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Pullman Brown Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Pullman Brown AlePullman Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: younger35 on 04-17-2008

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Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 162
Reviews by GPHarris:
Photo of GPHarris
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, recipe #128 written on bottle

a - poured a two-fingers thick rocky tan head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - syrup and cocoa.
t - molasses and other malts with some chocolate flavors.
m - thick and chewy, very creamy.
o - now this is one of the best brown ales i've ever had. it may be the best. so flavorful and rich and the mouthfeel is as good as it gets.

More User Reviews:
Photo of boatshoes
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Given this by Sproser at the BA Blackout release this year after I snuck an Abyss '08 into the release party to split with him so he could have a taste (managed to just get it poured before some really pissed bartenders confiscated my empty bottle!!!) with me. Thanks man, made the release memorable!

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown into my tankard with a an enormous tan head bubbling up in my glass. Well over three fingers of puffy head that has amazing retention and only very gradually dies back to about half a finger that sticks around for the rest of the drink. Some sticky lacing left down the side of the glass as I drink as well. Very nice looking beer with amazing head.

Smell- Lots of sweet malt and roastiness come through in a big way in the nose. Brown sugar and molasses come through pretty heavy as well. Smells sweet but with enough roasted scents to make it interesting and appetizing.

Taste- Mmmm, I like this one. Much of the same as the nose. Huge notes of brown sugar and malt with very noticeable molasses undertones as well. Plenty of roastiness as well and maybe just the slightest hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great carbonation that isn't overly aggressive despite the massive head. Meaty but not overly thick mouthfeel. Really goes down easy.

Overall, possibly my new favorite brown ale. I really liked this one and probably could have polished off another bomber after the first if I had another...try it if you can.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Nice big creamy tan head. The body was thick and black with no visible carbonation.

S- Very clean smell but it had hints of floral hops and a bit of chocolate or roasted malt. The end had a bit of a spicy note aswell.

T- It started with a sweet but roasted barley flavor and a slight hint of chocolate. The spicy resinous hops were a balance to the malt and there was some prune or black strap molasses in the background. It finished with a slight alcoholic warmth.

M- The mouthfeel felt slippery but still creamy and there was a slight alcohol warmth at the end.

D- I feel like this beer is more of an American Brown Ale or a Porter. It has nice big hops that would make me think that it is a ABA but the awards on the wall are for best Porter. It is a nice beer but I'm not sure why it had an alcohol warmth to it. Maybe it was served to young and needed time to age?

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jon for bringing this one back. A malty brown, not too sweet, with some chocolate and cocunt. Nice foamy head. Above average mouthfeel, somewhat complex. Hits the style, toasty nutty, the mollasses, and appropriate carbonation. Fresh enough, but very little sense of the hops.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Was so good I had to bring one home! 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Much darker than most browns. Dark, nearly opaque brown. .5 finger light coffee colored coarse head with moderate retention. Stringy lace with moderate stick. Decent. Nice color.

Nose is nutty. Toffee, caramel, and sweet brown sugar. Real robust and rich. Enticing.

Opens sweet caramel, nutty, toffee, and brown sugar. Malt body becomes more pronounced and richer as this one warms in the mouth. More caramel and toffee notes appear. Sweet brown sugar and some molasses at the end. Finishes slightly grainy. Sweet aftertaste. Again, like the nose, real rich. Great, full flavor.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bubbly in the mouth but smooths out as it warms. Goes down silky with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Drinks bigger than it is and oh so smooth. Amazing!

