Mighty Brown (471 Series) | Breckenridge Brewery

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Mighty Brown (471 Series)Mighty Brown (471 Series)

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by hopsaplenty:
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle, no date info.

Clear rusty brown. Short, dense cap of small, rich tan bubbles that slowly settles leaving a few drapes of lace. No carbonation streams. Sweet aromas of caramel, some spicy hops, brown sugar, and a bit of coffee served light and sweet. Roasted malt with light coffee tones is filled with spoonfuls of sugar sweetness. Some hop spice arrives in the finish and partially saves this from being a sticky mess. Brown sugar comes up in prominence as it warms. Medium body with light carbonation, there is a greasiness that accumulates on the tongue that it not overly pleasing. A bit of alcohol pokes through as well. None too mighty, merely EH.

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Photo of ADR
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A small-batch "471" beer in a bomber bottle...

Pretty dark brown color, clear with orange highlights. Head rises to 1/2 an inch but falls fast. Nice laces on the glass, though. Malty aroma, vague chocolate and a little leather. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation about average overall. Lacks much of a flavor profile, starts with some brown sugar and a bit of pipe tobacco but falls off to pretty thin and watery at the close with a finish that retains a slight bitter quality but also has sugary qualities. Really is pretty unremarkable to my mind, the smell and look to the beer are not bad, though.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a brandy snifter, this forms a small soapy looking one finger head surrounded by a fat collar. The brew is dark chocolate brown / black and a swirl brings up s full finger of foam that disappears quickly and leaves a decent amount of wet lace on the glass.

S - Dark and milk chocolate with roasted almonds and cashews. Dark roast coffee with a whiff of alcohol (like my Irish grandma's morning coffee!) Black bitter coffee and a hint of leafy hops. Seems like a porter-light to me.

T - Rich chocolate malt with some deeply nutty flavors. Count Chocula marshmallows and bitter dark chocolate (baker's chocolate?) Chocolate coated coffee bean candy, toffee, and peanut brittle. Some leafy hops and alcohol flavors are there too, but the bitterness comes mainly from the roasty stout-like flavors.

M - Mildly carbonated with a relatively full body and very lush and silky mouthfeel. Some alcohol warmth is noted, and welcome.

D - Damn the 7.5% ABV! I could drink a few bombers of this! This is a damn fine brown ale with many porter-like qualities. An Imperial Brown if you will.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet and Malty, Chocolate. Delicate hope nose...Mmmm!

Appearance: Deep Opal or Opaque. Clear with ruby highlights when put up to the light. A creamy off white head retention.

Flavor: Sweet up front then a burst of chocolate and roasted flavors that finishes with a light bitterness. Hints of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body - carbonation is right on!

Overall Impression: Great brown ale. Well balanced. Has a huge chocolate flavor! Breckenridge Brewery veers away from their mainline beers and produces small batches. On occasion, an ale will get enough attention and they bottle up the batch in bomber bottles, 22oz. bottles. So keep an eye out for them. This is one of'em.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and then some more dark. Poured with a bit of head but it goes down to almost none. Perhaps it was too cold.

S: Smells like a brown but there are some definite coffee hints in there. It almost smells like a porter. Very good.

T: Wow! Some malt hits you as well as the chocolate tones. Dark chocolate really that mixes nicely with the maltiness. Mmmm. There is a bit of bitterness in there too. But wow, the chocolate flavors out of this are awesome! This is probably the best brown I've ever had. I'll be sad when I can't buy this one anymore.

M: Creamy, silky, with a bit of bitter almost cola like feel all at the same time. Awesome!

D: this one is a sipper obviously from the high ABV but I could sip on this all night long. I might have to buy a few of these to get me through winter!

Overall: If you can find this buy it. Well worth a try! This is one of the better beers I've had lately.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours mahogany wity ruby tinges & 1 finger of tan colored head. A little bit of lacing & head retention

S: Slight malt sweetness & iron, somme coccoa as this warms

T: Rich malt, nuts, chocolate & dryness up front. Some iron, roasted grain, & coccoa as this warms. I'd almost buy this as much as porter as a brown, still tasty though. I'm getting some brownie, raisins & a little booze. Finishes with brown sugar dryness, warming with hints of chocolate & roasted grains

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a pretty good balance. Comes across pretty smooth

Drinks a little slow, but this is a beer you can sink your teeth into. Wish more of their beers were this ballsy. Not a bad if somewhat misguided effort

