little bit like "their stout, but lite. " Easy to kick this bad boy back. Not sure, bt I bet the ABV is a little bit lower.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this is the American Brown! I thought it was very pleasant.

Can into shaker pint, three finger tan head, with thick lacing as the beverage is consumed. Body is thick, and the carbonation is hardly present

Smells: Malt, toffee, and carmel

Taste toffee, chocolate, and carmel malt

Overall, this was a very pleasant beer with a thick mouthfeel. Although this isn't my favorite beer style, I'd have this again!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from cask at the Tap Room in St. Louis in July 2005.

This brown ale poured a clear, very deep red-brown color, almost opaque, with creamy, brown foam that persisted for a long time. The smell was cocoa and malt with a light hint of yeast. The taste was malty with light cocoa and moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and dry with medium body and low carbonation feel (cask). The finish and aftertaste were mild cocoa and caramel. Very nice, and very good on cask.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served relatively warm from the cask at Schlafly taproom.

Deep coffee brown, not a lot of head as served but good lacing.

Coffee/caramel malts, sweet brown sugar, a bit of chocolate and some citrus malt.

Tasted quite fine, outstanding within the brown ale category. Sweet, low bitterness, coffee and caramel, slight hops and citrus. You can "taste the cask" (or at least it had a similar background taste to the dry-hopped cask APA).

Feels a bit light for a brown, but otherwise pretty good.

Drinks highly. Within the category, definitely another glass is in order.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version served at the Tap Room.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a smooth one-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with hints of milk chocolate and good amounts of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly toasted malt flavors up front are joined by toffee and faint chocolate flavors before giving way to citrus hops and a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is a very well done American Brown and it came across very well from the cask. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Tap room the friday in March and found this brown beauty on tap from a 4 or 5 day on line cask.

Nursed the creamy head with is American hop aroma until my meal arrived. Served a little cool for a cask ale @ around 50 F.
Warming brought on its mild roasted malt with light caramel with some light fruitiness esters from the Chico "House Yeast" that I have often obtained from Schlaflys brewmaster Stephen Hale. This pairs well with most of the menue including my bratwurst plate.

Moderate carbonation with some beading showing through the clear medium brown beer. Little more lively than expect by nice for a lingering 30 min. drain of the VIP Imperial Pint (20 oz)

Aroma, Flavor and Mouthfeel very correct for this style. Nice job Stephen!

Very drinkable, I am wishing to stay with this one all night, but I have miles to drive before I sleep.

Been a few years since I have had this and its much better than I remember. Hitting the road with a growler.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, date stamped April 2013, served in a silipint.
Pours with a large tan head that has good retention. Clear brown. Sheets of sticky lacing get left on the glass with each tip,

Medium body. Medium but soft carbonation. Creamy feel. excellent for style.

This brown ale has all the sweet and roasted malt flavor one should expect from a brown, but adds a solid hoppy component. In fact, this brown is as hoppy as a pale ale. With a lasting roasted grain aftertaste, this ale packs a good amount flavor for a brew with a low ABV. Good sweet/bitter balance from start to finish.
Recommended.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good ol' Brown - done the American way! Pours with a slight haze to the mahogany brown beverage - thick ivory / light tan head that pops out a lace ring.

Sweet malty caramel in the aroma that progressing well into the quaff. Nutty and roasty that has (surprise!) a strong hop kick in the finish. A smooth and sweet initial impression transforms into a hoppy brew by the end. Nice and tasty - I could drink these all day or night - no hint of the 5.6%

This one doesn't come around near often enough - more American Brown!

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bottleworks on St. Patty's Day

A: This beer pours a chestnut brown with a one finger of off white head that recedes nicely. Film laced the top of this beer and leave a sticky coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of rich caramel malt, some chocolate notes and a minor citrus hop presence.

T: Taste starts with a rich sweetness. Caramel malts, and toffee really come through. The middle has a hint of nuttiness mingled with a light chocolate flavoring. A muted citrus hop bite finishes this brew.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, touch oily with a clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not a bowl you over rave about this beer but definitely a sessionable brown!

