Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown AleAttic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #5,791
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States
Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown AleAttic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale
Notes: An autumn brown ale with distinctive toasty flavors from an assortment of roasted malts and grains. As a seasonal, limited release beer, its nutty characteristics offer a great companion to colder climate cuisine. A bright hop finish from Cascade and Fuggles balance the toasted grain notes to create a new expression of autumn brown ales.

Brewed with Toasted Buckwheat, Maris Otter, Victory, Brown and Chocolate malts. Balanced with a bright hop finish from Fuggles and Cascade.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 131
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a deep brown color with a finger’s worth of light off white foamy head that fell off at a good pace. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some roasted nuts, light toast, cocoa powder, light earthiness. Some grassy hops. The flavor blended the sweet to the roast and followed into the aftertaste pretty nice. Quick malty and roasty finish. The feel was centered around a medium body with a fine sessionability about it. Gets somewhat creamy along my tongue. ABV might have been a bit high for the style but still gets it done just right - good job to the brewers. Overall, pretty well done brown ale worthy of having again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown pour from a tall can to a snifter. The head is a deep nutty tan and it forms with a thick creamy consistency rising to about a cm high. Fairly good head retention and plentiful lacing in the form of spots and small sheets.

S- Toasted, browned grains make up most of the aromatics with some influence from the yeast and hardly anything from the hops. Reminds me a bit of an of an oatmeal raisin cookie with toasty nutty, slight cocoa and caramel from the grains and some dark spiced fruit from the yeast. Fresh yeast bread pokes through in the backdrop.

T- Comes off as darker and toastier here with an obvious cocoa and coffee contingent moving towards the foreground. Distinctly nutty malts, like walnuts, toast, caramel, light sweetness, cereal grains balances with spiced dried dark fruits, yeast bread and a hint of earthy hops.

MF- Rich consistency to the body that has a medium overall thickness. Silky and very smooth with a moderately low carbonation.

A very solid brown ale that is carried by the malts pretty much all the way. Rich malts bring the full spectrum from cereal to toasted nuts to cocoa.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; borwn with red accents clearly visible; with a relatively conservative pour, a 4 finger dark tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: roasted grain; bittersweet chocolate; coffee;

T: bittersweet chocolate up front; roasted grains get added before mid-palate; finish is like mildly bitter coffee;

M: medium bodied; completely over carbonated; dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: each of the 4 pours required to empty the bomber into a pint glass brought a new massive head - very over carbonated;

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. The beer was a very dark brown color; looked more like a porter or stout than most brown ales I've encountered. The head was small, but lingering and left a cola-colored lacing on the glass as I drank. The smell was pungent roastiness, with a touch of booziness. Slightly chocolatey. As it warmed up a little bit, the smell got even more potent, and the taste became slightly more pronounced too, as it tasted a little boozy to start out the fridge. Overall, the taste got stronger and eventually produced strong, burnt-grain and roasted-nut flavors. A more powerful version of the traditional autumnal brown ales, bordering on stout/porter territory. I'd drink it again, and let it warm for ten minutes out of the fridge next time. It was tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of dd43
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the most porter-like brown ale I've ever had. Pretty tasty stuff. Do not make the mistake of drinking this at fridge temp, it wants to be at least 10 degrees warmer than that to allow the roast, toasted nut and bitter chocolate notes to open up.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A lot of tan foam builds up in the glass, almost too much, and it takes some time for the cola brown liquid to build; the flip side is that there is a ton of lacing around the side of the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with walnut, chocolate and woody tones

Taste: Roast and chocolate, up front, with walnuts, hazelnuts and bitter nut skin tones building; more chocolate appears in the mid-palate with the finish bringing both earthy hops and a touch of sweetness that lingers on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad for a brown ale but I am not a fan of the style

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/30/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, maple and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of maple, coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger off white brown head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Nutty, toasted, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, bready, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with some burnt flavors and bbitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bitterness, medium bodied, low carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Spot on for the style. I like it a lot. Will be enjoying more of these in the future.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Near black color with just a touch of light on the extreme edge of the glass. Superb ring lace with a blanket of bubbles in between. Small but lasting head.

Lots of burnt black patent malt to the nose.

Blind folded, I would think stout here. Lots burnt toast up front. The swallow is slightly creamy. The aftertaste is similar to burnt toast. The body is below average, but the carbonation is low.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color—closer inspection reveals that it is clear dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high light brown head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles that covered nearly the entire surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the overall taste is very nutty and also has some hints of roasted malts. No sweetness or toasted malt flavors are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has to be the nuttiest brown ale I ever tried. Although the nutty flavors are very dominant, there seem to be a variety of different malts used that lends complex flavors of different nuts and makes things interesting.