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackest brown body hosting a tall thick perfect tan head with snap-crackle-pop effect bubbles. Nose is soft and wheaty with a back hint of malt, very earthy overall. enters the mouth very mellow and smoothly rich. Then yeilds an earthy mineral feel with a bit of smokey malt. Finishes on the chocolatey side with a very nice mouthfeel. This is an exceptional beer that isnt over the top but unique and drinkable. Enjoy!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of carln26
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown to black in color with mild ruby highlights. This beer is much darker than any brown ale I’ve sampled before. The nose is almost non-existent. There is a little caramel, and a touch of roasted malt, nothing more. The flavor provides a bit more in the area of caramel and toffee, mild roast malt, nice sweetness. There is a touch of bitterness, again very mild. I can just feel it on my tongue, it doesn’t give much of a flavor (what are my senses hammered?). The mouth feel is decent, smooth and rich. A bit of alcohol on the finish. There’s really not much here, I’m a bit disappointed. The IPA in this series was nice.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown body, barely lets light through, dark cola. Big off-white head, fades very fast.

Smell: Muddy sweetness and roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugary. Strong yet disorienting, like a big, huge brown ale, with copious alcohol.

Taste: Bold roasted malt gives this beer a nutty, earthy, sweet flavor that is later enhanced by big alcohol. Taste finishes nutty, with the alcohol evident there as well..

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, diffferent from the brown ale style, but different in a predictable manner.

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Photo of Brewsta
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is malty, sweet, rich, with a toasty caramel finish. Hop auroma is slight, predominantly spicy. Some fruity esters, mainly apple. Little to no diacetyl preceptable.

Appearance is very dark brown. Head is thick at pour and diminishes into a thin lace.

Flavor is intensely malty with caramel flavor. Hop bitterness also intense bordering on sourness of green apples, maybe astringent. The finish is slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with powerful alcohol warmth.

My overall impression, every aspect of the classic brown ale is taken to an extreem which produces a strongly flavored brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a nice dark brown color with some light red highlights to it. A big off-white head forms with the pour.

S: Nice and malty with plenty of toffee and nutty character on the nose. Perhaps a hint of chocolate and caramel, too.

T: Nuts and toffee right up front with maybe just a hint of acidity for some unknown reason. Perhaps it's the subtle fruit flavors I detect. In any case, fairly sweet and malt forward, like a brown ale should be.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation to the beer.

D: A pretty nice beer overall. Good flavor and aroma profiles, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of nlmartin
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer had a nice brown coloration with a one finger head that quickly resolved. A bit of lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: This was the high point of the beer. There was definately a sugary molasses chocolatey smell. I could not detect any spicyness to the beer.

Taste: I was pretty disappointed here. The beer is a choco-malty soup. There is no hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was pretty flaccid. The beer was thin and dam near watery for my taste.

Drinkability: The beer is nowhere near a drain pour. The beer is drinkable and I will gladly finish the other bottle I have. I bought this on the strenghth of the small batch IPA Breckenridge did. Man I felt let down. Better luck next time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of good things going on in this beer. Very big and bold. Nearly opaque dark brown with mohogany highlights, good head retention and lacing. Big aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, grassy hops and alcohol. Tastes similarly with strong emphasis on the cocoa and roasted grains. Throw in a light lactose, cream flavor and feel, with a light fermentation twang. Alcoholic flavors gain intensity through the sip, finishing with a strong harsh, fusal abrasion. Combined with the grassy hops and raosted grains, the beer quickly turns rough. Too bad, because a nearly flawless Brown shows difficult drinkability late.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color, almost like a Coca-Cola. It had a small, tan head of bubbly foam that left behind patchy lace.

S - Malt sweetness with some nutty character greets your nose. Some toffee and mild floral notes upon further examination.

T - This brown is malty sweet and a little boozy. The hops are muted and can't stand up to the sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting brown ale - very sweet and malty with a moderate alcohol warmth.

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Photo of bruachan
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

so i guess this is an imperial brown ale. porter, basically

it's a good looking brew. thick creamlike head sits around for awhile, and the body is like the deepest mahogany. there's a splash of tobacco color in there too

we're calling it an american brown, but the hops are noble. woody blackcurrant aroma comes from those, and dances with a understated darkroasted zing. do i smell alcohol? if i don't, i sure taste it. oooeeee. that's bigtime fusel-y for a brown ale. it's moderately thick and full of chocolate up front and a little cocoa later on. oh man...did they put booze in here? i want to keep drinking, as some of the experience is enjoyable. if i don't swallow it's fine

i am going to struggle to finish this. can i hope this was a bad bottle?

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love their 471 IPA, but then again I'm a hop head. This one is average.
Pours a medium dark chestnut with a very thin head. Some lacing but overall it seems slick.

