Granola Brown Ale
Black Hog Brewing Co.

Granola Brown AleGranola Brown Ale
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Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #130
Ranked #16,946
3.88 | pDev: 9.54%
Mar 06, 2022
Jul 04, 2014
Very Good
Granola Brown AleGranola Brown Ale
Notes: Before a big pig roast, we love to go on a long hike to get the blood flowin’ and our stomachs ready for a serious feast. To keep us going, we pack a few bags of crunchy granola. Then it came to us! Granola Brown allows us to have the best of both worlds - a refreshing brew with all the wonders of our delicious granola! Take this beer on your next hike or hike one up to your lips for a satisfying energy packed libation. Don’t want to pair your beer with a hike? Try our Granola Brown with a nutty Alpine cheese like Springbrook Tarentaise, Comte or Gruyere.
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3.94 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

First, hold the pig. It's brown, but a dark brown, with a light biege enduring head. There's also some real nice glass lacing. The aroma holds some roasted malt, some faint hopping and a good hit of whole grain breadiness. The taste is indeed a bit more roasted malt flavored than the standard Brown Ale. It's not problematically so, it actually adds another layer of complexity. It isn't close to the burnt coffee reminder from some stouts and without noticeable hopping, is a welcome play against the bready and earthiness overall. Everything here is in commendable balance. The roasted malt effect adds just the right about of bitterness and that helps dry the finish. The mouthfeel is a little light, even for a brown ale, but it's only a minor fault. This is above average and close to exceptional brown ale.

Oct 22, 2021
3.98 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2021
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 05, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

On draft, June 2021.
Nice clear, chestnut brown color with a good foamy head.
Sweet malt and hazlenuts on the nose.
Body is thicker than it appears, roasted malts and nutty flavours. Hops very light, as they should be.
Very nice brown you could drink a few of watching a game.

Jun 20, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Reddish brown color with medium carbonation, just below average body
.... aroma is earthy dark honey, granola, some mild coffee and chocolate and an odd aroma i can only describe as clay.
Taste is weaker than the aroma with honey sweetened granola,milk chocolate, malt, and a little coffee.
Overall its good,gets better as it warms up.

Jun 13, 2021
3.97 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Apr 01, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MAB from Canada (AB)

Beer #11 of the 2020 Calendar.

Nice clear dark amber colour. Chocolate & grain aroma. No hops.
Sweeter than I imagined, but in a good way. The interplay of sweetness and malty graininess really works.
I didn't taste anything "granola" but I did taste a very good ale.

Dec 12, 2020
3.81 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Nov 10, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 12/18/19 "Drink 2 the hog". I think I will, cheers mfs

Always always always in the mood for a good brown, and this one has been looking at me from the shelf for a few liquor store trips, just now sprung for it

Pours a rich brown with red/amber highlights and a finger of tan head that fades slowly, decent lacing

Aromas of full bodied coffee and dark chocolate primarily, some dark malts, a lot more roast than I'm used to in a brown, but with sweet chocolate and vanilla to offset it

The taste starts off very sweet, with chocolate combining with dark fruit, until that roast comes in. Not too heavy but present for sure, it takes over with a bittersweet bite that drives to a slightly sweet conclusion

Wow this one is thick. Full bodied for sure, impressive depth for the abv, this is super smooth. Very gentle carbonation makes it feel alive despite the chewiness. Even with all of this, it finishes quite dry and leaves me wanting more

Very good brown ale for the price, just $2 for a single can, I could revisit this one for sure. Impressive stuff

May 11, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

The CANQuest (tm)'s backlog is getting to be like that pesky loose thread on a knit sweater. You know how it goes, pull on it & all of a sudden, everything unravels & you are left with a ball of yarn that used to be a sweater! I had a Black Hog Pilsner a little bit ago, then thought, "Hmm, I think that I've got a few more from Black Hog. Lemme see. What? I could have sworn that I already reviewed THAT one!". OMFG. Now, I've got an impromptu brewery horizontal on my hands!

From the CAN: "Before a big pig roast we love to go on a long hike to get the blood flowin’ and our stomachs ready for a serious feast. To keep us going we pack a few bags of crunchy granola. Then it came to us - Granola Brown allows us to have the best of both worlds - a refreshing brew with all the wonders of our delicious granola! Take this beer on your next hike or hike one up to your lips for a satisfying energy packed libation. Try our Granola Brown with a nutty alpine cheese like Springbrook Tarentaise, Comte or Gruyere."; "Cheers! Tom, Jason and Tyler"; "World Beer Cup 2016 Gold Award".

It seemed strange to be holding a mere 12-fl oz CAN again after so many pint CANs, but muscle memory kicked in & I was good to go. I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. This resulted in a pseudo-cascade that ended up forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention, laving a LOT of lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27), although MUCH closer to 22 & with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetish maltiness, like maple brown sugar oatmeal at breakfast or oatmeal cookies with brown sugar. Did they use oats in this? I wonder. It had a quality that did not bespeak full-on malted barley. Hmm. Mouthfeel was surprisingly big, full, thick & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue! I was ill-prepared for that. The taste had a bittersweet chocolate quality as well as a CANtinuation of the brown sugar taste that I noted on the nose. Mmm. Finish was semi-sweet, which was fine by me. I generally eschew sweets in any form & I would have enjoyed this a lot less as a result. YMMV.

