Samuel Adams Brown Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Brown AleSamuel Adams Brown Ale
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Samuel Adams Brown AleSamuel Adams Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chOAKbarrell on 12-25-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 707 |  Reviews: 563
Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled, freshness dating info is notched onto the side of the label

Pours the typical shade of brown one would expect, with a long lasting tan head, and then tan tiny bubble film. lacing is moderate but fine and sticky. Malty nose with a int of nuts and perhaps ripe bananas. this a pleasant brown, nothing too exciting going on here, just a nicely balanced British style brown. Notes of soft malts, toffee, vanilla, tastes like liquid whole wheat/pumpernickel bread. Well crafted and a worthy sessioner.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a brown/ruby beer with one finger head and low carbonation.Low smell a bit of malt not much else apparent. Taste of sweet malt slight bit of nuttiness tiny bit of hops semi bland.A little bit tart. Mouthfeel is pretty standard stuff. Actually despite the low scores a pretty drinkable brew,,not bad for a session beer.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one that simply lacks depth. It is all on the surface. As soon as the flavors suside, that's it. Very dark with decent head and some lacing. Smells of sulfer (which seems to be not too uncommon with SA) with some fruity malts. Initial tastes is bland, almost none existant. As it warms up, you get a nice flavor of fruity esters along with some mild malty sweetness. I find it odd that the flavor then disappears not to return. This is a light bodied drink yet very drinkable by not being too strong and having some flavor.

So far I've had this on it's own which I rate by. However, I have had some crackers and a grilled cheese sammich (using some specs of aged cheddar) and found it very nice. Overall it is a week beer. SA could make it so much better. I'm have no idea how they could make it better, but surely there is room for improvement.

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Photo of hero27
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Best before July 2006.

Mostly clear copper color with an off-white head..lacing is minimal. Faint roasty, malt-driven aroma. Toasted malt flavors that are characteristic of the style. A malty, sessionable brew, but still fairly average for the style. Not something I'd likely drink want to drink all the time, but it was nice to try another solid brew from Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear crimson. Slight light brown head. Lace is decent. Nice aroma. Rich toffee and nuts dominate. This follows through on the palate. Toffee, nuts, caramel. Slight roasted notes. Pretty decent. Feel a little more sweet than bitter...but there's actually a pretty good balance between them. Body is about medium. Decent brown.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.11/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Thin reddish brown, little to no head.

S – Buttered muffins, milk duds.

T – Butter, caramel, cherry gushers.

MF – Buttery-chewy with a slightly bitter hopped finish.

Drinkability - Would be sessionable but it’s just not interesting enough. This is pretty bland and dull brown. Dare I say that even New Castle has more character?

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Photo of Luigi
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear rich garnett color. The head is a creamy light tan lace. The aroma has a pleasent roasted malt and a sweet nutty character to it. I can taste mineral water up front. Has of a thin body but is still slighty creamy. Roasted malt and a mild nutty malts. A leafy hop come out after the malt dies down. Finishes off semi-dry with a lingering roasted malt. I could use this ale as a session beer. An all around good offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Brown Ale is a nice mahogany color. The large head is creamy and light brown. Retention level is above average. Aroma is fairly weak, I really had to sniff to note the nutty caramel malt smell. Nutty malt flavors are first noted and are soon joined by a fruity English hop. The underlying malt flavor is biscuity with a mild toasted edge. Overall, I see this as similar to quite a few of S. Adam's seasonal beers: a good example of the style, but not full-flavored enough to totally suck me in.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours out a translucent deep chestnut color with a finger and a half of light tan head. Head fades to a capper rather quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Some nice roasted malt on the nose. I'm also a bit of a nutty smell. Pretty nice.

T - The toasty malt taste is dominant here. A tiny hop presence is noted at the end, with a tiny floral taste along with the nuttiness. Not bad at all but a little bland.

M - Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

D - A nice drinkable brown ale.

Notes: A fairly solid brew, nothing exceptional but nothing wrong here.