This is top notch in the style. Real robust nose and taste with an incredible mouthfeel that makes this one drink bigger than it really is. I can see why this beer is the winningest offering from Flossmoor.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, picked up at binny's in the south loop about a month ago...consumed during bears-vikings

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, very dark mahogany/black body and a creamy chocolate head and moderate retention

smell: very dry and roasty...cocoa powder and coffee grounds, strong whiffs of molasses come through as indicated on the bottle

taste: This is a pretty tasty american brown, which is a style i dont play around with that often...Strong molasses and dry cocoa/coffee pound the palate making this a dry roasty brown ale. Its a nice version of the style but i prefer the flossmoor IPA line

mouthfeel: dry and roasty

drinkability: good

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.06/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Browns are among my favorite styles but this isn't one that I'd recommend. The taste reminded me more of a porter, the flavor was bitter and astringent and it had little fullness of flavor. This was a bad combination of a harsh scent and a medicinal taste.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this pours DARK brown and quite thick. very light head, hardly any retention.

dark roasted malts, hints of maple syrup, dark fruits, light sweetness.

deep flavors. up front the lightly roasted malts come through. light maple syrup in and out. bits of molasses and chocolate. light floral hops. all of the flavors are very rich, bold, and deep. tons of complexity here.

very thick, slight syrupy feel but thick body. light carbonation.

nice low ABV, huge complexity, and great flavor make this quite easy to drink. this blew my expectations away.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, after sampling everythig Flossmoor currently had on tap, this is the beer that went home in a growler with me and a friend. Good English-style hop bitterness and complex shades of coffee, nutmeg, maybe even hazelnuts and prunes... it's just a different taste with each sip. The glass I'm having out of the growler right now has a burnt coffee taste to it. Chocolate malts apparent, a roasty malt smell on top of a hop aroma and a warming alcohol presence, this one is a winner.

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flossmoor Station pre-DLD.

Pours dark brown, somewhat stout-like, with a small off-white head.

Aroma is very roasty and chocolatey. Some nuttiness detectable as well as slight malty sweetness.

Finally, Flossmoor comes through with a tasty beer! I expected Wooden Hell quality when I came here, and instead just got hell quality. Rich milk chocolate on this one as well as toasted malt, molasses, and nuttiness.

Pretty nice palate, medium-bodied and fairly smooth with appropriate carbonation level.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Great for the style. Drinkable.

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Picked this one up at the brewery a week prior to consuming it.

Pours a pretty dense dark brown, with the tiniest bit of ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and a nice frothy finger of tan, mocha colored head. Retains with a rich and creamy look that leaves some good looking patchy lace back. The aroma has a overall pleasant smelling burnt roastiness to it that surrounds additional notes of chocolate, caramel, and light coffee. A solid backing of floral hops pull up the back of the bouquet.

Much like the aroma, the taste is very dark, with a pervasive layer of chocolate roasted malts and coffee that mixes in some addtional toffee-like sweetness and a moderately bitter hop profile in the back. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with REALLY easy feeling carbonation but also possesses some chalkiness in the body that distracts a bit.

Wow, another staple Flossmoor beer that took me a little by surprise. I love the roasted nature of this, as it gave the profile a level of flavor that I'm not used to in Brown Ales, being almost Porterish at times. Full flavored and hugely drinkable, bottles of this would probably be a staple in my fridge if I could get it locally.

Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep dark black with a light but long lasting tan head.

The smell was very nice with deep mahogany notes along with light smoke and sweet molasses.

The flavor is very intense for a beer of this strength, a nice mixture of black malts, sweet brown sugar, toffee, smoke, and molasses giving this beer a great depth of flavor.

The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy.

Easily one of the best brown ales I have ever had. Great Beer!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just as the bottle describes it, it's a dep chestnut brown. Theres a 1/4" of tan head. No lacing.

Cocoa and roasted coffee are the primary displays in the nose.

The taste is a little more deep. Molasses, coffee, and brown sugar. I even picked up a slight tinge of black licorice in the end.

The mouthfeel is superb. It's thick and creamy, but not stout thick. For a brown ale, though, it's very creamy and smooth.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's so readily available for me that I've always taken it for granted and passed on it. It so happened it was on sale and I had gift cards to burn so it made perfect sense. I'll definitely be buying this again.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liked this beer so much, figured I'd go to Flossmoor and get a growler of this stuff filled .

