Barracks Brown | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
50%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 74 Ratings
Barracks BrownBarracks Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada
wildrosebrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark brown and ruby hued, this ale expresses notes of espresso and chocolate. Very approachable, Wild Rose Brown Ale is mildly hopped with a medium body and a clean finish. Don't be afraid of the dark. Get down with the Brown.

16 IBU

Added by MAB on 10-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,774
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
74
Liked:
37
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
10.3%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Finally getting around to giving this local standard the formal review treatment, single bottle poured into a tulip glass. A slightly hazy root beer brown with a minimal amount of beige head and an aroma that splits the difference between nutty caramel malts and English hops, with brown sugar and toffee notes most apparent along with some raisin, vanilla, oily walnut meat, and underripe stone fruit. Gorgeous aroma really. Palate is less bold and rich but largely follows suit, with some leafy, lightly fruity hops cutting the sweetness and the whole brew consequently drinking as quite a bit lighter than it really is. Pleasant light toffee, dry cacao, and nut flavors do emerge as the beer warms. Moderate to high carbonation and a semi-dry, nigh-tangy finish with some nut shells and wispy vanilla caramel notes nudging you as they flit past. If I had to compare to its local competitor Big Rock Traditional (Trad; see that review), I prefer this take on the style ... Less sweet, more nutty and hoppy, with a flavor profile that develops better over the course of a pint.

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Photo of Ianleesrivette
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Muhly
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from 355 ml. bottle.

A-Pours with one finger of white head that drops quickly. Leaves a trace of lacing on the glass. Deep dark brown colour.

S-Very malty and sweet with hints of hay. Very slight hop aroma.

T-Malt forward. Slightly sweet and caramely.

M-Creamy with mild/moderate carbonation.

O-Always good and very drinkable. A nice change of pace from really hoppy beers.

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Photo of Progrock
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favourite beer by WR. I frequent the tap house in Calgary and usually end up drinking nothing but brown's. Well, unless it's Christmas time. Then I get the seasonal Cherry Porter. Beautiful dark brown colour (almost as dark as a porter) with a strong fragrance of coffee, chocolate, malt and some hops. An awesome blend of all key ingredients with a touch of caramel and a slightly bitter after taste. If you're a fan of brown ales, then I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown that turns dark coppery with a distinctly amber/red hue when held to light. Quite clear with more than a few bubbles rising. Small light tan head that sticks around pretty good. Nice bunch of lace too.

S: Quite chocolaty for a brown. Plentiful notes of nutty & sweet. Only a hint of pale & biscuit background. Not finding any hops. Fair strength with interesting character.

T: Lots of chocolaty and loads of nutty. A bit of sweetness & biscuit / pale base. Edge of metallic gets in there. Ghost hint of diacetyl too. Hint of roast. Herbal hops for balance in the background & growing in the finish.

M: Medium body with matched yet cushiony carbonation. Less texture than expected but it does have some. Finish stays neutral to a hint sweet with just a barest bit of hop drying way at the end.

D: More chocolate than the usual just beyond session strength brown. Otherwise a good solid brewpub brown. Tasty, drinkable, & easy to have a few.

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Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Avant_Garage
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TJMcScmeebs
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Converge
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Deep brown hue with highlights of amber when held up to the light. Frothy tan head that settles to a thick cap and laces excellently.

S - Sweet caramel malt upfront with mild hops in the finish. Slight nuttiness to it, but this is overall really mild and doesn't provide much aroma at all.

T - Follows the nose really closely. Caramel malt dominates, with some nuttiness following it up. Light floral hops come up in the finish. Maybe some brown sugar, and even some very slight roastiness, but this ale doesn't give very much flavor.

M - Nice and full, with low carbonation. Probably the best thing going for this beer, as it feels weighty but smooth.

D - An unspectacular brown ale all around. A malty but mild local offering I'll likely pass on next time.

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Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Vandelayindustri
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of GabesAles
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: decent looking beer, but head was good, deflated faster then i would have liked, but not too bad... nice dark brown color, very clear, no haze.

Smell: smells malty, caramel

Taste: kind of sweet, estery, very malty, not very bitter, I did not find it to have a nice balance, A little too estery for me, perhaps fermented at higher temps... or not aged long enough before bottling..

