Schlafly Sessions American Brown - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 100
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (2,024 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Canned Apr 15 ,pours orange no where near brown with 2 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Faint toastyness, some sulphur

T: Pears, leafy & grassy hops, some sulphur up front, seems more like a bitter or ESB to me. Leafy hops, a touch of oxidation & a little toastyness finally showing up as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops & astringency

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation turns creamier as this warms

This doesn't seem like a brown to me. I will not buy this again, reminds me more of an average ESB (545 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a tumbler.

No head given with a red chestnut to dark brown body. Orange hues accents with no lacing present.

Nose has a mild nut and light cream but a sense of wetness.

Taste has a slight cream and nut but very prickly jarring noticeable carbonation. Texture seems a little flat but palate gives slight tannic nut with a watery sense.

Overall seems like all good components are here, but all dumbed down and watery. Too bad this is one of my favorite under the radar breweries but they didn't do so great here. (546 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance-Pours a very light brown/ deep amber color with a big and billowy two finger just off white head. The head fades quite slowly over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is mainly of a caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of a toasted malt aroma. Along with these smells are some light pine and earthy hop aromas producing a bit more of a hoppy smell then would have been expected for an American brown of its strength.

Taste – The taste starts out with a lightly toasted malt flavor with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades more toward the middle of the taste giving a rather dry profile to the brew. The toasted malt flavor is next met with some hop flavors of a slightly earthy and grassy nature more toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end a very light amount of a brown sugar flavor comes to the tongue. While the brown sugar arrives, the taste is still rather dry and, in the end, with a bit more hop flavors coming to the tongue, a dry, lightly roasted, and relatively thin and crisp hop flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The average carbonation level helps with keeping it crisp and refreshing, although the thinner body was not too great for the roasted malt flavors of the brew.

Overall- It is on the more refreshing side and does fit into the session style that it is going for, but really a brown ale is not the best to be looking for a session with as I think it is tough to support any real toasted flavors with such a weak body. Not a go to for me. (1,684 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with a 1/2 finger head

S - smells of sweet malts with a bit of a chocolate tone

T - sweet malts, which were followed by roasted malts on the finish and very faint bitterness. The taste was not as assertive as I would have liked.

M - very thin and a little too carbonated

D - This has a pretty good drinkability. I enjoyed it over a game of darts at the Tap Room. It was okay, but I was ready to move on to another once I was finished... (461 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (523 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What can only be described as the lightest coloring I've ever seen in a Brown Ale, the head built nicely but dissipated quickly.

The scent is so weak that I'm not sure what aroma I get. I think it's caramel malt but there's a lot of metallic undertone.

The taste is sweet caramel malt flavor with some prune and plum. Strong metallic bitterness rakes the tongue.

I am one who is sceptical about canned beer, despite the improvements in technology, but this seems to have been hurt by the canning process. (507 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (695 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a clear copper amber color with a thick creamy off-white head that reduces, leaving lots of lace behind. Definitely the lightest brown ale I've ever seen. Maybe they intended it to be consumed from the can?

S- very faint aromas of nutty toasted malt, a trace of hop bitterness and some skunk

T- nutty malt flavors with a toasted backbone, faint herbal hop bitterness with a touch of caramel, dry and toasted finish

M- medium body and carbonation with a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I get that this is a session beer, but it drinks more like an amber than a brown ale. It certainly can serve its purpose though, just not something to go to when looking for a lot of flavor (694 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Llywelyn's Pub in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $5.25. Tapped from the Gold Crested Tap Handle w/ a Dragon on it into a Traditional 16oz Guinness Nonic Glass.

Beer is branded Llywelyn's Brown Dragon Ale (Brewed exclusively for Llywelyn's by Schlafly).

Aroma- Very sweet and malty from the beginning. Has a nutty backgound and very clean.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger, off-white head that has weak retention. Has a dark brown color body that has good clarity. Barely any suds at all, forget lacing.

Flavor- Has a high malty flavor from the beginning and very sweet. Starts as if its going to be super strong but only hits the tongue like this for a second. Has a medium bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but only has sweet malts on the finish.

Overall Impression- Not sure I would call this one a dragon ale! Very light bodied for the style and was hoping more hops were in here but not at all! Good and refreshing but lacks strength and character. Have had twice now from Llywelyn's. (1,071 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of delta490
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- a nice clear brown with a heavily carbonated off white head. No retention and slight lacing.

S- little of note beyond a slight hint of sweetness and some earthiness.

T- sweetness dominates without any of the nuttiness associated with this style. More reminiscent of an ESB.

M- no issues here. A thinner mouthfeel but not bad.

O- not a bad beer, but lacking in many of the characteristics that make brown ales good. (421 characters)

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Schlafly Sessions American Brown from The Schlafly Tap Room
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