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Pullman Brown Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Pullman Brown AlePullman Brown Ale

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: younger35 on 04-17-2008)
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Photo of glazeman


4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A: I know this is a brown ale, but it pours completely black in color and is 100% opaque, even when held up to the light. There's a 1 finger of light tan head with moderate retention and moderate lacing.

S: With the added molasses there is some sweetness on the nose, but not as much as I had expected. Somewhat typical light, light yeasty smell that is characteristic of a brown ale on top of some brown sugar.

T: The main flavors that I get in this beer are tobacco, chocolate, brown sugar, and a little bit of wild yeast. I was surprised at how complex and flavorful this beer was.

M: Solid in this category. Nice level of viscosity, carbonation, and a great aftertaste.

D: Overall, I feel like this beer was a little bit more like a porter than a brown ale. With that being said it is very balanced, interesting, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:38:46 | More by glazeman
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a big tan head; nice stickage and plenty of lace; looks more like a porter than a brown ale

Smell: Chocolate dominates the aroma, with undertones of caramel and oats

Taste: Opens with a wallop of chocolate that adds some caramel by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate continues to dominate, though there is a subtle addition of some fruity hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; the oats definitely add some creaminess to the mouthfeel

Drinkability: Not sure where this beer should be classified, but it is a first rate beer whatever style you want to call it

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 23:20:01 | More by brentk56
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

They call this a Brown Ale but to me it taste more of a Stout. Not to say its bad by any means just judging beers by a certain cagegory can sometimes be difficult.

There isnt much of a head but has a nice touch of carbonation, not to overpowering at all. The color is pretty much black. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and has a medium to full body.

It has a slight coffee taste with some carmel attributes as well but the after taste is very much of coffee.

If your looking for the usual nutty Brown Ale I wouldnt choose this beer but if you want a mix between Stout and Brown Ale this is your beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 03:15:05 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of billab914


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color with a very thin tan lacing scattered out across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a pretty big nutty flavor to it with some caramel and roasted flavors coming through as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall wit ha great mix of flavors.

The taste shows more of the bitter, roasted, burnt malt flavors found in a a lot of stouts. Both chocolate and coffee seem to come through somewhat as well. Some of the brown ale nuttiness and caramel sweetness shows up and helps balance it out.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is moderate to slightly below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was also pretty balanced and complex at the same time. It almost seemed like they mixed a stout and brown ale and managed to show some of the nice characteristics of both.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 23:08:28 | More by billab914
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours nearly opaque brown with some mahogany edging and a thin, tan head on the pour. Barely a whisp left on the surface for the duration and a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of chocolate, roast, coffee, and molasses. A hint of smoke and char follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with slight chew, and a fairly creamy and oily mouthfeel.

A balance of cocoa husks, espresso, dark fudge, and molasses lead off the palate. A substantially acrid char note follows through and lends a dryness to the malt bill.

Finishes with lingering roast, char, and chocolate drizzeled coffee beans.

Tasty enough, and certainly substantial for a brown ale. I'd like to see where this one would go in a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 23:20:08 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of Tone


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hint of coffee, alcohol, hint of sweet malt, and slight wood. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 15:15:10 | More by Tone
Photo of jera1350


3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark chocolate brown color with a frothy tan head that is a bit short.

Nutty with some caramel and a bit of a soapy scent that's not too bad. Some chocolate milk on the nose as well.

Quite big and rich for a brown ale. Mildly deep roasted malts with a good presence of coffee and a bit of chocolate milk. Unfortunately, I am getting a metallic taste near the end as well.

Definitely medium bodied. Pretty big for a brown ale. Smooth feeling.

A very nice brown ale that borders on being a porter. Big and ballsy for a brown. Worth a try in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:02:56 | More by jera1350
Photo of jrallen34


4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap the brewpub.

Dark brown with a light tan head that has really good retention, decent lacing...Aroma of sweet caramel and lots of nut, coffee standouts as well as the backbone...Taste also shows off lots of coffee, a little nuts and a fresh grass hop finish.

A really nice brown ale with lots of coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 21:02:04 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Macky20

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade, and what a good one it was!!

Poured from bomber into Perfect Pint glass. Dark brown with a thin one finger head that quickly dissipates. Gorgeous looking beer..