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Photo of far333
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque mahogany colored with ruddy highlights. A light brown frothy head lingers long, and remains for the duration of the glass. Aroma of roasty malt, charred bark, cocoa, raisin and root beer.

RIch flavor of darkly roasted malt, cocoa, brown sugar, espresso, and raisin. Firm bitterness from roast malt, plus some floral understated hops. Full and rich mouthfeel. Really good beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep brown with a fluffy light brown cap. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Malty aroma, lots of roast and toffee, slight chocolate and burnt notes, faint hops -- very nice. Similar character in the flavour, but with moderate bitterness and slight tartness in the finish. Mild citrus was prominent up front and also lingered in the finish, earthy and slightly sweet overall. A bit of astringency was present, medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, decent texture. A good brown, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Omnium
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber > 2X IPA Glass

A - Pours a rich creamy looking dark brown with nearly two fingers of tan head, nice medium tangents of lacing.
S - Wonderful aroma, a massive roasted and toasted grain and malt aroma, lots of hazelnut, some burnt hickory chips, oak, caramel, toffee, a little bit of alcohol, burnt dark chocolate, slight coffee roast.
T - Taste is nearly identical to the aroma, lots of toasted malts and caramel, a lot of burnt kind of aftertaste, rich coffee bean roasts as well.
M - This is what I like least, there is some alcohol burn to it, and its especially bitter for a brown ale, its definitely full.
O - This is an outstanding brown ale, the toasted traits in this shine for sure. Its just a bit too bold for my normal liking at 7.5%, but do not let that deter you, this is a real treat to have.

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Photo of Ego
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a good ole fluffy 2 fingers if light tan foam, pretty much as dark as brown can get, light passing through certainly has its work cut out for it, thank goodness for GPS... the lacing is really nice leaving a historical record on the sides of the glass like some rock face in the great canyon or such, the head fades at a decent pace (kind of like my hairline) but never quite goes away, after all that verbosity this is simply a good looking brew.

strong sweet coffee flooded with some sweet ass molasses, cocoa powder, some kind of fall spice... nutmeg ? the aroma is strong and delicious

taste etc...
a nice medium thickness in the mouth, the flavors match the nose to a tee with a slight more emphasis on the lingering chocolate notes, there is some burnt flavor in there (if you like starbucks you would like this), the flavor is really full here, lots of bitter chocolate
notes, a good amount of sweetness, lingering notes all over the place.the carbonation is pretty slick, just enough to keep things going and it gets out of the way when the flavor train comes down the track.Each sip is an invite to the party, you just are compelled to have some more.

delicious, wonderfully tasty beer, perfect for the season, not too heavy but with heft... not too boozy but has some punch. great brew. this brewery has certainly impressed me lately.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Lovely aroma that's sweet and toasty with notes of milk chocolate, hazelnut and coffee. Slightly musty with a noticeable alcohol fume.

T- Enticing flavor that reminds me of peanut brittle. Quite complex too as milk chocolate, mild anise and a coffee aftertaste all make appearances. Alcohol is there but manages to mingle with the rest of the flavors nearly perfectly resulting in high drinkability.

M- Slightly creamy with mild carbonation and quite a full body for a brown ale.

O- I can see why this is Slumbrew's highest rated beer. Very tasty and intricate for a brown ale. A higher ABV and good sweetness are also big pluses.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with a big off white fluffy creamy head. A bit of lace and retention. Big roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some wood and booze and coffee. This is a serious brown ale. Has many qualities of a stout. Big flavor and full body. The malt profile is unique and super tasty. Smooth and creamy. Delicious stuff. Shines at room temperature. This is borderline stout or porter. Amazing beer.

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Photo of cvm4
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown, no light is getting through here. Has a light tan head to go with it.

S - Very toasty and nutty. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Very tasty! Hits you with some rich dark chocolate, roasted malts about, light brown sugar and ends in a bitter coffee finish.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation and smell/velvety with a wet finish. Hints of abv peak through where one can feel it.

O - Excellent beer that ups the style a notch.

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Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/20/12. 5 months old.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a good sized and frothy light brown head. Head fades pretty slowly, nice head retention. Only little chunks of fluffy lacing here and there, pretty minimal.

S: Really nice. Loaded to the hilt with toasted malt and nuts. Like toasted bread crusts. Swear I get just a hint of piney hops too.

T: Strong toasted malt up front, bordering on burnt toast but not quite making it there. Nice strong nuttiness especially in the middle. Almost hazelnut-like....combined with the toasted malt it almost tastes like really mild hazelnut coffee sometimes. Finish has just a hint of pine along with the sweet nuttiness and even some chocolate. Maybe a touch of brown sugar. Lingering toast in the aftertaste, fairly bitter now that the sweetness has faded.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Nice brown ale. Strong, distinct flavors. This one is almost 6 months old so any hoppiness this may have had has faded. Will have to try this fresh sometime, right now it tastes more like an english brown ale (not that that is a bad thing). Either way it's still a tasty brown ale.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, yet dark brown with dark crimson tints. Head is big and fluffy. It maintains a good height and laces all over the glass.