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Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one if Schlafly’s American Beer Month Specials. I was really hoping for a hopped up brown ale (sorry, no luck), but it’s still a decent offering. It poured a deep, clear brown with a thick creamy head, thanks to the cask pour. The smell is all roast malt with coffee and a dark caramel and a hint of chocolate. The malt flavors are there in the flavor too. Again the dark caramel, a mild nutty flavor and a hint of espresso. No hops to be found. Too bad. This beer had promise. Wonderful creamy mouth feel, and a medium alcohol warming give it a high drinakbility. This is really too close to their Nut Brown. Hop it up, and call me. I’ll be there.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, yeast, slight grain, and a doughy sweetness. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, yeast, and a slight grain. Overall, a good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of powerss13
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ST: In can, poured into glass

A: Darker brown look with little head

S: Roast aroma, some nuttiness to it. Get more of a malty aroma than hops

T: Roasted malt flavor with little hops. Taste light for a brown giving it a decent beer to have in hot weather without having to get too heavy of a beer.

MF: Smooth and has a good dry finish to it, making you want to take another swig.

O: Good beer to have. For a brown ale, at least comparing it to other browns that I have had, this is a lighter body making it more versatile (ie going out on a hot day).

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on April 4, 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like toasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and some grassy and herbal hops. The taste is the same as the aroma, I don't pick up any additional flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating, and it also smooth and goes down easy. It's a solid overall brew, nice and sessionable. $7.99 a 6-pack, I'd buy this again at that price.

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Photo of bnes09
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this one fresh from the source in St. Louis, MO.

Deep, hazy orange color with a thick, creamy, off-white head that maintains itself well and leaves a thick coat of lacing.

Smells rather sweet with hints of citrusy hops.

Taste follows the smell. Very citrusy with orange and apricot. Not at all what I would have expected from a brown ale. The hops aren't too strong and are balanced nicely with the smooth malt flavor.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel and finishes sweet.

Not a bad brew yet could use some work to get the taste closer to style. Well balanced with an interesting flavor. Not the greatest yet still glad I tried it.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel-amber from can. Huge, oversized head of foam, and some thick, ornate, and detailed lace.

Nose is caramel and nuts. Very malty, and pretty well spot-on for a brown ale.

Taste is toasty and malty, with a hint of roasted nuts. I get a snappy hops presence at the finish. Overall, solid, but not world class.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of light malts, a bit of dark bread. Taste is malty, caramel, a bit bready, some sweetness as well. Very sessionable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about two fingers of cream colored head with nice retention. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, and floral hops. Taste is more of the same with a lingering bitterness on the finish. A decent brown from Schlafly.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A quarter inch of biege foam rests on top of this copper brown beer with excellent clarity. I get caramel and biscuity amber malt in the aroma. I get caramel and amber malt and a nice bitterness from some very complimentary hops in the fade,but they are not present in the aroma. Mouth is pretty light but you get that nice tingle from the gentle hop fade. I've had this before and like how much it offers for a session able beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77 has come through with a CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! He finds 'em for me, I find 'em for him - it is a mutual benefit society we have established.

From the CAN: "Bold Flavor Alcohol 5.0% by Volume".

The Crack! unleashed a fair amount of foam so I CANtinued with a gentle pour, trying to avoid massive foaming, I was moderately successful, still ending up with two solid fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was more coppery than brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) wih NE-quality clarity. Nose had an interesting admixture of caramel malt sweetness underlain by a minty hoppiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, a drawback to these sessionable beers, I have found. Taste was rather sweet, very much toffee and caramel, but the minty hops came through to help it avoid being a total malt bomb. Finish had a clean minty flavor, inducing an Ah! moment. Still, I just felt like it was lacking something in total. It was not a bad beer, but just not my style and not worth returning to.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Almost black in the glass, clear ruby around the edges, one finger off white head that doesn't stay around for too long.