Mar 28, 2020
3.41 by KLReed from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Specialmick from Connecticut

Look....dark brown but I see a light tan head
Smell...smells like beer...faint hint of hops
Taste...hint of nuttiness, roasty, I get the granola taste on the back end
Feel... light, not sticky. I wish it was a little more full bodied but at 5.7% not bad
Overall... good not OMG great but definitely good. I think I'm gonna have to have a few more. A friend gifted me this one but I would def get a sixer at 11 bucks. A nice dark full flavored beer that is not too heavy

Jan 21, 2020
3.75 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 06, 2020
3.73 by sisterofba from Maryland on Nov 22, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by PORK from Pennsylvania

Dark, sweet, thick with nice roastiness and mild bitterness...thick head and very hearty.

Sep 14, 2019
3.95 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Aug 10, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

the first i have ever seen or heard of these guys, a cool idea for a brown ale, although i dont know if its actually made with granola or any of its constituent parts. its got a ton of flavor, a little bit more sweetness than many, and a good hearty body, but remains satisfying to drink on and isnt too heavy. its quite nuanced too, with notes of honey and oats in here, if it is made with granola or its elements, these are the ones that jump out. there seems to be some protein to the body, and there is a floral sweetness that seems unlikely to have come from barley malt alone. i get some dry nutty character as well, an english element to the grain as well perhaps, and some nice rich layers of milk and dark chocolate, all very well integrated into a brown ale that on the whole doesnt seem too radical, but definitely offers something a bit more complex to the drinker who lets it unfold slowly. i could do with a little less residual sugar, but if thats a necessary catalyst for this being as dynamic as it is, ill take it. a fun one to try, i would be curious how its actually made. these cats are on my radar now for sure, this was really enjoyable.

Aug 01, 2019
3.85 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2019
4.11 by BidYouABrew from Washington on Jul 21, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz can poured into a small snifter.

A: Very dark brown, approaching black. Head settles out after a short time. Wispy lacing.

S: Roasty with hints of coffee beans and hazelnut fudge. Burnt multigrain bread and mild smoke. Hint of steeliness. Whiffs of herbal hops and some earthy and tea-like aromas.

T: Follows the nose for the most part. Roasty up front with notes of burnt multigrain toast, acidic black coffee, and bakers chocolate. Complex grain flavors. Herbal hops spike on the mid-palate. Subtle tea-like flavors. Steely. Very dry overall. Long roasty and bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body. Light creaminess. Carbonation is very firm and crisp, with some hard scrubbing action. Gripping astringency.

O: A unique beer driven by its complex grain bill and a pervasive roastiness that all but puts it in porter territory. The dryness of it makes it an easy quaffer.

Jul 04, 2019
3 by prisdefer from New York on Jun 22, 2019
4.01 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Jun 12, 2019
4.35 by dave_ackbar from Hawaii on Mar 26, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by AmishSlacker from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Thick, light-tan colored foam slowly dissipates to a thin foam around the edges. Smells malty, with caramel and oats. Tastes slightly sweet malty, nutty, and oats followed by a piney hops. Very light carbonation on the tongue and a slightly buttery swallow, but clean and somewhat dry after. Overall, a pleasant brown ale and I can taste why they went with the Granola name.

Mar 06, 2019
3.73 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Feb 05, 2019
3.75 by Magnapinna from Connecticut on Jan 03, 2019
3.99 by cambabeer from New York on Jan 01, 2019
4 by Leiermann from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2018
4.1 by fhall55 from Connecticut on Dec 06, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by sdeem from Washington


Dec 02, 2018
3.79 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
3.4 by GuitarIPA from Connecticut on Nov 25, 2018
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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Abogus from Connecticut

Very good taste; unique almost nutty. Smooth

Oct 28, 2018
3.5 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Oct 20, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Tastes just as the name indicates, slightly sweet, good hearty brown
..perfect fall beer...well done.

Oct 12, 2018
4.03 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2018
3.75 by Gaddabble from Ohio on Oct 02, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Amendm from Florida

12-oz. bottle into a 16-oz mug. A light pour was needed to keep the tan frothy head under two fingers. A thin cap and jagged lacing continued to the end.
Dark chess nut brown, appears dark amber with ruby edges in front of light.
Smells of sweet malt and roasted nuts, coffee and floral hops.
Taste is sweet malt and chocolate up front as semi-sweet malt with roasted oats and coffee bitters the middle with a hop bite to the semi-dry finish. Big malt profile.
Medium body, backed up by abundant malt with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden.
A happy revisit, lots of sweet and roasted malts plus roasted nuts. Easy drinker.

Sep 10, 2018
Granola Brown Ale from Black Hog Brewing Co.
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