KA-BAR Brown Ale | Railhouse Brewery

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KA-BAR Brown AleKA-BAR Brown Ale
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KA-BAR Brown AleKA-BAR Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Railhouse Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 03-20-2013

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Falcone:
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, just about opaque deep brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts, roasted malts, and nuttiness with light aromas of coffee and chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of nuttiness. That is followed by light flavors of chocolate and coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades fairly quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Good but nothing great or special - rather pedestrian. Definitely drinkable but nothing I would run out to get again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An above average aroma of malt, the brown ale nuttiness, and a little chocolate.

T: Tasted of light malt, a hint of chocolate, and the aforementioned nuttiness. Not necessarily an awful flavor, but definitely on the thin, watery side. Not pushed far enough.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth, but thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is simply a very average beer. Not the most undrinkable brown ale, but certainly could have been better.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Bonzo
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Ocracoke-Bar
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this beer. It seemed to begin to get toward a strong dark beer taste but stopped and maintained a good mild flavor. Not too strong of a taste in any one area but almost perfectly balanced in a craft brew way. A nice finishing great brown ale.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass Aroma- Has a nice roasted nut aroma Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a small white head Taste- Has a nice malty flavor with a good blend of roasted nuts. Palate- A mild to medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation. Overall- A pretty good brown ale that should not be passed up.

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Photo of slasich
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sonofliberty2
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Boo_Bill
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very thick and rich. Dark chocolate color. Mildly sweet. Finishes with a very slight hop bitterness. Very smooth, delicious beer. My new favorite brown ale. Way to go, Aberdeen, North Carolina!

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Photo of Bung
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. Dark brown pour, very little light gets through. Thin layer of light tan head.

Aroma, toasted malt and nut. A little molasses. Some lighter toffee and herbal hops.

Taste, Some sweeter malt and cola. Really very little toasted malt or hop presence. The sweetness is just not quite the right type of sweetness for me. Maybe the malt bill doesn't work for my taste. Some fit and raisin also. Something just slightly fruity tart in the finish as well.

Definetely lighter with slightly higher carbonation. Maybe designed to be more of session brown, just a bit too sweet for me. Normally a sweet brown sets well with me, but not here.

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Photo of TheWillMitch
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of syndelee
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sammy806
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Izzi
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lwcreasy
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pint of this dark brown ale. Ruby outlines and a light tan, woolly head. Most noticeable about the appearance are the upward-streaming bubbles of carbonation. Interesting bustle to match the brooding, dark color for the style.

First aromas are nutty and sweet, perhaps candied. Slight chocolate and slight woody aromas are there if I dig in deep enough. As the beer warms, the chocolate and nutty notes (particularly roasted ones) begin to develop more. There is a very minor pipe tobacco scent and toffee sweetness present against the general backdrop of nuttiness.

Flavor doesn't follow the nose as much as expected. Toffee is there, with a modest smokiness that increases as it warms. And oh yeah, the nuttiness. Also, there's a surprisingly tart and bitter aftertaste.

Has a relatively light body, and feels somewhat runny on the tongue. Fairly dry and nondescript in the mouth with an astringency accompanying the aftertaste.

A solid brown ale! Might be good to pair with a pipe on a cool afternoon.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Sebas
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beth and Alex for hauling this back from NC.

This one pours a simple brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head is a sandy film of foam.

Smells of red licorice, toffee, a dry woody hop, a hit of booze and a strange floral note that comes in and out.

This one's a mess. If I sift through this, I can pull out a hint of dry cocoa and coffee, but also a little apple juice. What is predominate here is a swarm of co2 brightness, making this taste like a smooth seltzer water. "Washed out" comes to mind.

Feels bright and clean, and rather refreshing.

Well, it's easy to drink so if you're looking for a clean and easy summer beer, this may do the trick. But ultimately, it's a little too far on the light side. It may be your bag if that's your thing.

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Photo of gony21
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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KA-BAR Brown Ale from Railhouse Brewery
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