Free Will Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #107
Ranked #12,833
3.92 | pDev: 12.76%
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Coffee Oatmeal Brown

This unique and complex seasonal ale is free will’s best-selling seasonal. This very strong brown ale has a delicious malty backbone with notes of caramel, brown sugar and graham cracker. Aged on a unique and complex bean that provides additional peppery and molasses like flavors in addition to the classic coffee presence in the aroma and on the palate.

IBU: 20
°P: 20.6
SRM: 20
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 295 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by awess1221:
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awess1221 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Great coffee aroma. The body was alot lighter than I expected but still pleasant as it didn't over power the beer.

Oct 30, 2014
More User Reviews:
FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Nov 29, 2014
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came to me in a tulip, very dark brown in color a mocha head sat on top and was pretty tall.
Aroma has a lot of coffee grounds in it. Some toasted malts and sweetness too.
Drinks like the nose with a big coffee taste. But as it warms the coffee mellows and some roasted malts maybe even a bit of toffee come through. Hints of cocoa mingles in the taste too.
Drinks a heavy medium on the palate, smooth but alittle washed out.
A very good beer.

Jun 22, 2013
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

Feb 17, 2013
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chefhatt from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 15, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

Dec 07, 2013
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whatname from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

Apr 10, 2014
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smithj4 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At Gingerman in NYC.
Pours a murky reddish brown color with one finger of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Nose definitely has peanut butter, chocolate, light coffee, toasted notes, bread and biscuit malts. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth.
Overall an interesting beer and I dig the nose.

Nov 14, 2016
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garuda from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Nov 10, 2013
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Timtac from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 11, 2017
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ShemRahBoo from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Dec 27, 2013
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j4mmin42 from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This is an exceptional brew, but it really is overpowered by the coffee. The thing is, this doesn't take away from the beverage at all- it enhances it nearly perfectly. As far as the ABV- it's refreshing to have a sipping beer that does not have the sweet, syrupy qualities of a barleywine etc; being that those beers are usually not for me, this does rather well in the same role.

Nov 15, 2014
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jp312 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

Mar 14, 2013
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duceswild from England

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Oct 08, 2013
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zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 13, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on draft at Pearly Baker's Alehouse in Easton, PA.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber mahogany color with good clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee dominates the aroma. You do pick a bit of oatmeal and some fruitiness.

Taste: Coffee mellows out well with the oatmeal and malty flavors. Some lingering bitterness too from the coffee that is nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, roasty, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty good find here while traveling through Easton, PA. Nice and roasty and delicious.

Nov 24, 2012
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Oct 22, 2013
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 11/8/17, poured into a pint glass

A- A lighter clear brown with a two finger off white head.

S- Coffee, nutty, some toffee, caramel, some graham crackers.

T- Coffee, caramel/toffee, hints of graham crackers, slightly earthy.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty brown ale with coffee. Held up pretty good for almost a year old.

Sep 16, 2018
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lobos62 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Sep 28, 2013
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Dec 18, 2013
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Medium/light brown color with a thin tan head that faded quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S---Strong coffee. Mild graham cracker & brown sugar.

T---Wifey pegged this one without even knowing what it was. She said strong coffee, some bitter chocolate and mild oatmeal. I'll agree with her, but I actually knew what I was drinking.

F---Medium bodied with light carbonation. One for a winter night.

O---A quality effort by a quality brewery. I'd get this one again and I'm interested in the variants.

May 04, 2020
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mpalestino from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

Oct 17, 2013
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socon67 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 11, 2016
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BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had this beer at The Washington House in Sellersville, PA. This beer is brewed in Perkasie, PA and the brewery itself is only about 2 miles away.

Served in a goblet-like glass

A - Beer arrived with a half-finger, mocha-colored head. It's a very deep brown, almost black color, totally opaque. Nice lacing left after drinking.

S - A nice coffee aroma

T - A huge coffee presence mixed with some chocolate-like sweetness. The beer is rather bitter but it goes down really smooth. The oatmeal isn't really noticeable. The ABV is slightly noticeable but never overpowers the beer.

M - A medium body. Medium carbonation. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste

O - I really enjoyed this beer. The brewery is less than 3 miles from my home and I'd gladly pick up a growler of this. I've had several of Free Will's offerings and I've been impressed with them all.


Feb 08, 2013
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 295 ratings