Pullman Nut Brown | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Pullman Nut BrownPullman Nut Brown

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional english brown ale, very nutty aroma towards hazel and Brazil nuts, deep brown in color and very well rounded body

Added by younger35 on 04-17-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jon for bringing this one back. A malty brown, not too sweet, with some chocolate and cocunt. Nice foamy head. Above average mouthfeel, somewhat complex. Hits the style, toasty nutty, the mollasses, and appropriate carbonation. Fresh enough, but very little sense of the hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everyone has their take on what it means to be American brown ale. But Flossmoor pulls it off with a strikingly keen attention to balance and flavor. Careful not to flirt with porter territory and definitely rooted in the darker arenas- the beer proves to be an error-free example with much to celebrate. Let's get started...

Pouring with a dark "bark" brown hue the beer is nearly opaque, yet it seems clear because of its onyx-like sheen. The beer builds an ivory foam stance that tops the beer with dense whipped topping. Firm retention and defined lacy rings celebrates the beer's high character. ...and we haven't even taken our first sip!

Appetizing aromas of chocolate and citrus meet the nose with balance and grace. Complementary malt notes of toast, deep toffee, earthy buckwheat, coffee and chicory kicks things off at first whiff. But then the hop character builds with oranges, grapefruit peels, sassafras, and fresh-cut grass. This straight-forward dialogue is conducted with clean yeast character, void of yeast-derived fruit or spice.

Beautifully balanced, it seems that just as the malty sweet taste of brown sugar, molasses, and maple greet the front of the tongue, and quick accompaniment of hops arrive. Their contributions of juicy grapefruit and orange juice balances the malt taste and take on its sweetness in finish with elements of woody, grassy, and medium resin bitterness. In between, the taste of walnut, buttered toast, and damp sod becomes the bridge between malt and hops.

Medium bodied, the beer seems remarkably light even when the taste wants to celebrate its robust taste. The pep of carbonation dissolves into the malt sweetness and dextrin-rich body very well for its creamy-dry texture from beginning until finish. Warm on the back end, the beer also finishes toasty and lightly resinous because of hop dry-stickiness.

Though not as hop-forward as Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale (IBA) but not as English-y as Avery Ellie's Brown Ale, the beer is crying out for a pairing of savory meat loaf with red-eye gravy. Do yourself a favor....

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a big tan head; nice stickage and plenty of lace; looks more like a porter than a brown ale

Smell: Chocolate dominates the aroma, with undertones of caramel and oats

Taste: Opens with a wallop of chocolate that adds some caramel by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate continues to dominate, though there is a subtle addition of some fruity hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; the oats definitely add some creaminess to the mouthfeel

Drinkability: Not sure where this beer should be classified, but it is a first rate beer whatever style you want to call it

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a ruby mahogany glint at the edges. A finger or so of creamy tan foam. Retention is ok, not the best.

Aroma is robust and roasty, approaches a porter, but dials it in, focusing on malty nuances and tobacco notes. Slightly sweet, more of a dry woodiness with a hint at coffee. One of the biggest, most appealing Brown Ales in recent memory.

Sweetish at first, mild bitterness, segueing into dry roast in the finish. Bittersweet bakers chocolate. Mild woody roast malt flavors that linger long into the finish. Medium bodied and sessionable. This is a seasonal favorite that I go back to again and again.

They probably sit on shelves at some places, accounting for the bad bottles some have reviewed. Fresh is best...

Get down like Buck Rodgers!

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, copper/brown color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left soapy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled nutty and roasty with caramel notes.

T - It tasted fairly nutty with toffee, caramel and roasted maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, snappy finish.

O - This was a pretty nice brown ale. Really a great sessionable brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-deep brown with a light tan head. Mild lacing and pretty good retention. The nose brings some light cocoa and molasses plus a bit of brown sugar and toasted bread. The taste is some roast and bread plus a bit of chocolate. Fairly plain, but backed up by a nice body. A good brown that I'd have another of.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Picked this one up at the brewery a week prior to consuming it.

Pours a pretty dense dark brown, with the tiniest bit of ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and a nice frothy finger of tan, mocha colored head. Retains with a rich and creamy look that leaves some good looking patchy lace back. The aroma has a overall pleasant smelling burnt roastiness to it that surrounds additional notes of chocolate, caramel, and light coffee. A solid backing of floral hops pull up the back of the bouquet.

Much like the aroma, the taste is very dark, with a pervasive layer of chocolate roasted malts and coffee that mixes in some addtional toffee-like sweetness and a moderately bitter hop profile in the back. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with REALLY easy feeling carbonation but also possesses some chalkiness in the body that distracts a bit.

Wow, another staple Flossmoor beer that took me a little by surprise. I love the roasted nature of this, as it gave the profile a level of flavor that I'm not used to in Brown Ales, being almost Porterish at times. Full flavored and hugely drinkable, bottles of this would probably be a staple in my fridge if I could get it locally.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Labrador brown with highlights of cherry and orange. Only with klieg light bright backlighting does the beer fall (barely) short of opacity. The pale cinnamon colored crown is smallish, but looks fine and dandy. As does a generous amount of lace in finely speckled sheets.

