Pullman Brown Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by kmpitz2:
4.72/5 rDev +18.6%
Freshly tapped at my house, poured into a standard pint glass. The brew fills the glass a very dark brown color with a finger of head that settles to a small head over top with a mild carbonation in there. This brew is nice and dark, but light comes through at the top around the lip. The aroma is roast with a solid brown sugar, toasted nut and chocolate. The smells are moderate in force, but well blended and nice for the style. The flavor hits first with a solid roast that moves to a nice nutty quality, quickly transitioning to milk chocolate and finishing with a moderate pine hop that gives a light impression of coffee and a mild to moderate bite on the finish. This one hits all the notes I want in a brown. It has a robust flavor with a mild nose and awesome drinkability. Mouthfeel is moderate with a nice mild carbonation of fine bubbles. It has a nice velvety smoothness that really works well. Drinkability on this one is outstanding. Though the flavors are big, it is easily a session beer and will not be on my kegerator very long. I really like the lingering hop flavor on the finish. This one is damn good!
11-02-2007 02:06:40 | More by kmpitz2
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4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
11-02-2009 01:08:08 | More by boatshoes
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
(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?
04-19-2005 00:09:35 | More by rhoadsrage
3.68/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
10-15-2009 21:09:04 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
06-20-2012 00:39:07 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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
10-19-2008 17:53:41 | More by dirtylou
1.98/5 rDev -50.3%
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.
11-07-2009 17:33:31 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
03-24-2010 23:19:12 | More by hooliganlife
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
12-02-2003 14:44:55 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-07-2010 17:28:53 | More by nickd717
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-08-2009 12:20:14 | More by Kegatron
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
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!
04-27-2011 21:49:38 | More by bashiba
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
09-03-2011 02:15:41 | More by Vonerichs
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
09-12-2009 04:06:03 | More by bluemoonswoon
Pullman Brown Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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