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Schlafly Sessions American Brown - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: nogoodreason on 07-28-2005)
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3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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).

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 22:39:47 | More by powerss13
Photo of Eaglefan344


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-20-2013 03:13:09 | More by Eaglefan344
Photo of bigred89


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-19-2013 14:23:38 | More by bigred89
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

05-18-2013 18:22:33 | More by spycow
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-18-2013 15:01:57 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of bluejacket74


3.76/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:34:30 | More by bluejacket74
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

05-13-2013 01:49:07 | More by jacewg
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

05-10-2013 12:13:48 | More by Schlafly33
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-07-2013 20:25:39 | More by dalepryor
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

04-29-2013 19:33:27 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

04-10-2013 02:01:09 | More by zeff80
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

03-27-2013 16:10:18 | More by Jamison85
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 17:37:35 | More by BEERchitect
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

01-28-2012 03:57:38 | More by jdtinthelbc
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

01-16-2012 20:28:56 | More by SAbeerME
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

11-20-2011 02:51:39 | More by captainbearcat
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 20:41:51 | More by seth72104
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 21:58:19 | More by smakawhat
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 06:11:36 | More by DCon
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4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-06-2010 17:56:45 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Tone


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 22:44:16 | More by Tone
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 15:41:23 | More by Jayli
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-10-2010 01:30:48 | More by bnes09
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4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-03-2009 04:19:01 | More by glid02
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4/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 19:46:17 | More by Vancer
Schlafly Sessions American Brown from The Schlafly Tap Room
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