Nine Pin Brown Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by alalvarez75 on 08-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, served at Eleven Madison Park with a pint glass.

Brooklyn Nine Pin Brown Ale pours a standard solid brown, with nice amber highlights when the beer's backlit. There's about two fingers of khaki colored foam crowning the beer, but not really anything to speak of in the way of head retention or lacing. The nose is a little to unbalanced towards bourbon for my taste. There is a bit of vanilla-sweetened chocolate lurking underneath that adds a nice touch to the aroma though. The balance in the flavor profile is much better, and more interesting. That rich milk chocolate from the nose leads things off, before a nice interplay between toffee and oak slides in and occupies the mid palate. Bourbon closes things out, and it's smooth and not as abrasive as on the nose. The body is fairly sturdy, especially for a beer with a relatively mild ABV such as this, but the bottle conditioning ran a little wild, and the resulting carbonation becomes distracting at times in its intensity. Nine Pin Brown Ale, while being a very good beer, does display some of the challenge in barrel aging a smaller ber. It's also doomed to be compared to it's Pappy aged big brother Local 11, which is definitely the better beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nine Pin at EMP, served in a wine glass after a fair amount of warm-up. Close to room temperature. Aged on Old Rip Van Winkle barrels.

Appearance: Looks like a normal amber-brown ale, but the lacing and retention are outstanding. Deep burnt-caramel color, maybe reddish, at least in a dark, dimly-lit restaurant.

Smell: Warm, cozy feeling. Roasting chestnuts, cranberry. Cold winter night, snuggles. a beer for the first snow in Portland, Maine. Wood, booze, winter. Oak, firewood. Creme brulee, coconut shavings.

Taste: As it warms up, it becomes both smoother and more flavorful. Some brininess, oyster-like, that pairs with EMP's own "Long Island clambake". Maybe the smell around? Caramel, booze, chestnut. New England coast. Sweet but sour. Umami.

Mouthfeel: It's missing something. Very smooth, doesn't have that sharp-booze feel that some barrel-aged brews have. But also thin, watery, with low carbonation and body.

Overall: It is exceptional because it truly is rare, well-made and delicious. Could be better? Sure, mouthfeel could be stronger and more enticing, flavor could be more assertive... still, a beautiful beer.

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Photo of afksports
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I did not want to give this beer an A+. I hate homer-hype. Also, I think Brooklyn's Black Ops is overrated.

This beer is damn close to exceptional. Served at cellar temperature, the bottle itself says 6%, so the listed abv is accurate. The appearance is deep amber to brown and cloudy thick. The off white head sustains big throughout, although not much lace is left on the glass. The smell is pappy. Straight Pappy. There's almost no "beer" smell to it - meaning there's no hops or characteristic nuttiness that you woud expect from a brown. Maybe a bit of toffee is all that comes through in addition to bourbon.

The taste is killer though. Smooth from start to finish, no trace of bourbon bite, just like sweet sugar, and thoroughly thick. Still well-carbonated, the beer has such a huge body that the smoothness just matches an easy-drinking brown ale type of taste profile. In short, I've never had anything like it.

Ive had bourbon barrel aged browns, I've had browns and even loved a couple, but this one is different. Quality barrel, quality beer.

Worth every penny, and every bit of hype it gets.

Cheers, Garret, you killed it.

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Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of alalvarez75
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nine Pin Brown Ale (an Eleven Madison Park exclusive) = Brooklyn Brown Ale after spending 3 months in—Pappy Van Winkle 20-year Bourbon barrels, then re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast.

A: Dark brown small tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Sweet scent of roasted malts, nuts and honey.

T: Nutty malt, chocolate and coffee. Light whiskey with vanilla sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A tasty version of Brooklyn Brown Ale with a nice mix of malts, nuts, hops and a sweet whiskey finish that is very light for such a flavorful beer. I will return for another soon.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of fastpass17
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Nine Pin Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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