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Pullman Brown Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Pullman Brown AlePullman Brown Ale

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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 14 | 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 beerfairy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle

A - Very dark, almost like a porter thin brown head, noit much foam or lacing in the glass.

S - coffee and chocolate aroma with a sweet smell

T - strong coffee and chocolate flavors. The molasses adds a sweet taste to the beer

M - very smooth w/ medium body

D - This is more of a sipping beer maybe one or two and not something I would drink a case of during a ballgame.

beerfairy, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolat brown with a bubbly coffee colored 1 finger head.

Smells roasty, coffee, nuttiness, sweet, chocolate. All faint.

Roasty, malty flavor followed by big sweetness with some coffee & chocolate flavors & some spice. Alot going on here. Tastes great.

Smooth, biting, medium bodied, modearte carbonation, lingering sweetness.

Drinkability is good. No probs with a 22 oz bottle in a sitting.

Interesting brew from Flossmoor. Not my favorite style, but this was enjoyable. Complex.

bbothen, Sep 14, 2008
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple bombers from Flossmoor Station recently.

Pullman brown pours a very dark brown almost black with brown highlights around the edges. It is capped by a small mocha colored head that left some spotty lacing on my pint glass. The nose is quite vibrant for a brown ale and is full of molasses, cocoa, hazelnuts, and chocolate. I am quite impressed with this nose. The flavor profile is equally as robust and pleasant as the nose. Roasted malt character upfront with a bitter chocolate finish with a slight coffee characteristic to it as well. It is almost porter or stout like in the flavor profile, but a little softer. The mouthfeel is really rich with medium carbonation with no alcohol present on the mouthfeel. The drinkability is really nice for this beer, and I certainly wish I could get more of this beer. I would make a session beer out of this in the winter.

I think this is a tremendous beer, and hopefully can get plenty more my next trip to Chicago.

TheodorHerzl, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of errantnight
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift/trade/thing from Joe1510. As always, bringing it strong. Thank you, sir.

Pours out a.... holy hell, BROWN ale? Um... ok... sure...

Pours out a deep, deep, deep brown, nearing black with ruby tints. This looks like a deep, rich, porter, not a brown. Can't knock it too much... it looks damn delicious. Just a finger of head, but nice retention.

Aroma is chocolatey roast. Maybe more coffee. No hop character to speak of, but bitterness provides nice balance. It's full, rich, maybe some toffee to the sweetness.

Not really too full bodied, but the body feels a bit off. It sort of thins out towards the end. It's not bad, but it doesn't have the smooth roundness I'd like from a brown.

It's good... and a passable replacement for a porter when I'd like one, and I'm super happy I got to try it, but it doesn't wow.

Thanks again, Joe!

errantnight, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a very dark brown with a small head of tan foam.

The smell is both bitterish and sweet; some notes of coffee and chocolate and some grain.

The taste is as nice as the nose. I'm getting the bitter/sweet thing with good tasting coffee notes and good chocolate, which I think is adding both sweetness and bitternes. A nice medium mouthfeel here which also describes the carbonation. It finishes with a nice bitterish kick that leaves a good long lasting aftertaste. I like.

Bottom line: Here's a nice American style Brown Ale that's plenty tasty, has a good mouthfeel, is easy drinking, and looks good in the glass. A solid example of the style.

Bitterbill, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flossmoor Station tonight. Served in a pint glass.

Appeared near black, with some reddish hues in the light. Tan head that sank to a nice coating. A little lacing.

Aroma was fairly mild. Light notes of chocolate, biscuit, wet wood, and coffee.

Taste was dominated by a nutty chocolate. Coffee and toasted malt was also present alongside a biscuity flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium and quite smooth.

There aren't many brown ales I particularly enjoy, but I found this one to be very drinkable and quite tasty. It's not extraordinary, but for a brown ale it's damn good.

roadhouse, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  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

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - deep, dark ruby pour, a thin mocha cover.

Aroma - dark chocolate, deep roasted grains.

Taste - good roasted malty and sweet beginning, notes of coffee alongside. Dark chocolate flavors on the swallow and holding for some length. A delicious, roasty finish, wonderfully warming despite an average abv.