Mouthfeel: It's no worse than the mouthfeel of a typical macro, however i expect better mouthfeel from a craft brewed brown ale... certainly does not have a velvety mouth coating characteristic

Overall: Unfortunately i did not find this to be a great brew, I would not buy it again

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Photo of evlu1441
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in the $1 singles bin at my local liquor store. There isn't any freshess date, so hopefully it's still good. I've had a couple beers from Wild Rose, and they seem to have a good thing going on. Hopefully this is as good as the IPA I remember.

This beer pours a very deep, almost opaque, red colour... It's a very "brown ale" indeed. There's about one finger of head sitting on top, that shows no signs of going anywhere.

The aroma is slightly funky. The bready yeast is very apparent, alongside some roasty malt. I'm guessing mine might be on the old side if it has this unusual smell.

The flavour is light, but the dark toasy malt comes through. It's sweet to start, and the hops are quite subdued. It almost has a bit of a dark fruit and chocolate taste. the light body makes this an easy drink, but also drowns out some of the flavours that start to develop.

Overall, this is a very average brown ale for me. I'd rather have a Big Rock Trad than this (another Calgary brewery). It's not too bad though. Perhaps my bottle was on the old side.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear root beer color with a huge amount of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. It appears clear, and with a fairly pathetic looking tan color head, that is very thin, and settles to a patchy looking film. The lacing is modest at best....it starts out promising, then fizzles to a water bubble like texture on the side of my glass. Not an enticing looking brew...

S- This area is better, with aromas of sweet caramel, coffee bean, and dark chocolate dominating the smell. There is a somewhat earthy nut smell in the middle and the finish is comprised of wet soil, molasses and roasted malt.

T- This is flavorful, albeit light. There is flavors of toasted almond, chocolate, coffee and toasted wheat bread. There isn't much of a hop bitterness, but it is there, ever so slightly. Overall, it is much like the aroma, but with a little more complexity. I find the flavors don't last long after the swallow, making this a somewhat bland tasting brown ale IMO.

M- Fairly heavy carbonation for the style I find and this was light in body unfortunately. While i find it quite flavorful, it doesn't last and doesn't permeate the palate that well. It lacks a real depth overall.

O- It's not a bad tasting beer, but I feel that its' character is fairly bland for the style. It's too clean and crisp for my liking and is good for those maybe entering this type of beer. Very average overall.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A favoured style of mine, and given past experience with Wild Rose I am eager to try this one. Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a one-finger head with poor retention; a collar of foam remains around the edge of the glass with some lacing but that's about it. The color is nice but the lack of any sort of head is a little off-putting. Smell is malty with espresso and chocolate; very appealing.

This is a really tasty beer. Very malt-forward with caramel and roasted nut flavours, and a slight hop bitterness underlying it which extends into the finish, where the coffee and chocolate notes come in more strongly. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; a little chewy. Low to medium-low carbonation, not distracting from the deliciousness at all. Very drinkable; potentially a good session beer.

So far I've tried 5 beers from this brewery and they've all been above average to quite good. Any fan of english-style brown ales would probably be pleased with this purchase, and it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of scott451
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into a pint glass produced a two finger bubbly tan head on a very dark (almost black) clear ruby. The head diminishes to a cap but sticks around. Some patchy lace clings to the glass.

Matly smells with some chocolaty notes. The taste is of roasted malts up front with a chocolaty slide down to a lingering, very mild and sightly sour bitter hop finish. Very restrained but well balanced. Quite nice really.

Good carbonation and fairly light for a brown ale. Not much sign of the coffee some reviewers (and the label) speak of, but a very nice and balanced brown ale.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear dark brown, reminiscent of Coca-Cola, thin layer of head with little retention and some noticeable carbonation.

S - Quite bready with roasted coffee, burnt sugar, caramel and some nutty almond tones on the finish.

T - Bready caramel is complemented by a leafy green finish. Only slightly bitter with roasted coffee and some dark cocoa that lingers on the tongue. Yummy!

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perfect carbonation levels and the finish leaves your tongue wet and waiting for more.

D - This is definitely one of my favourites by Wild Rose. It won't knock your socks off, but it is nicely flavoured, has a good mouthfeel and goes down smooth. Definitely a worthy offering to any Brown Ale fan, and definitely does the style justice.

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Barracks Brown from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 74 ratings
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