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Photo of mclanem
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer not sam adams' best, it poured a dark brown of course but still see through. almost no head at all but it was a little cold when it poured.I did sip it cold and it was good but I decided to let it warm up and let the flavor come out. Glad I did because it's like all sam adams beer not at all a dissapointment could taste a little alcohol and a toasted malt flavor. Over all this beer is rather uncommon but it is welcome in my fridge anyday.

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Photo of oelergud
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep clear mahogany body topped with a creamy light tan head. Retention is low as is the lace. Very little carbonation.
Smell is quite inviting. Nuts, toffee, strong caramel, subtle notes of figs and apricots barely detectable and only there briefly after agitation.
Nuts and soft toffee twisting into darker caramel flavors initially. Salty hop flavor developes and takes you easily into the aftertaste of bitter nutskin and salty hops.
Good mouthfeel and coating, perfect for the style.
Interesting and successful interpretation of the english brown ale. Smooth and round without being bland.


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Photo of ybnorml
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a big foamy beige head and a little bit of lace. There is a sweet grassy note up front in the aroma. Followed by a roasted malt character with a hint of coffe in the background. The taste starts with a light caramel malt sweetness. Folllowed by a tingly roated bitterness along the sides of the tongue. The finish is a little sweet.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours deep brown with an ample white head that leaves a thin film the whole way down and laces a little. There is a faint smell of biscuity malts. The taste is also primarily biscuity malts along with some nutty malts and maybe a faint taste of roasted malts. There is a good thickness and a good carbonation. This is slightly better than average on drinkability. It just isn't interesting enough for a brown ale. It could push the palate a little more but not a bad one as an introductory brown ale.

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Photo of KoG
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark brown ale with a small head that didn't lave much lacing. Looks tasty however.

Smell is a bit of malt with some earthy undertones. Light hop presence.

Wasn't that great when cold, pretty bland with no notable characteristics. When it warmed a bit the nice nutty earthen flavor came out with a good amount of darker malt. Light hop twinge on the end rounds it out.

Not bad if you let it warm a bit.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Sam Adams stlye? Yup, I've gotta test the waters...

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one finger head. The first thing I noticed about this beer was the aroma as it leaped out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Upon pouring it gives off a deep, roasted nut aroma and lots of cranberry. Reminded me in a weird way of SA Cranberry Lambic (anyone else detect this)? Very pleasant smell. The taste touches more on the roasted nuts than the cranberry and really presents a well-rounded beer with a subtle fruity hop bite. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation make this a fairly easy drinker and smooth on the palate. I really enjoyed this new brew from SA.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Brewmaster's sampler pack. Pours a clear, copper body that exhibits active carbonation. Small beige head has excellent longevity and leaves some spotty lace.
Toasty dark malts provide hints of chocolate covered hazelnuts to the aroma. Floral citrusy hops are more prominent than expected for style.
Mouthfeel is light medium, with plenty of carbonation.
Taste has a toasty malt profile that stands up well to some assertive citrusy hops. Dark caramel notes with a hint of chocolate work well with the hops here.
Tasty and well balanced, but maybe a bit overhopped for the style. A pretty good brown ale that would make a nice session ale.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour for the style. Dark ruby brown, nutty, with a nice white head.

Slight hint of sweet nut with some Boston Beer Co caramel. Okay, but nothing great. Pretty standard for the style.

Easy drinking taste of nutty caramel up front, giving way to a toasted marshmellow middle, and a very sweet and slick stab of hops at the end. Above average for a brown ale, but lacking much real complexity.

All and all, it's an above average brown that's one of the best sessions you're gonna find for the price.

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Photo of hanco005
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Form the Brewmaster’s Collection. Bottle is marked June 06. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—dark clear brown with ½ inch of head that fizzes down to nothing in a matter of minutes

S—toasted chocolate and caramel malts, the bottle says indicates nutty and biscuit malts…I smell those, too

T—great combo of chocolate and caramel malts with a bittersweet flavor, a mild hop bitterness at the end, slightly alkaline as well

M—thinner than I expected, but carbonated well

D—a good brown ale, but not one that I would buy on a regular basis.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label notched May, 2006

Translucent clear rusty brown color with a two finger finely-bubbled head.