As great as it looks, I only got a faint hint of aroma... mostly chocolate malt. This is not a beer of powerful aroma.

Taste is amazing. There is a roasted malt flavor up front that ends in a beautiful coffee aftertaste... there seems to be something oatmeal there too, reminds me a little bit of an oatmeal porter. I took one taste of this and immediately noted that it is one of the best brown ales I've had.

The look, taste and feel of this beer are all exceptional. It is extremely complex but consistent. It is one of the thicker brown ales I've had, which made it perfect to me. The carbonation and creamy texture of this just felt right.

I could drink one of these every night... especially in the winter!
Great beer.... Hope to get my hands on some more sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:01:48 | More by Macky20
Photo of Lukafer


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is a dark brown, slight off-white tan head. Smells are coffee, nutty and some caramel. Tastes are malt, roasted nuts, some sweetness with a somewhat bitter finish. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 16:08:24 | More by Lukafer
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber, into two nonic pint glasses, bottle courtesy of AJacob81! Cheers dude, shared with a budding BA to initiate festivities on my girlfriend's 25th birthday.

Poured a viscous, deep brown (bordering on black) colour, opaque in the body with a tinge of red around the edges. Head was creamy and frothy, and tan in colour. Minimal lacing, but the retention on this was phenomenal, kept a solid half finger of head on this throughout. Just gorgeous. Aroma is nice too, bouquet of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, sweet and rich malts. Taste starts with the rich warm malt base striking the tongue initially, then coating the tongue with a fairly simple and delicious combination of molasses, caramel, toffee and a touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is full, low carbonation and a smooth, creamy finish. Bit of bitterness at the end of each sip, but the IBU's on this are only low 30's from what I can recall from the bottle. Excellent beer, drinkability is brought down a notch by the fullness I experienced drinking this beer, 22oz may be a bit much for myself but to each his own!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 15:59:36 | More by liamt07
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Big thanks to lurchingbeast for this one.

4.0 A: Clear dark brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy medium brown head with average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Nutty, toffee, caramel come to mind quickly. There's also something else in there that is hard to explain, almost like a harsh roastiness. Still, very nice.

4.0 T: For the most part, taste follows the nose. The nuttiness and roastiness are the main flavors, with toffee and caramel coming next. Good balancing bitterness, which hops otherwise taking the back seat.

4.5 M: Thicker medium body. Good carbonation. Lots of creaminess. Very good here.

4.5 D: Definitely enjoyed this one quite a bit. Right up there with some of the best browns I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 00:56:33 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Smell has this roasted nuttiness to go with sweet molasses, brown sugar and a faint hint of chocolate. This is incredibly complex for a brown ale. It is very sweet, but also has a great nutty flavour that you would expect with a brown ale. Very creamy mouthfeel. At 6% abv, they packed in a ton of flavour into this. If I lived in Chicago, I could see myself drinking this often.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 04:12:51 | More by kwjd
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Pours REALLY dark; aside from some auburn hues around the edge of the glass, light does not pass through. Minimal tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell -- Lots of molasses, caramel, roasted malt.

Taste -- Caramel, coffee, and molasses are dominant, with some char and hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Thick, slick, and smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability -- Way more depth of flavor than you are likely to find in any other brown ale with 6% abv. I have a hard time believing I'm going to find a brown ale I'll like more than this. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 21:42:31 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of stawn


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alexander for this in-person extra!

A - Darkest brown that borders turning black. Head was a bit disappointing. Poured aggressively and barely produced a tan cap.

S - Smell is unique and intriguing. Tons of molasses on the nose with hints of toffee and caramel.

T - Taste mimics the aroma. Big sweet molasses, low appropriate hop bitterness, and toffee.

M - Mouthfeel is a big thick body for a brown. This is a beefy Brown Ale and not for the faint of heart. I love it.

D - Drinkability is really high for me. The flavors are bold and delicious. This is my kind of BIG brown ale!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 06:04:54 | More by stawn
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.98/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 07:05:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 17:28:53 | More by nickd717
Photo of chaz01


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce draft serving with my dinner at Flossmoor Station on a vacation to Chicago area.

A: Dark Brown in color, brown head produces good lacing.

S: Roasted Earthy Aroma.