Mouthfeel - medium body, uncommonly smooth (more like a Baltic porter), average carbonation.

Drinkability - fantastic session beer alone or with a hearty meal.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this brew on tap at Flossmoor. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Smell is nutty, and coffee like and taste is chalky, nutty, and lightly of coffee. Bit thin body and flavorwise, but otherwise a good, drinkable brown ale. Didn't knock my socks off, however.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich molasses brown with a tan head hat is fleeting at best. The aroma is a bronwnie sweet cream with som bitter burnt malts and a touch of rye like hops. The taste has sweet and bitter malts. The molasses mingles very well ith such a deep roasted to burnt malt bill with good hop balancing. Makes me thnk of sweet mocha brownies with adash of grapefruit rinds jumping aroun. Adding a spicey note to the mix. A dark sweet mix with lots of chocolates and coffee flavors moving around your palate. Taste like its almost a sipping beer, but lower in abv.

scruffwhor, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a couple of bottles at the brewery on a recent trip through Flossmoor.

Dark dark brown color with rocky head.

Roasty, lightly smoky smell with cocoa and a bit of oak.

Roasted chocolate flavor with a nice hazelnut taste. Just a touch of citric hops.

Just a tad below medium body. Good carbonation and quite smooth going down.

Good stuff, I can't wait to try their other newly bottled selections (although I am quite bummed they were sold out of the IPA).

Tasted on 4/30/08.

tmitch75, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- 22 oz bomber with silk screen printing label that is pretty sweet looking

A- pours a dark brown almost porter dark, thin brown head formed on top and fell pretty quickly, nice looking head on top

s- dark lightly fruity character and malty character, lightly hopped but pretty balanced

T- very smooth roasted character, coffee undertones and some fruity character, nice finish as well. lightly malty slight biscuit character and some roasted coffee flavor

M- medium body and light carbonation

D- pretty awesome beer

Atron67, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of DavidEddie
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark reddish black. Tan head falls quick. Really no lacing.

Smell - Mild coffee, chocolate malt, and citrusy hops.

Taste - A superb balance of roasty coffee, burnt carmel, chocolate, lemony hops and a small bit of molasses.

Mouth feel - Pleasantly medium bodied. Slightly sticky. Fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Is fantastic! Super smooth! Drinks more like a hoppy porter (as mentioned in a prior review). Reminded me of Surly Bender in some ways. Glad to have this available in my area! Recommended!

DavidEddie, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of tiger88
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a silk screened bomber I got at Flossmoor Station a few weeks ago. Pours an opaque deep brown with cola colored edges. The dark tan head slowly dissipates into a mocha tinged ring around the glass leaving little to no lacing. A deep inhalation brings coffe, a little chocolate and the molasses to the front. A taste and you know why the smell of molasses stands out. The taste does as well but not in a bad way. The bitter chocolate compliments the sweet molasses to make for a complex yet enjoyable palate. The mouthfeel is what gets me. I'm not a fan of the bitter aftertaste. It's not overwhelming but it's there. Know what I mean??? Pretty drinkable. Share with a friend.

tiger88, May 14, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

A: Pours a dark chocolate-y brown with some faintly lighter brown at the edges. Creamy, one-finger, dark-tan head evaporates rather quickly, leaving a thick and bubbly ring behind.

S: Awesome aromas of chocolate, molassas, roasted malt, and cocoa. Smells sweet and spicy in the same sniff!

T: Chocolate and molassas weigh heavily in the flavors, along with roasted malt, spice, coffee, and an excellent flavor like spicy red pepper chocolate (almost like one of those Vosges chocolate bars with red pepper and/or chili powder in it!)

M: Full and creamy at first sip, but, as the mouthfeel progresses towards the finish it takes a decidedly spicy/peppery turn and makes this beer truly compelling.

D: Incredible! I've found my new, locally made, go to Brown Ale. 6% means this is sessionable, as well.