S-Nutty and yeasty. There is a clear note of char as well. Some light roasty notes too. Mostly there is that nutty and yeasty combination.

T-The taste brings forth much more coffee with a nutty infusion. Almost like almond or hazelnut coffee. Really burnt toast. Light notes of chocolate with walnuts imbedded within. There is an underlying bitterness with minimal hop flavor as well.

M-Feels lighter than the relatively high ABV. Lighter in body; you won't mix this up with another style very easily(does have some Porter elements though).

O/D-A decent beer. The flavors are well placed but for some reason it did not resonate with me much. Good but not great, I will give Slumbrew some points for brewing a solid Brown Ale however. There needs to be more Browns.

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Photo of acevenom
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours clear dark brown, but turns opaque as it collects in the glass. There's a thick, creamy tan head and visible tiny bubbles rising along the side of the glass. The beer smells like a typical brown ale with dark roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, and some woodiness from the hops. I don't get any alcohol in the scent. The flavor up front is nice and roasty with chocolate and nuts. Then the bitterness lingers in the back end of the mouth. There's some nice woodiness or perhaps pecan shell sort of flavor. The mild malty sweetness is well balanced by the back end hop bitterness. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The beer is slick and the alcohol provides a nice warming effect even though it is only mildly detectable in the flavor. This beer drinks pretty well for a 7.5% ABV beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An opaque black brown color with a healthy light brown head and generous lacing. The aroma offers deep, sweet coffee with a hint of charcoal, very solid. The flavor follows with much more charcoal but it's nicely mellowed by nutty-chocolate malt. There's a toasted oatmeal edge and it's such a well blended brew with a wonderful, mildly full bodied, velvetty feel! Impressive.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, only 1 review for this beer... it's been out for a little while at least, well either way my turn.

Pours an off color creamy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice lacing, over super dark molasses brown with barely any light able to sneak through its grasp.

Nose just erupts with toasted nuts, toasted breaded candied almonds, some walnuts or chestnuts, and pecans, all covered in some brown sugar, and toasted grains. Plenty of toasted malt aromas as well, brown malts, plenty of caramel, toffee, molasses, a little fluffy nougat, and even a hint of chocolate caramel candies, and just a hint of roast.

Taste comes on sweet, rich and lush. Sweet syrupy malt flavors dominate initially, with molasses, tons of brown sugar, caramel, a little toffee, etc. which is followed by the toasty malts again, light fluffy nougat, a light juicy malt, and even a hint of roast similarly to the nose. Chocolate comes through a little, more of a milk chocolate with some mild bitterness, and along with the loaded caramel, nougat, and nut flavors this is almost like an ice cream sundae. Speaking of nuts, plenty of them as well, all toasted nuts, pecans, almonds, and light overall nutty flavor, again doused in brown sugar. Caramelized candy, light creme brulee. Then later a bit of some earthy slightly grassy and spicy hops come through with some bitterness. The finish dries a little but remains somewhat sticky and syrupy, plenty of lingering toasted nuts, malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, little chocolate and nougat lingering, etc. The slightly spicy hops also come through a bit more on the finish.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, rich and lush, little sticky, syrup, decent carb, slightest hint of warming booze that is mostly hidden in the sweet lush malts.

Overall nice, but a bit over the top for my tastes. The malts are very nice, great sweet flavors, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, etc, and nice nutty flavors, lots of toasty flavors which are also nice, and not to mention the hint of chocolate and roast really add a nice layer of complexity. The hops are a nice touch on the finish too. However, that being said, it's a bit too sweet and syrupy overall to be a great beer, but a nice dessert beer that goes well with the caramel bourbon pecan bread pudding I'm about to enjoy.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a deep deep brown almost black with a slight ruby mahogany hue around. The edges when held to the light, very dark for a brown Ale. I get a finger and a half of toasty looking head After a moderate pour. Nice head retention and a bit of lacing... Good looking beer.

S: nice dark toastyness, with notes of chocolate and dark coffee. A nuttyness comes out more and more as this brew warms. Nice smelling brew.

T: this is very tasty... Nice toasty chocolate notes mixed with nutty and coffe like flavors... Very well balanced and delicious.

M: heavy creamy mouthfeel for a brown ale, this seems to have a heavy porter or almost stout like mouthfeel, with nice moderate creamy carbonation, and a dry nutty toasty finish.

O: this beer is delicious.

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Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 131 ratings