Heritage Coffee Brown Ale
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #16
Ranked #15,872
3.9 | pDev: 8.46%
Aug 12, 2020
Apr 11, 2008
Very Good
Notes: English malted oats, English chocolate malt and pale malt roasted with coffee beans at Heritage coffee company; Cascade and Calypso hops, and additions of hand-picked Brazilian coffee.

19 IBU
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4.1 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Aug 12, 2020
3.5 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 24, 2019
4.5 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota on Aug 19, 2018
3.94 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 16, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into an Alaskan Brewing Pilot Series glass

A: Pours chestnut brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly.

S: Nutty, toasty, slightly roasty, smooth coffee, a hint of chocolate, slightly earthy, faint fruity notes, and caramel sweetness.

T: Toasty, nutty, roasty, smooth coffee, milk chocolate, a whisper of smoke, faint fruity notes, a little earthy, rounded out with caramel cream sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I wouldn't mind waking up with a cup of this every day. Perhaps a touch too sweet, but overall really nice.

Jun 01, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Picked up a 6 pack of this in the summer of 2017, has a best by November 2017 date on it, but I saved one beyond that. Simple summary, it stays delicious beyond its best by date. Pours a chestnut and reddish brown pour, good clarity, isn't dark, gets lighter and brighter towards the edge, off white head, you would think it would be darker but no there is basically a white head on it, 1/4" but then it dies down to the thinnest of rings.

Nice coffee nose, it isn't pungent but its respectable and pairs well with brown malt truly enjoyable, just like the taste, which is quite refreshing and better than expected. Brown ales pair very well with coffee and this is a solid example of a coffee brown. I think its solid stuff and makes a brown ale plenty drinkable and dare I say first tier.

May 14, 2018
3.54 by takusan1000 from Washington on May 13, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Michelleroo from Michigan

Oh! I should not have shared this bottle with my SO! Chocolate smell, strong coffee flavor and delicious coffee aftertaste. So, so good! Beautiful nutty brown color!

May 11, 2018
4.1 by pstam87 from Illinois on Mar 24, 2018
4 by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia on Mar 06, 2018
4.5 by Rostie from Michigan on Feb 08, 2018
4.3 by TCMike from Minnesota on Jan 05, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by NickSMpls from Washington

Ah, a brown ale, one of our favorites and sometime hard to find a good one in a world of IPAs.

Rich,dark brown pour seems promising. Clear, a little light comes through. Light head & lacing. Light aroma, faintly sweet and bready, and iced coffee overall. A light mouthfeel, coffee of course and a chocolate background. Overall, a little one-dimensional with a single medley of taste that fades away, lacks depth. Nothing wrong with the beer, it just doesn't excite us as to the coffee or the brown ale style.

Jan 05, 2018
3.78 by einman from Minnesota on Jan 04, 2018
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
3.74 by imperialking from Illinois on Dec 25, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

Poured out a clear, light brown color with a small, thin head of foam. It smelled strongly of coffee with hints of chocolate and toffee. It tasted of roasty coffee with chocolate, caramel and toffee.

Dec 23, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by KhajiitBen from Illinois

I got this in a pick-6 pack from my local Friar Tuck.
Its a nice reddish- brown color.
Has a distinct, sweet, coffee smell and taste.

Dec 23, 2017
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

On tap. Khaki head. Copper brown color.

Lots of fresh coffee. Light roast. Caramel and chocolate malt. Reminds me of coffee bender. Very easy drinking. Really solid.

Dec 19, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by RJLarse from Washington

Bought a couple of bottles of Heritage Coffee Brown in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany brown color, translucent, with a modest white head.

Smell is a coffee aroma with a candy caramel sweet scent.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. Sweet caramel flavor mixed with coffee. Mild bitter sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly cloying.

Overall a very good brown ale. One of the best I have had.

Dec 18, 2017
4.42 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Dec 07, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by craigbelly from Iowa

Great cocoa aroma with light earthy roasted coffee undertone. This is nice take on a brain coffee beer. Alot of coffee stouts out there. I would like a little more coffee flavor but the balance here is spot on, so no need to mess with a good thing

Dec 03, 2017
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3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by deebo from Michigan

A-Bottle with a BB date of 1 14 18 poured into a pint glass. A 1/4" of light tan tight head atop a light brown clear beer.
S-Notes of coffee are most prominent. Lightly roasted and slightly sweet malt notes.
T-Coffee taste with a significant sweetness to balance any bitterness from the coffee.
M-A little bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. A touch of coffee bitterness in the finsh. No alcohol bite.
O-Nothing objectionable, but also nothing stands out. Decent enough flavor without any off.

Dec 03, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by barnzy78 from Illinois

12oz bottle, best by 011418
Deep copper colored ale with a creamy beige head. Nice coffee aroma with caramel malt, toffee, and chocolate with some earthy hops. Nice balanced flavors with light roast coffee at the forefront along with sweet caramel and toffee, toasty grain, a bit of chocolate with earthy hops adding some needed bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, finishing semi-dry and excellently balanced.

Nov 26, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by gandres from Philippines

Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:12 PM
Bottle 12 ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: dark amber, appears clear, small foam
Smell: fragrant, strong coffee aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness, no depth, no bold taste
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, creamy, sweet follow through, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, very fragrant, ok to repeat,

Nov 24, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz bottle bb 12/14/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours bright light brown with minimal khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and cap leaving little lacing. The aroma is coffee first but not overpowering. The flavor is a nice mix of chocolate malt and coffee with a pleasant bitter end. There is a touch of alcohol in the finish that is minimal, but noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Just enough coffee to be present while remaining an easy drinking English brown ale.

Nov 19, 2017
3.56 by denver10 from New Mexico on Nov 15, 2017
3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Nov 14, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

16 oz serving tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on November 10, 2017. A rich English-style brown ale with light , earthy roasted and gourmet coffee notes.

Nov 11, 2017
3.71 by Turbo from Minnesota on Nov 11, 2017
3.97 by snakeayes11 from Missouri on Nov 10, 2017
4.23 by casapy from Idaho on Nov 02, 2017
4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Oct 29, 2017
4.21 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska on Oct 22, 2017
3.76 by SoCal_Matt from California on Oct 20, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AustinWadkins from Iowa

Reviewed from a bottle unfortunately

Smell is cocoa, roasted coffee, roasted malts, almost candy like

Taste is sweet chocolate,sweet coffee, almost milk chocolate like, roasted malts blend beautifully

Overall a fantastic beer! Not the biggest fan of Brown's but this changes my mind! Wish it was a little more bitter

Oct 20, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by user785335 from Florida

Maybe the best coffee brown ale I've tried. I see why it took gold at GABF this year.

Oct 20, 2017
3.42 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Oct 19, 2017
4.5 by Bravada from Texas on Oct 19, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel mug. Best by December 14th 2017.

L: Beautiful russet brown, quite clear, finger width light beige head has average retention.

S: Smells richly of coffee and chocolate. Faint roasty note. A little lactic too.

T: Rich, roasty coffee, chocolate is just a backnote. Quite as advertised, very nice flavor.

F: Light-Medium, crisp, lingering roasty note.

O: Pretty good beer, solid Brown Ale.

Oct 19, 2017
Heritage Coffee Brown Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 232 ratings