GbVDave, May 07, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with almost no head. Scent of molasses with brown sugar, coffee, and a bit of almond. Initial taste of almonds with a hint of cocoa and molasses, brown sugar and roasted coffee beans round this one out. Mouthfeel is clean, a little thick with a soft bite, very nice. Very drinkable, goes down nice and easy.

paco1029384756, May 01, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Dobby's World Wide Liquors in Palatine for $5.99. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with a bit of translucent red light that struggles to break through. A decent half finger medium brown head forms before it slowly dissipates leaving very little cap, thin collar and light lacing.
Smell- Rich and nutty this thing oozes of hazelnuts and almonds. Lightly chocolaty sweet on the nose with nicely roasted malts. Molasses and dark brown sugar round out this little guy nicely.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a semi chocolaty roastiness and a bit of lightly roasted coffee beans. Caramel and brown sugar lends a bit more sweetness in the middle with an almost nutty undertone. A bit of citrus hops add a trivial amount of lemony bitterness that lingers through the finish.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a medium mouthfeel and bright aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Well this thing turned out to be pretty tasty. I'm not the most experienced Brown drinker on earth but I definitely like this brew. It's nicely balanced and really drinkable Flossmoor really has something here. Great brew and I can't wait to visit the brewpub!

younger35, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap to an opaque dark brown, with thick tan head that disspated quickly and left okay lacing. This had to be one of the drakest brown ales I’ve ever had.

Nose was slightly mute, but a pleasant mix of malty roasted nuts, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel unspectacular for this medium bodied beer. Flavor was more of the malty choclate and nuts, with a finish that was sweet and warming, but offset by just enough hops to avoid being too sweet.

A good winter beer.

kimcgolf, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

kmpitz2, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep,dark, opaque, mahagony. Small tan head with sufficient retention and a thin, spotty, sticky lace.

Dark bready malts with raw toffee and bitter caramel aromas. Milk chocolate, with nutty granola smells, and dark dried fruits.

Very dry and again full of dark bready flavors, over cooked caramel, somewhat burnt, brown sugar, cane sugar bordering on mollasses, dark fruits, chestnuts, dried berries and a freak show of other happenings. Nicely complex with a nice bittering hop adding depth and balance.

mcallister, May 04, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Murky dark chocolate brown with a thin burnt-orange head and very respectable lacing. Natural hazelnut and roasted almond scents mingle with heady cocoa and soft floral hop aromas -- very enticing. Deep chocolate flavors spiked with roasted hazelnuts and a lovely soft yet bitter dark coffee taste. Floral and ever-so-slightly spicy hop notes appear here and there. More cocoa flavors as it warms, with an almost cinnamon-like character peeking through, very reminiscent of nut-infused, lightly sweetened Mexican hot chocolate. It's rather close to a Dark Mild Ale in my estimation, but its nutty character definitely marks it as a Brown. Medium-light body with a soft chewiness to the mouthfeel. Super drinkable. If ever in the Chicago "Southland" area, it is certainly worth your while to seek out Flossmoor Station to pick up a growler of this stuff. It's always on tap, and it's a ridiculously drinkable session brown. In fact, I'd say it defines the last four words of that sentence.

orfeu, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served 50f, style and name say brown ale but this is a porter if smell counts. clearly roasted chocolate odors are pretty much all i get in the nose. I am fairly certain this beer is bottle-conditioned which may explain why it has held up so well despite being at least 2 and maybe 3yo. Later nose has a nice note of cinnamon.

taste is more of the nose, a sweet roasted malt taste that becomes more burnt into the finish. Very pleasant beer and I am kicking myself for giving away 11 of the 12 I was sent long ago. this *porter* is excellent, pleasant and balanced roast notes, long roasted aftertaste with some hop character.

If you can find it, get it.

dogfooddog, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of livin4jc
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on: July 20, 2005

Aroma: Clean smell with a caramel and hoppy aroma.

Appearance: It was a dark beer with a brown color and a thick medium tan head. It was fairly clear as well.

Taste: I thought the taste was a little strong. I thought perhaps it was a little over roasted. It had a very strong chocolate-caramel malty flavor to it and was quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: It was a very creamy beer with little carbonation. The head was smooth.

Drinkability: Almost overpowering. I'd say I'd make it through about a glass before I would be content not to have any more.

Overall impression: The flavor of this beer was a little strong for me. However, for it's style I do think it is a good product. I don't know if this would be a good one for having with heavy food, but it was good nonetheless.

livin4jc, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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?

rhoadsrage, Apr 19, 2005
Pullman Brown Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.