A: Pours out thick and smooth from what is becoming a pretty well worn growler issued from this brewery. An almost opaque brown black if it were not for the fact that some light is able to make it's way though when held up to just the slightest big of light. Head forms nicely, two inches of pretty mocha colored head that bubbles down into a cap in a minute or two, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

S: Smell is the same wonderfully familiar mix of molasses, licorice, nutmeg, caramel malt, roasted oats, toasted and sweetened nuts, hops are pleasantly understated for an american brown ale at least.

T/MF: Much like the smell, loads of roasted oats, sweet toasty nuttiness, but a mix between molasses and licorice really are the two dominating factors here, which I think some my find a bit of a turn off, but that's what this beer is and what it does so if you don't like it you are out of luck with this beer. Midway though/near the end there is a bit of a coffee presence to this beer which really compliments the initial sweetness of the licorice and molasses, and again, hops are understated, just a tickle at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is wonderful, almost feels like it was pulled from a cask, light and bubbly without feeling under carbonated, silky but with enough chewiness to lend an interesting overall texture to the beer as a whole.

D: Just about as good as I remember, though perhaps I've been spoiled recently by some of Flossmoor's more daring beers. However, this beer still stands the test of time, a unique american brown with loads of complexity and a wonderful taste and feel to boot. Flossmoor is easily becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from large bottle to a pint glass the liquid is plenty brown with low carbonation. The head is just a pad, mocha brown than leaves no lace.

The smell is good toasty malt with a few dark fruity notes.

The taste follows not bad the brew really grows on you. Great roastiness, the hops are low key.

The mouthfeel is ok for the light carbonation, great body.

The dirnkability is fine if a toast brown is you thing give it a try. Prosit, MK

Photo of alleykatking
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler was given to me by my girlfriend...she's the best!

A- Pours a nice darker brown that could be mistaken for black but when I held it up to the light it looked like a dark chocolate color. Almost no head at all maybe a half finger at best which was mocha in color. Lacing was not really left on spots of it here and there. To be honest I was expecting a little more.

S- The front of the nose produces a nice roasted malt aroma coupled with a nice nutty grain smell. Some sweet caramel offtones to this in the aroma and I do detect maybe some hop presence but very very little. I can smell the molasses but I had to really try with my glass of it.

T- Can taste the roasted malt upfront with the middle leaning more towards a nutty grain taste. The molasses must pick up in the middle because it tastes a little sweeter to me. It tastes like most typical brown ales to be honest. Good for the style but not really my thing. But I judge for the style and it's good.

M- Has a medium mouthfeel to it. Carbonation helps push the beer through the palate leaving only hints of malts and grains on the tounge. Feels a little off though with the overall mouthfeel. Someone earlier said chalky and I can see it when I take a drink or two.

D- This is not my cup of tea but like I said earlier I rate on style not personal style. If I was into this I would gladly make another trip to the growler for a refill. Glad I split this with someone who likes their browns!

Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Solid brown pour with a finger of frothy light tan head.

Aroma, Malty caramel and chocolate. Some peat and molasses.

Taste, says its brewed with molasses and there is no doubt. Again caramel and chocolates, cocoa. Finishes a little roasty, leather, peat and fairly dry.

Only lighter mid bodied, but very creamy. Could drink a bunch. A dark brew drinkers brown ale.

Best American brown I've had.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from brentk56 in the SS'11 BIF.

Very nice pour into a DFH snifter, medium bodied with a nice deep brown, thin caramel lacing.

The molasses is evident in the nose; the sweetness rounding the malts nicely. The taste is a bit biting, the tartness of molasses and the carbonation tickle your tongue. Bice body, card may be a bit much but can't tell if it's a mistake or the intended bottling.

Been waiting on this for a long time and I'm certainly keeping it on the Want list. Excellent, easy drinking, subtle yet complex brown.

(144th)

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a ruby mahogany glint at the edges. A finger or so of creamy tan foam. Retention is ok, not the best.

Aroma is robust and roasty, approaches a porter, but dials it in, focusing on malty nuances and tobacco notes. Slightly sweet, more of a dry woodiness with a hint at coffee. One of the biggest, most appealing Brown Ales in recent memory.

