Granola Brown Ale
Black Hog Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #132
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3.89 | pDev: 9.51%
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
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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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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AmishSlacker from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Boto from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours an opaque, dark brown. There was a wisp of a tan head and no lacing. The nose is roasted malts, some coffee and some nuttiness. The taste is good. a bit of bitterness. Coffee, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate.

Aug 03, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Hartford, CT airport. The appearance is a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet malt and cocoa. The taste is like the nose but with some coffee added to the mix.

Jul 22, 2018
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twosheds from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with tan head.

Smell is nutty with hints of brown sugar and maple.

Taste is similar. Nice balance of dry roasted nuts with melted brown sugar. It comes on pretty strong at at first then slowly dissolves in a sweet aftertaste and a kind of sticky mouthfeel.

Really solid brown ale with a strong taste that sets in apart a bit.

Jun 17, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, into glass

pours a dark brown color, with thick cream colored head. nice aroma of toffee, caramel, a touch of earthiness, some mild roast. taste is on the sweeter side, but not too far. medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Apr 11, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish brown with almost a finger of head. The nose is crisp and hoppy but the malt bill is not strong on the nose. The malt certainly comes through in the flavor, however. The body is reasonably hearty.

Mar 11, 2018
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

A: Pours a brown, almost black, color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Visible carbonation. Above average head retention. lacing is slick and abundant. Darker than most Brown Ales I’ve had.

S: Mocha. Coffee. Toasted Malts. Sweet. Pecan and Maple. Some grains, some earthy notes.

T/M: Pretty similar to the aroma. Coffee and mocha. Toasted/roasted malts. Some sweet flavors. Candy. A hit of hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Has a sweet sticky finish.

O: Very good tasting Brown Ale. Not sure how much Granola I’m tasting, but the other flavors are strong and tasty.


Mar 11, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can.Has a very dark bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is nutty, bready. Taste is the same, lots of bready malts, some nuttiness, a touch of sweetness, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Jan 22, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: medium dark brown with very clear lighter edges; 1 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: complex; coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted grains;

T: chocolate and toffee through mid-palate; a touch of coffee comes in late; moderate bitterness comes in at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking; really nice flavor;

Jan 08, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into grip shaped glass: color is brown with amber edges, head is light tan and presents about 1/2 inch thick; head dissipates to a thin top and ring with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is toasty, nutty, light cocoa, some biscuit, light sweetness, maybe some earthy hops.

Taste is similar to aroma with more enhanced flavors of toffee, toast, nutty malt, cocoa, biscuit and some light caramel; hops are present and mostly neutral with some light grassy, herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation.

Overall a great brown ale - I'm a big fan of the oatmeal addition to brown ales as this complements the light sweetness of the caramel and chocolate malts.

Dec 14, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can with no notable date. Sampled on December 8, 2017.

The pour is mostly amber-brown with reddish hues when held to the light. Frothy tan head.

Sweet molasses and nut characters are the highlights of the aroma. Perhaps a muted earthiness and mustiness.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

The taste is nice and sweet with a kind of cocoa or coffee note that is hinted. Nutty notes and mild bitterness to finish.

Dec 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color inward with a sturdy cap of a little white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace, somewhat concave and stringy.
The aroma had a sweet malty milk chocolate to subtle dark chocolate character. Light sweet wafer/biscuit with some brown sugar and nuttiness playing with some caramel/toffee malts to bear a fine balance.
The flavor definitely leaned into the sweetness of the malts that bit into a satisfying crisp nutty to chocolate to light coffee conglomerating just as I had hoped for in a nice brown ale. Nice smooth crisp nutty and sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation hit nice and smooth. ABV felt on par. Finish was wonderful as it had the wanted and expectant smooth to crisp and sweet malty and nutty finish.
Overall, really liked it for me, but almost want to say that this could be considered an English one as I didn't get enough hops to tell me that it was an American styled one. I'd still have again.

Nov 23, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is why we travel. Yet another brewer that I would never find in the Midwest. These guys are having fun and produced a very good ale.

Dark Looks for a brown. Smells mostly malt, caramel I'd say; has some brown brewer's sugar in there; sweet. Tastes more balanced than I expected; probably from toasted malts and moderate hops. Feel is creamy and smooth.
Had before dinner, so it set the table. I wish more American crafters made this style using less on hops and more on roasting the malts.

Sep 22, 2017
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: brown ale with a healthy brown head. Pretty dark actually for a brown ale

S: aromas of sweet toffee, caramel, roasted nuts and brown sugar

T: Sweet crystal malts hit first with the flavors and then closely followed by a nutty brown sugar and some acorn / astringent nuttiness. I pick up a bit of oatmeal / flaked oats in here and a dryness along with the sweet crystal malt. Well attenuated but still some sweetness on the unfermentable sugars side for a low abv there is a quite a bit of flavor. There is some charred crystal at the end as well adding a slight hint of licorice but definitely present along with some noble hops.

M: medium bodied with lots of carbonation out of the can.

O: Overall its a solid brown ale. I love the style and have a few regulars that I stick to, but this would definitely be in that category at this point having purchased a few six packs at different times over the past 6 months.

Sep 19, 2017
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meefmoff from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Somerville Theater and thought it was awfully tasty. Given that I was drinking it while watching a movie in a darkened theater (out of a plastic cup no less), I don't have a lot of detail to offer. I'd never heard of the brewery before and since it had no reviews I thought I'd at least briefly chime in. Good body and a pleasant sweetness that wasn't cloying.

Mar 22, 2017
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting pour.Somewhere between a Brown Ale, Smoked Porter, or some Barleywines.
No really distinctive smell or aroma. Fist taste was big and full. This one was almost chew able.
Nicely balanced with a long long finish that slowly takes you from the chewy-ness to finesse

Jan 10, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date...
Pours a nice tan fluffy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, sticky lacing, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose sweet candy malts, caramel, toffee, some nuts, candied pecans I think, brown sugar, a sweet creamy oat, plenty of toasted aromas and a little grainy, a faint mocha and cocoa.

Taste brings sweet candy malts, plenty of caramel and toffee, a little nougaty candy bar, rich caramel, a bit nutty with more candied pecans, more brown sugar, a hint of cocoa and mocha, toasted brown malts, chewy, with a touch of bitter hop, mild creamy oats. Finish brings a bit more earthy hop bitterness, a little chewy nougat and caramel, mild sweetness.

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy and fluffy nougat like, decent carb.

Overall not bad, delivers what it promises, oats, nuts, caramel, brown sugar, etc, a bit on the candy sweet side IMO, but still a decent beer.

Oct 30, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Yarde Tavern, South Hadley, MA.

A- Very dark mahogany brown pour from the taps into a pint glass. A small tan cap rises to about half a centimeter high with decent retention. The foamy ring left behind deposits spotty lacing.

S- Rich and toasty. The malts are the star of the show as advertised. Deeply toasted brown malts drop heavy notes of toast, cocoa nibs, coffee, caramel, roasted nuts, toffee and dark sugars.

T- Cereal grains join the barrage of toasted maltiness to really give of something like a granola feel. Expect waves of malts from roast barley to toasted nuts, medium caramelized sugars, coffee, toffee and it all ends moderately sweet but no where near cloying. A touch of earthy hops to balance as well as breadiness.

MF- A medium body with a texture that is both creamy and silky. High end carbonation but overall very smooth with a slight bitterness.

Glad I chose to try this one. A nice rich brown ale while eating dinner outdoors on an Autumn night is a perfect pairing.

Oct 17, 2016
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