T: More roasted malts in the taste with a bit of chocolate flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is what really sold me on this beer. It's soft and creamy with just the right amount of light carbonation. Beer kind of just floats on your tongue, and I would've guessed that this was a cask conditioned ale (but it wasn't).

D: This went great with my burrito or pizza. Enough flavor to go well with a heartier meal as well. Light enough that it would be a great session beer. I picked up 3 bottles to take home with me and regretting I didn't have room for more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 16:56:23 | More by chaz01
Photo of hooliganlife


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 23:19:12 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of AgentZero


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A little startled when I poured it out of the bottle, did not expect anything called an "ale" to pour so dark. Not black, but pretty damn close with brown edges. Small head that dissipated leaving no lacing behind.

S - Coffee hints with some dark molassass notes and a touch of toffee. Where's the ale in this ale?

T - I need to drink more brown ales if this really is one. Seems more like a porter, maybe even a bit stoutish than anything else. Nice brown sugar taste with some roasted coffee notes.

M - Solid, smooth, carbonation level right for this beer. Medium bodied.

D - Easy to drink, could actually session this surprisingly.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 18:55:05 | More by AgentZero
Photo of emerge077


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:41:05 | More by emerge077
Photo of sidetracked


4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a light-brown head. Very opaque--looks more like a porter than a brown ale.

Smells of roasted malts and molasses. If left unagitated for a while the molasses really comes out.

The taste upfront is roasted malts with a bit of sweetness. A bitter finish mixes with a sweet molasses flavor that lingers on the palate.

Medium-full body with a creamy texture. Moderate carbonation.

Great drinkability--well balanced and very flavorful. Seems to have more of the characteristics of a porter than a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:42:07 | More by sidetracked
Photo of sacullen


3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled bomber served in a New Belgium globe.

Pours a very deep, dark brown with excellent carbonation that settles slowly.

Upon first sniff, molasses and brown sugar tend to dominate. The first word that popped into my head was "sweet". I let it sit for a few more minutes and the molasses was almost overpowering.

The taste reminds me a little of coffee candy or coffee ice cream, which I don't like. It's not as strong, but it's very sweet with a coffee undertone.

I like the mouthfeel, mostly because of what seems to me a suitable-high level of carbonation. The taste/aftertaste lingers just long enough.

Drinkability is a little on the low side, mostly because it reminds me so much of coffee ice cream. I'm sure my significant other would love it for this very reason.

Flossmoor has put out a pretty solid lineup, but I think I will pass on picking up this one again unless it is super cheap. It's already reasonably affordable, so no complaints there. I think I'll stick to their IPAs and just ogle my last bottle of Wooden Hell.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:26:10 | More by sacullen
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Quebec (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to MasterSki for this one. Shared with my wife last night.

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: Holey moley! I'm pouring foam into my glass not beer! Every time i pour, it comes out foam with very little body. The light brown head looks gorgeous though all frothy and whipped. My wife says it looks like a root beer float. After several minutes i eventually see the opaque dark brown body. Though off-putting a little, it looks really nice once it settles down.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate and brown sugar. Nice bitter edge to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Combining these together because the carbonation is way out of hand on this one. I get a little bit of molasses but the carbonation is literally hurting my tongue. I let calm down for awhile and try again. Carbonation is still high but i do get some coarse chocolate and burnt sugar. Other than that, nothing and not quite pleasant i must say.

Drinkability: Not really. My wife couldn't continue after a few sips but i tried to give it a chance but i couldn't finish my glass. The astringent taste and overly excessive carbonation kills it for me.

Overall: I debated as to whether i should review it or not but i've seen a few reviews describing similar experiences so i figure it's good for people to see both sides of the coin. Still, i do want to try it again, maybe on tap it'll be better. The bottle is killer though!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 13:31:19 | More by papat444
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Flossmoor Station Brewery and served in a goblet. Consumed Dec 31, 2009.

Pours a dark brown (what are the chances), with small head which leaves little lace. Wow, this beer smells good: molasses, brown sugar, and lots of other deliciousness. A nice balance of sweetness, and very enjoyable. I wish this beer was a little thicker in the mouthfeel. More malt perhaps? A nice beer to enjoy as we wind down the past decade and one I look forward to having again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:05:25 | More by Huhzubendah
Pullman Brown Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.