Mild aroma- dark caramel, some berries and a hint of floral hops. Slight dark chocolate comes on after a lot of swirling.

Palate is a simple repeat of the aroma, heavy on the caramel. Not much complexity here- the impression at the end of a glass is pretty much the same as the beginning. Bitterness is clean and unobtrusive.

This is a decent beer for when you're in the mood for a brown ale, but it's not exactly a trend setter.

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Photo of chilidog
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The latest addition to the Brewmasters Collection, voted in? Hmm.
Myself, a Brown ale, not the style of choice for I haven't had the best luck with ones i've tried so far. Thisone how-ever, passed as good, though I like what Sam Adams does with the brews they put out.
It poured a nice dark brown, of course. The head tan, about an inch. It left no lace behind. Carbonation was mild. The glass was active with bubbles, but no fizz to be had.
The aroma was bread-like malts. The taste was Pay-Day candy-like though the mild hop takes away the extra sweetness. The taste gets you toasted malts, nut, caramel and biscuit bread.
The mouthfeel was smooth and buttery. The beer is pretty easy to drink, not over-powering in any stand-out way.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $6.99 for a mixed 6-pack...

The beer pours a root beer colored base with a small tannish head, head retention lasts for a little but fades, not much lace on the glass after the fact. The smell was pretty weak, barely smelled the nuts.

The beer tastes very nutty but also feels heavy for a brown ale. Mouthfeel isn't there, the high carbonation feels like a soda. It's drinkable when it settles but this is not a brown ale I would go to.

Final Thought: Go with a Goose Island Hex Nut or if you have the cash a Dogfish Head Indian if you want a real brown ale... this one isn't worthy of the Sam Adams label in my opinion.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Brewmaster's Sampler, acquired at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a fiery amber/garnet with a finger or two of khaki head. Sweet caramel malt, vanilla and some buttery diacetyl in the nose. Taste follows suit, but has a bit of a bitter, metallic aftertaste typical of English browns. Standard thinnish mouthfeel. Certainly better than Newcastle, but nothing to write home about. Another solid Sam Adams offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown with a light brown tinted head thas is gone quickly maybe a touch fizzy but nice clarity color wise.Like the aromas going on buttery caramel with an underlying toastiness wich is appetizing,quite a buttery brown ale rendition here I actually kinda like it maybe a bit one sided though with the caramel/butter flavors not much of a earthy presence to be had just a soft touch in the finish.Has a little prickly mouthfeel but goes down pretty easily.Iam not a huge fan of the style but this suits me fine,better than average in my opinion.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served out of bottle and into a tradional beer mug ( I need better glasswear)

A- very nice carmel/nutty brown color with a thick white head that foamed longer than I expected.

S- It smelled like a English Brown Ale should, not to hoppy, but enough to let the drinker know that it is an ale and not a macro lager.

T- Excellent, Crisp in the begining with a sharpness that a good ale offers. Nice finish as well, clean but again with a certain complexity found in English Brown Ales.

M- A bit thin, however I should note that I perfer a light mouthfeel over the thickness of other more complex styles.

D- This is where this English Ale shines. In my mind this Ale is the perfect balance of complexity and drinkablility. An ale that has some deapth to it that is as good alone as it is with a thick steak.

Now for my biases. English Ales are my favorite style of ale/beer and I think that Sam Adams version is the finest example of it, that I have had the pleasure to enjoy.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is yet anothe solid, but not spectacular, offering from the folks at the BBC.

It pours a nice looking amber colour with a bubbly clingy head that lingers for a while before dissolving to a nice sticky lace.

The aroma is a bit earthy and rubbery, with a touch of hops and notes of caramel and some other sweetness.

The flavour hits on all of the aromas and throws in a touch of chocolate and bits of nut flavouring (although hardly noticeable most of the time) here and there. The hops kick in just before the finish but are quite mellow for the most part.

This is a basic brew with some flavour to it and is definitely of English influence. I simply would prefer a more rugged, heartier nut brown ale. I would certainly drink this one again and its worth a try but nothing really sets this apart from others within the style.

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Samuel Adams Brown Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 28.3% out of 100 with 707 ratings
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