Clocktower Bytown Brown | The Clocktower Brew Pub - Glebe

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Brewed by:
The Clocktower Brew Pub - Glebe
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Bytown Brown is a surprisingly light beer.

It is a light drinking beer complete with a complex blend of sweet and roasted malts, leaving the drinker feeling refreshed.

There are seven different types of malt in the Brown. They range from coffee, chocolate, toffee and caramel malts. All the malts have been added in the proper proportion to ensure that one flavor does not dominate the palette.

28 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2005

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by jbonapar:
Photo of jbonapar
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see clock tower releasing beers in cask form. Poured a slightly hazy brown, thin head. Not much of an aroma today...slight hops. Taste is slight chocolate with. Stronger hop profile than the normal beer. Slight Carmel. Again an ok beer, better thn their standard.

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Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown colour, mollasses aroma, served on the warm side British style I guess. Fresh with some head, creamy but light body. Malty sweet, faint bitter, but bland. There may be a drop of vanilla, but it is like one of these fancy teas and is not so drinkable.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at the Ottawa brewpub. Served in a pint glass, cool.

A-Thin off white head dark brown garnet body

S-Very floral aroma

T-Smoky malt front medicinal hop at the end


D-Not great but not terrible. Hop end is a little off putting for the style.

Sent from my iPod

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Photo of Yoozeo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brown brew, a small warm off-white head. Little curtains and small lacing.

Smelling of burned bread, coffee and dark fruits.

Tasting of burned bread, coffee and dark fruits, some sausages and a fruit acidity.

Medium low carbonation, soft and smooth, a good body and a smooth dry finish.

A clean well balanced brew, almost stout qualities.

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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-tinged dark brown. Head is beige; medium bubbles but nice irregular sinkage. Lace is good.

Smells decent. Good roasty notes with decent coffee edge, touch of spice, but sweet. Brown sugar, cinnamon and pepper. Very pleasant; what I want a brown ale to smell like.

Taste is very roasty and spicy. Big coffee notes on there, quite dry, with black pepper noticeable, some red pepper as well as notes of cumin, cayenne and charcoal. Really rather bitter, but OK.

Carbonation is noticeable upfront but settled on the back by decent body. Not bad.

Gives a more portery vibe than a brown ale. Not a bad thing, but still makes me want to mark it down a bit.

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Photo of LoveBeerNo7
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Kremlock
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice frothy head that is slightly off white then settles to a thin cream. Dark brown in colour with hues of mahogany.

S: Toasted caramel, tasted bread and slightly smokey.

T: Again the toasted caramel/bread comes through. Presence of melted bitter chocolate and a slight nutty flavour. The bitterness of the hops sure comes through.

M: Medium body, dry mid point to the end but a bit over carbonated.

O: This was a great beer to have with my ribs. The bitterness is present beginning to end with a nice dryness to it. The tasted flavours are well present.

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Photo of Bestuurder
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bytown Brown poured a deep brown, almost black colouration, with a wonderful aroma, not smell, aroma of chocolate and licorice. It was very well balanced with many simple notes of chocolate and licorice, not that the licorice is detected at first, but apparent at later stages. The server brought it to me at a very cold temperature (8-9C), and as the evening went on, the beer became more enjoyable as it hit roughly 14C, bringing out those characteristic notes of a dark brown.

The brown had a marvelous feel to the palate, almost like a malt texture, without the malt (thank goodness). The head was a slight brown, thick and full textured. If I had the time to sit there and simply enjoy the beer all night, I most certainly would choose this one as my favourite. Where can I get the recipe?

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Photo of BrewSomerville
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on my first visit to the Clocktower Brewpub.
The Bytown Brown has a nice but delicate aroma. The colour was of course brown, a wee bit on the darker side. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it wasn't too crisp. The flavour was very nutty, in a way it reminded me of the Nut-Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co. There wasn't very much hop influence (not a bad thing in this case). Overall, I liked it enough to bring me back to the Clocktower next time I'm in Ottawa.

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Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of bobsy
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown body with a small bubbly tan head, and decent retention. Slightly sweet, nutty aroma with a good helping of cocoa. The taste delivered on the aroma, with the exact same element shining through, although I feel that they could have been more assertive. Smoothm but light moutheel. Very drinkable, but not an outstanding brew.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good head over clear brown liquid. Hints of coffee and light fruit on the nose and maybe even a touch of anise. Flavour has some grapefruit, apple, light toasted grain and lemon-lime. A touch too acidic up front and not enough oomph in the middle though. Finish is rather nondescript.

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Photo of -chii-
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Clocktower Bytown Brown from The Clocktower Brew Pub - Glebe
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 22 ratings