Nice aroma of nut, caramel, some roasted malts and vanilla. Straightforward, nothing simple or complex.

Flavors are all in the nose, except for an alcohol-fingernail polish remover finish. Acidic in the end. Not strong, but enough to notice and to downgrade the rating. Makes it feel boozy and not as drinkable as otherwise would have been.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a one-finger beige head of small compact bubbles which dissipated quickly. Intense lattice-like lacing coating every inch of the glass when sipped.

S – Smells exactly like a Tootsie Roll. Cocoa, Dextrin and malt.

T – Taste matches the smell, with strong sweet cocoa and milk chocolate being the predominant flavors. Dextrin sweetness. Tastes like a Tootsie Roll beer. No hop presence detectable. Finishes slightly astringent/metallic which is a minor flaw in an otherwise tasty brew. Slight alcohol esters as it warms.

M – Full chewy body. Creamy/milky. Minimal carbonation. Hangs kind of heavy on the tongue. Slightly syrupy.

O – I enjoyed this. Not terribly complex; sort of a one-note wonder, but it’s a really nice note. Not something I’d want every week, but good every once in a while.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SAMPLED ON 11/22/2009

The appearance on this one was pretty appealling. Poured a very deep brown mahoghany in color, w/ a thin creamy tan head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing hung and remained on the glass. The nose was of strong vanilla followed by light caramel, burnt toffee, anise, and coffee. In the taste the coffee reared it's head the most w/ notes of caramel and burnt toffee in the background, and w/ only the slightest hop bite on the finish - really all about the malts. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth w/ adequate carbonation. Drinkability is great, I polished off a 22oz. bomber of this brew w/ ease and could not even taste the 7.5% ABV, and that is saying alot because I am not a big drinker.

Overall, a very nice offering from Breckenridge. A good pumped up interpretation of the style. Would visit again surely, but will probably not have another chance to w/ this brew being a once off from a brewery not in the east coast market.

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Photo of benito
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bomber, a standard-looking brown ale with a small head that disappears quickly. The bouquet is very sweet--a good dose of brown sugar and an interesting whiff of apple. The flavor is solid and sturdy: a medium body with good maltiness up front and across the tongue, followed by a light bitterness on the back end. I get hints of vanilla, caramel, smoke and almond. The strength of the malts makes this almost 'bocky.' My only complaint is that I wish that the hops were more present earlier on.

The strength and heaviness mean that this is a versatile brown ale for pairing--it tastes delicious with meatloaf, something that a lighter bodied brown might not do. Even with some hot sauce added, this fights through and still fills the mouth.

As for drinkability, the sweetness is a deterrant here, but I think that a bomber is just about the right amount of this brew. Certainly a worthwhile pick if you happen to come across it.

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Photo of rowew
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. Screened bottle similar to the previous 471 offering. No freshness info.

Appearance: Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark reddish brown when held to the light, with a thin head.

Smell: Malt and chocolate with just a bit of hops in there too.

Taste: A bit less going on than I had hoped. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Some chocolate and just a bit of roasted flavors, but they are very mild.

Overall impression: Not bad, but there are definitely better browns out there.

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Photo of blakesell
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a wine style (Ommegang) glass.

Appearance- Very dark, downright black. Pretty large amount of carbonation for a brown ale. Thick head with very nice lacing. Large bubbles interwoven with tiny bubbles that ring the glass.

Smell- Molasses, Honey, prunes, Fig, the honey flavor lingers the most. It actually smells a bit like Sam Adams Honey Porter, but not so extreme on the sweetness.

Taste- Slight burnt flavor, very thick flavor, clearly a lot of malts used on this one. If I had to wager a guess, I would say 80L, some non-malted barly, and maybe something lighter. Rich honey and dark fruit flavors in with the spice of hops. Carbonation in this beer is just lovely.

Mouthfeel- Thick and yet still very light on the tongue. Slight alcohol burn at the end. the 7.5%ABV creeps up on you. I could have this on tap not knowing the strength and unwisely put quite a few away.

Drinkability- Very, deceptively delicious. This is a very nice brown. Not my favourite of all time, but I could drink this for quite a while. Too bad it was a limited engagement.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown color, with a one-finger, creamy looking head. The smell is malty sweet with a touch of earthy hops to finish. The taste is more complex than I would have guessed from the nose; hints of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and only a slight warming sensation from the moderate alcohol content. The mouthfeel is full bodied and has a low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, a definite winner. If you can find this one, pick it up before it's gone forever!

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Mighty Brown (471 Series) from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 39 ratings