Sweetish at first, mild bitterness, segueing into dry roast in the finish. Bittersweet bakers chocolate. Mild woody roast malt flavors that linger long into the finish. Medium bodied and sessionable. This is a seasonal favorite that I go back to again and again.

They probably sit on shelves at some places, accounting for the bad bottles some have reviewed. Fresh is best...

Get down like Buck Rodgers!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle for $6.49. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Pretty much as soon as I poured the beer into the glass, it started bubbling up like crazy, and it took a while for the head to settle down enough for me to pour a somewhat full glass. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like molasses, chocolate, brown sugar and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of a nutty flavor. Also, I think the roasty coffee flavor comes out stronger in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick but has way too much carbonation. I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle or not, but at least the taste wasn't affected. Other than the high carbonation, I think it's a good brew. I'd try this again in the future.

Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer deserves a bigger name. Nut Brown Ale? Not even close. Robust Porter. Yeah, that sounds better. My taste buds don't care about names though and they liked this beer. Huge roasted coffee flavors. Nice hop balance.

This beer is brewed and bottled exclusively for Flossmoor (ILL) by Riverside (CA) for distribution to MJ's American Brewpub Club. I wonder if this beer even closely resembles what's offered at the prewpub.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Body pours to a blackest brown that it can be. Hosts a thick creamy inch and a half head that is dark tan in color with excellent retention. Nose has an almost burning invigoration of roasted malt, smokey alchol and paint. Tons of rich toasty malt enter the mouth with a very creamy filling feel. An even biscuit like sweetness is whole and pleasant on the tongue. In the middle of the sweetness is a dose of molasses that keeps the mouthfeel quite thick. This beer is a very enjoyable brew to drink.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise treat from Ditmier from over the Memorial Day weekend... Thanks Eric!!

Pours with a thin white head... very clear deep walnut brew.

Nose smells "BROWN"... wow... deep nutty.. Herculean English Brown ... toffee and caramel without too much sweetness... lite cocoa..

Flavor mirrors the nose with some lite blackstrap and hints of something that I can only describe as smoke on the finish... the nuttiness and caramel essence all jive very well... I could not believe that Floosmoor packed this much flavor into a 6% brew.. My only real beef could be that some decisive hoppiness could help cut down on perceived sweetness... but overall, this is an excellent brown ale.. just not "American" ... Thanks a ton Eric.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Flossmoor treat for me this evening. I decided to open this one up with dinner and give it a try. It had been a long day and I new I was going to be d early to begin with, so this just made sense to go forward with. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 09/16/2009.
 
Nice pour here, looked much bigger then I would have expected from a brown ale I have to admit. Rich chocolate in color with only small touches of light peaking through giving it an almost hazelnut hue. Nice one inch head of tan foam on the top never really did fade away, instead it seemed to hang on the entire session, coating the inside of the glass thoroughly. Smooth and very sweet aroma comes up and over it almost immediately. Rich chocolate notes, lots of brown sugar and molasses and a very earthy feel to it. As I took the first sip though it is really where it started to come together quite well for me. Rich molasses And brown sugar notes coated over caramel malts and a nice chocolate base. Really quite nicely done I have to say. Great feel to it, thicker then I would have expected with carbonation that just would not quit. This was very well done I have to say. Reasonable ABV factored in and a long, smooth, silky fade of flavor that left quite a bit of a sugary note on the tongue led me to believe this was one of the most solid brown ales I have ever come across.
 
Overall this was damn good. I was actually more then impressed here, dare I say nearly blown away by how solid this one was. I would have no issue at all with grabbing for this one again, in fact I am looking forward to it.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12-22-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a very dark brew, one finger of foam, the foam dissipated pretty quick with this brew. Can't see the carbonation, ok lacing ring

S - Roasted malts, caramel and coffee aroma with some molasses

T/M - Roasted malts, coffee and molasses comes through, pretty clean brew with no hop presence before or after taste. Very malty, full bodied, some sweetness at the end

D - Very drinkable brew, nice malty brew with a good blend of Molasses, caramel and coffee. I recommend this brew and will have it again!

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Pullman Brown Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.