S-Good deal of caramel, roasted malt, toffee, candied sugar.

T-Starts with slight coffee, caramel, toffee and grass. No bitterness or hop presence.

M-light, watery and flat.

O-No where near the best brown ale out there, only benefit is that it comes in a can.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate throughout, Schlafly's new American-style Brown Ale hits home with all the classic flavors found in English Brown Ales, except with a pleasantly heightened hop character to better balance the beer. And with higher attenuation, the beer's drier mouthfeel allows for greater ease of drinkability. Less fruity and an overall simplified palate gives this beer a lot to celebrate.

The beer pours with the stallwart brown color and with nearly perfect clarity, showing off garnet highlights. An off-white head of creamy stature caps the beer with great persistance and moderate lace. A solid but expected appearance for American Browns.

Medium aromas of chocolate, toast, nuts, and a grassy citrus note emits from the glass. The balanced nose never allows dominance from one aspect of the beer, but carry the scent in a melded and focused sense.

Flavors become a very direct carryover from the scent. Initial toffee sweetness from malt develops into an overall 'malty' taste that's accompanied by coco-rich chocolates, medium toast, walnuts, and somewhat rich taste of malted milk at mid palate. The hop flavor of citrus and freshly cut grasses also develop at the mid point and continutes a transition to clean grassy/citrusy bitterness to finish the beer. Where I would have preferred more attention from the hops, this beer stands just beyond what English versions perscribe.

Medium mouthfeel to start allows for the creamy carbonation to carry the beer into the mid palate. but the fleeting carbonation and quickly drying finish leaves an empty feel just before the finish. Though drinkability is high, I wish that the malty-rich body extended further and that the citrusy hop flavor and bitterness had greater showing to help round out the beer and a higher sense of dryness in the end.

Overall, Schlafly's American Brown Ale is a very easy drinking Brown Ale that's likely to complement a wide range of food pairings. Clean, crisp, and casual the beer is effortless in drinkability but yet somewhat forgetable.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink from a can...I figured If I'm buying a session beer from a can it's because I'm going to drink it on the beach, river, lake or someplace I don't want the weight of bottles or the possibility of breaking a glass container...so my review will be based on it's taste out of a can.

Nothing to report visually except the can is a nice brown/neon green.

Sweet caramel and some malty bread on the nose.

Light mouth feel, medium carbonation, nutty on the front end followed by sweet caramel popcorn. The finish is quick, slightly bitter but fades fast. Left with a pleasant honey bread on the tongue.

Overall not bad for a session in a can...you do get a little aluminum on the first couple of swallows but my buds adjusted. I took this fishing and enjoyed several on the boat...it was nice to have something better than a BMC. That said, this is 5% ABV...most BMC sessions are around 4.2 give or take...there are many good craft beers out there at 5%...why not just put them in a can and market them as a session?

I think Browns are usually pretty boring, as with most Browns this one tasted better as it warmed. Good, not great.

Update: I had a second America Brown in a snifter later in the day...nice deep arburn color, great off white head, mild lacing. Still watery light on the mouth feel but had a much richer/fuller smell and taste...much better in the glass than the can.

I should probably change my rating up a .25 on everything but mouth feel but won't because I will only buy this to drink out of a can when the situation calls for it.

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Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant medium brown with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is comprised of toasted malt, nuts, and lightly floral hops.

Flavor reveals more nutty malt backbone, with a minerally, almost metallic finish. There's a slightly roasted taste at the finish, which leaves the palate with a bitter feeling.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Fairly roasty and bitter, considering the style. Nothing extraordinary, but a flavorful brew. The metallic flavor is a bit offputting.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a cask: pours dark brown into Schlafly pint glass with a small amount of carbonation. Smell is malts with small hints of chocolate and caramel. Taste is good but nothing too special, some malts, small hints of coffee and chocolate with a pinch of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, very light but appropriate for this style of beer. I could drink a few more of these and enjoyed this but I prefer others to this one.

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Schlafly Sessions American Brown from The Schlafly Tap Room
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