Granola Brown Ale | Black Hog Brewing Co.

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Granola Brown AleGranola Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 289
Photo of AmishSlacker
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Amendm
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of twosheds
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mnrider
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.


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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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;

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of meefmoff
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a deep ruby-brown with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is chocolate/cocoa, caramel, and dark malts. Almost but not quite a porter. Medium body (a tad too thin) and medium carbonation (about right for the style). Finish is dry and malty. My first offering from this brewery, and it's a good one.

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Photo of far333
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown colored with burnished copper highlights and an oatmeal colored head that settles out quickly to a low cap. Rich aroma of cocoa and toffee, toasted dark bread. Flavor matches the nose, punctuated with a subtle hop flavor and a finish that gradually increases in bitterness from hops and an espresso sharpness. Lots of character, and depth of flavor. Full mouthfeel, finishes with a tingly flourish. Great beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown where light only passes on the edge. Tiny head but the rim bubbles leave a couple of streaks on the glass.

Thin smell with deeply toasted malt.

Good darker malts -- Chocolate and a touch of Black Patent and maybe even some darker Crystal. There's enough hop to create interest and provide balance. The only demerit is in the thin body and high carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel and coffee. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

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

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Photo of ChipChaight
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours an opaque dark brown with slightly tan head, smells like roasted dark malts, biscuits, and toasted oats, like sniffing a a nice granola bar, taste is slightly bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate and sweet chocolate syrup, feel is medium bodied and well carbonated. A granola brown ale indeed.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a pint glass. THe beer pours a rich chestnut brown color with a creamy beige head of 3 cm that fades to a thin edge layer pretty rapidly after the pour.
The aroma is malty chocolate notes with some brown sugar with some roasted malt and a bit of grassy vegetal hops. Appealing while not overpowering nose on this beer.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth silky texture and very fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is as expected with roasted malt and dark chocolate and some brown sugar and a bit of a nutty finish that lingers on my palate.
Not really any hop character on the flavor and the alcohol is well hidden.
This is a well crafted and enjoyable brew in a style that is easy to screw up.
Ill buy it again.

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Granola Brown Ale from Black Hog Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 289 ratings