Brownie Points
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #39
Ranked #24,396
3.86 | pDev: 9.33%
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Full of malty chocolate and toffee flavors, Brownie Points has a creamy body from the addition of flaked oats. Madagascar and Mexican vanilla beans give this Brown Ale a smooth yet bold finish.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 9/13/21; drank 10/11/21 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown orange appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice, noisy tan head; frothy lace.

Creme brulee & acorn notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Vanilla syrup, caramel & acorn flavors.

Smelled better than it tasted, but a nice fall/early winter sipper.

Oct 12, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Taphouse in downtown Oswego. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent had subtle cocoa malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with chocolate presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Dec 19, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brownie Points from Maplewood is an update to the classic brown ale. It is difficult to find this style out there but I think Maplewood nailed it. They added vanilla and created extra body within the beer. The result is a slightly dense brown ale with the classic fermented funk.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Dec 09, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16o can. Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, toffee and roasted malt. Sweet chocolate taste with vanilla and toasted caramel.

Apr 11, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in a taster glass from draft at O'Toole's on November 1, 2019. Notes of chocolate and toffee. Flaked oats give it a creamy body. Madagascar and Mexican vanilla beans give it a smooth finish.

Mar 08, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft has a dull, boring looking, clear muddy-brown colored body with an edge hugging ring of bubbles that race back down the glass leaving it clean.

Aromas of vanilla, caramel, and bitter cocoa beans make up for the look and seamlessly flow into an almost fudgy brownie deliciousness with a full, creamy, mouthfeel to boot.

Overall a decadent brown to be sure!

Mar 06, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany brown in color with a half inch of creamy beige on top. The aroma is of caramel and vanilla. I’m tasting a gentle dose of caramel and lightly spicy vanilla. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

Dec 26, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a tall, wrapped can, this brew is a hazy, murky brown color. The head is slim ans wispy off-white. The smell is of vanilla and a little pale malt. Just a bit of grain and not much hops. Light roasted coffee? Medium body. The beer is drinkable and worthwhile.

Apr 25, 2019
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown/ruby body that appears pretty thin, fizzy light tan head fades to a ring. The nose has real vanilla, glimpses of authentic chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, and wet dog. The taste improves, balancing the faux-sweet vanilla flavor with a solid base of chocolate malts, coffee, earth, and a hit of bitterness. Vanilla is easy to overdo, and the fact that it both wasn't and was counterbalanced in case you think it was proves that this wasn't a gimmick but was instead crafted and measured. The body is, as suspected, thin and watery, and too fizzy.
Kudos for keeping the vanilla checked, but beyond the well-presented flavor this beer had some significant flaws. The lack of body (and what it did to the appearance), the wet dog smell, even the can's artwork (zzzzz....), all made for an enjoyable but unmemorable experience.

Apr 16, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: roasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla beans, smooth. Toasted semi sweet vanilla bean nose. Brown cola hue, semi clear, with tan head and ring of lace. Medium body. 2 types of vanilla beans used, and it would pair well with desert. 25 IBUs

Dec 25, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch brown somewhat opaque body, mocha head and lacing. Caramel malts, vanilla and a touch of hops in the mild mannered nose. Taste starts the same, add some creamy oat and earth, but the finish has some metal on it combined with the sweet vanilla. Ruins a great thing it had going. Feel suffers from this ending too, before it is creamy light not too heavy at all. Too bad, had potential to be a good EBA

Mar 02, 2017
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novamat from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date. Poured from bomber into pint glass. A: Dark brown, almost like a cola with a bit of ice melt. Zero head after a generous pour. S: Not unpleasant, mostly the malts and a bit of hops. T: A pretty fair balance between malts with light accenting by the hops. F: Zero carbonation hurts this beer a bit. O: Overall a fairly good effort, but the problem was with the lack of carbonation. Could be that the bottle conditioning did not come through, could be this was an old bottle, I don't know.

Mar 27, 2016
Brownie Points from Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 54 ratings