The nose is American brown ale all the way. English brown would work too. Cocoa and an ale yeast fruitiness are well out in front. Unfortunately, blackstrap molosses doesn't make as much of an olfactory splash as it could have. Still, this is a solid sniffer.

It's also a solid drinker. I wholeheartedly applaud the use of molasses, as it seems to have added a boldness and a depth of flavor that beer of this style frequently lacks. More malt richness would have earned Pullman Brown a 4.5 for flavor with no trouble at all.

Bitter and sweet are balanced on a razor's edge. It tastes and feels like quite a few hops were added in order to counteract the sweetness of the molasses. In particular, the back end is hoptastic and tight. Warming helps coax out even more complexity. Specifics include brown bread, cocoa, a shot of coffee, toasted nuts, tea leaves and floral hops.

The mouthfeel seemed too light initially. Although it improves a little as the ounces pass, it doesn't quite keep pace with the rest of the beer's attributes. Proper carbonation tries to add a little silkly creaminess... and comes close to doing so.

With more malt, Pullman Brown Ale would be one of the best American brown ales to have ever entered my glass. As is, it's pretty damn delicious and just does earn the higher flavor score. I do believe that this is my favorite Flossmoor Station beer to date. Great job Bryan.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color with a very thin tan lacing scattered out across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a pretty big nutty flavor to it with some caramel and roasted flavors coming through as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall wit ha great mix of flavors.

The taste shows more of the bitter, roasted, burnt malt flavors found in a a lot of stouts. Both chocolate and coffee seem to come through somewhat as well. Some of the brown ale nuttiness and caramel sweetness shows up and helps balance it out.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is moderate to slightly below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was also pretty balanced and complex at the same time. It almost seemed like they mixed a stout and brown ale and managed to show some of the nice characteristics of both.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Flossmoor treat for me this evening. I decided to open this one up with dinner and give it a try. It had been a long day and I new I was going to be d early to begin with, so this just made sense to go forward with. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 09/16/2009.
Nice pour here, looked much bigger then I would have expected from a brown ale I have to admit. Rich chocolate in color with only small touches of light peaking through giving it an almost hazelnut hue. Nice one inch head of tan foam on the top never really did fade away, instead it seemed to hang on the entire session, coating the inside of the glass thoroughly. Smooth and very sweet aroma comes up and over it almost immediately. Rich chocolate notes, lots of brown sugar and molasses and a very earthy feel to it. As I took the first sip though it is really where it started to come together quite well for me. Rich molasses And brown sugar notes coated over caramel malts and a nice chocolate base. Really quite nicely done I have to say. Great feel to it, thicker then I would have expected with carbonation that just would not quit. This was very well done I have to say. Reasonable ABV factored in and a long, smooth, silky fade of flavor that left quite a bit of a sugary note on the tongue led me to believe this was one of the most solid brown ales I have ever come across.
Overall this was damn good. I was actually more then impressed here, dare I say nearly blown away by how solid this one was. I would have no issue at all with grabbing for this one again, in fact I am looking forward to it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting by jslot38; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, roasted malts, caramel malts, and toasted malts,

t - Tastes of caramel malts, nuts, roasted malts, chocolate, and toasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth.

d - I thought this was a very good brown ale; one of the better ones I've had. Would love to have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

My first beer of the day, first ever from the Station, and the beginning of my Kapowski Day adventure in Flossmoor. Slick burnt sienna roars into the glass, a finger of ecru foam recalling the steam at trainstops of yore. The air abounds with light maple syrup, cedar, brown sugar, and a soft breeze of roasted malts. Maybe it's this air, maybe it's the beer running into my mouth (it's hard to tell sometimes), but I can distinctly taste brown sugar, roasted malts, light maple syrup, light molasses, and a brief fling with oak. Okay, I figured it out: It was the beer, which went down nicely thanks to a medium body and a light moderate carbonation. While I watched the Fighting Sioux get taken down by the Gophers on ice, I didn't want to put this one down. Things are boding well for this day at the brewpub.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Flossmoor Station Brewery and served in a goblet. Consumed Dec 31, 2009.

Pours a dark brown (what are the chances), with small head which leaves little lace. Wow, this beer smells good: molasses, brown sugar, and lots of other deliciousness. A nice balance of sweetness, and very enjoyable. I wish this beer was a little thicker in the mouthfeel. More malt perhaps? A nice beer to enjoy as we wind down the past decade and one I look forward to having again. Cheers!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With all the love the rotating Flossmoor IPAs get I figured I should also give one of their regular offerings a chance. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Huge dark tan head with big bubbles that slowly dissipates but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Eventually settles to thick cap over a near-black body with a hint of lighter brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Huge baker's chocolate, multi-grain bread, and nut smell, with hints of anise, spice, molasses, and coffee. There's a little bit of soapiness (perhaps from Cascade hops) in there too, but it isn't overly distracting.

