Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Gnarly Brown | MadTree Brewing

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
89
very good
29 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Gnarly BrownGnarly Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by meanmutt on 04-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
204
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
23.46%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 204
Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick layer of creamy tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown. Leaves some lace.

Flavor profile: Sweet at first. Kind of like candy and syrup. Chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. Some roasted notes with hints of coffee. Maybe some brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied. Ends a little dry and roasted.

Overall, a nice drinking brown. It tastes a little bigger than a regular brown ale. Very flavorful.

 425 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 11/10/2014. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear brown color with some reddish tints to it. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like brown sugar, nuts, vanilla and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some toasted malt and a light bitter hoppiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brown ale, I wouldn't mind buying this again. Nice to see the MadTree cans finally come to Columbus! $9.99 a 6-pack.

 581 characters

Photo of JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that is slightly translucent. One finger of light tan head. Dissipated quickly some lacing.

Smell is coffee, brown bread, fusel alcohol, nuttiness, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste is coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. There is a nice nuttiness in the finish and some earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy.

Overall a very nice take on a brown ale.

 378 characters

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at the Dublin Irish Festival.
This is no ordinary brown ale. Bold and rich with a well hidden ABV. This applies to both the aroma and the flavor.
This malt bomb also has a relatively full and nicely smooth feel.

O: recommended!

 239 characters

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Iparedman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the can a caramel amber, with a medium head of tan suds. Minimal lace.

Aroma: Nutty, caramel, malty, toffee. Fair enough.

Taste: Nutty sweet, with a touch of buttery toffee and a hint of citrus hops at the finish. A solid and very enjoyable brown ale, and a fairly stiff one at that (7%)!

 313 characters

Photo of zimm421
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconOne
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of athesing10
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Ohiolager
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Dirt
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JustinSparks
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crewfish
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers in Cincinnati. It is full flavored and has a beautiful dark color. This beer makes the perfect gift for an out of town friend. I recommended stopping by the brewery and filling up a growler to take home. Madtree has an exceptional selection. I celebrate this brewery's entire line-up.

 314 characters

Photo of SeriousALEment
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of XUJOE
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of rjp217
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much thanks to Ricardo for getting me this brew!

A: Very dark brown with a full coffee and cream head.

S: Floury and bready. There is a slight spice note with perhaps a touch of raisin or brown sugar.

T: Tasty, with dark bread, toffee and perhaps a tiny hint of black tea. There is a strong bitterness in the finish, with a touch of an earthy flavor.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation seems really high. The finish is dry.. very dry. The finish seems strange, long lasting bitterness and dryness takes away from the brew.

O: Overall good, but the mouthfeel throws it a bit out of whack.

 596 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Gnarly Brown from MadTree Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe