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Old Elk Brown Ale | Walnut Brewery

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11 Ratings

Brewed by:
Walnut Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of chossboss
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yankeejw
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kbrown
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of ExMachina1
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one tonight at the brewery. Nothing remarkable here, and there was even a slight mustiness about the beer that hinted at some sort of contamination. [n.b, I followed the brown up with another of the brewpub's offerings (stout) and while it too was rather unremarkable, it did not suffer the same off flavor]

In all fairness, I should probalby re-review this beer...but then again, why should I give a pass to a fault that the brewery (of all places!) should never tolerate?

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A semi dark pour, cloudy brown/copper color. Sticky white head.
Smelled of chocolate and caramel, some malt that seemed stale.
Taste was mostly chocolate and light coffee. Some hints of caramel. Hops seemed to try to kick in, but never took affect.
Semi-thick finish.

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Photo of Cards81fan
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a typical Brown ale, but on the darker side. There was nothing really unusual to me, it was nicely balanced. The darker malts balanced well with the hops.

I can't really give a more detailed description, as this beer was exactly what I expected: a nice micro brown Ale, no more no less.

I also had an ESB, but the Brown was the better of the two. Try the portobello sandwich, it's excellent!

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From their website:
Medium caramel malt, Munich malt, and chocolate malt are combined for a rich, complex malt flavor which dominates while just a hint of Willamette hops lends a subtle, earthy finish. 2002 Silver Medal Winner-Great American Beer Festival. English Brown Ale Category.

My review:
Nice lace, thin head; Reddish mahogany in color

Aroma of crystal malts--slight burnt sweetness, subtle, not overpowering.

Darker flavor than expected--closer to a porter than a brown ale. The aftertaste is neutral, less pronounced than would be optimal. The body is thinner than style would dictate.

This is a borderline call. This beer falls into the higher level of my scoring above.

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Old Elk Brown Ale from Walnut Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 11 ratings