T - The taste is heavy in roasted malts, with more of the multi-grain character coming through. Definitely not as sweet as I was expecting from the smell - maybe only a hint of molasses and caramel. Bitter burnt coffee finish that is a bit out of proportion to the rest of the flavor.

M - Yikes - too much carbonation - it burns! I suppose that's preferable to lack of carbonation, as at least I can stir this for a bit to calm it down. However, the out of the bottle feel is gritty (even chalky), and leaves a sticky residue that accompanies the bitter aftertaste.

D - The low ABV makes this pretty easy going, but the fierce bitter roastiness and high carbonation are turning me off. Perhaps this bottle is too old (still has Matt Van Wyck on the label,although that doesn't mean a ton as god knows how many bottles were pre-made before he left), but there's a huge disconnect between the smell and the taste/feel. I'll still finish this bomber, but I may have to try this on-tap to make sure that this is what Flossmoor intended.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hint of coffee, alcohol, hint of sweet malt, and slight wood. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just found this in the back of beer fridge and realized it was a top 10 American Brown ale...yes please. Beer is nearly still, completely uncarbonated, dark brown, bordering on black. No lacing and nearly no head. Not off to a great start are we?

Aroma is nice though, good level of roast and sweetness / molasses in the nose. Smells good.

Beer is a little thin, surprisingly, and has this kind of late lingering bitterness from the roast. It is not unpleasant. The lead off here is the sweetness, giving way to a vacant midpalate and some nice bitterness / coffee / roast at the end of palate. it tastes good but I think a lot more could have been done ot connect the palate throughout.

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Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber, into two nonic pint glasses, bottle courtesy of AJacob81! Cheers dude, shared with a budding BA to initiate festivities on my girlfriend's 25th birthday.

Poured a viscous, deep brown (bordering on black) colour, opaque in the body with a tinge of red around the edges. Head was creamy and frothy, and tan in colour. Minimal lacing, but the retention on this was phenomenal, kept a solid half finger of head on this throughout. Just gorgeous. Aroma is nice too, bouquet of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, sweet and rich malts. Taste starts with the rich warm malt base striking the tongue initially, then coating the tongue with a fairly simple and delicious combination of molasses, caramel, toffee and a touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is full, low carbonation and a smooth, creamy finish. Bit of bitterness at the end of each sip, but the IBU's on this are only low 30's from what I can recall from the bottle. Excellent beer, drinkability is brought down a notch by the fullness I experienced drinking this beer, 22oz may be a bit much for myself but to each his own!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stonequarrywest for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate, toffee, roast. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with very nice notes of chocolate, toffee, with some roastyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, one of the best American Brown Ale's I've had to date.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise treat from Ditmier from over the Memorial Day weekend... Thanks Eric!!

Pours with a thin white head... very clear deep walnut brew.

Nose smells "BROWN"... wow... deep nutty.. Herculean English Brown ... toffee and caramel without too much sweetness... lite cocoa..

Flavor mirrors the nose with some lite blackstrap and hints of something that I can only describe as smoke on the finish... the nuttiness and caramel essence all jive very well... I could not believe that Floosmoor packed this much flavor into a 6% brew.. My only real beef could be that some decisive hoppiness could help cut down on perceived sweetness... but overall, this is an excellent brown ale.. just not "American" ... Thanks a ton Eric.


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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a very dark brown with a small head of tan foam.

The smell is both bitterish and sweet; some notes of coffee and chocolate and some grain.

The taste is as nice as the nose. I'm getting the bitter/sweet thing with good tasting coffee notes and good chocolate, which I think is adding both sweetness and bitternes. A nice medium mouthfeel here which also describes the carbonation. It finishes with a nice bitterish kick that leaves a good long lasting aftertaste. I like.

Bottom line: Here's a nice American style Brown Ale that's plenty tasty, has a good mouthfeel, is easy drinking, and looks good in the glass. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Nice big creamy tan head. The body was thick and black with no visible carbonation.

S- Very clean smell but it had hints of floral hops and a bit of chocolate or roasted malt. The end had a bit of a spicy note aswell.

T- It started with a sweet but roasted barley flavor and a slight hint of chocolate. The spicy resinous hops were a balance to the malt and there was some prune or black strap molasses in the background. It finished with a slight alcoholic warmth.

M- The mouthfeel felt slippery but still creamy and there was a slight alcohol warmth at the end.

D- I feel like this beer is more of an American Brown Ale or a Porter. It has nice big hops that would make me think that it is a ABA but the awards on the wall are for best Porter. It is a nice beer but I'm not sure why it had an alcohol warmth to it. Maybe it was served to young and needed time to age?

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Note: Tasted bottled version contract brewed by Riverside Brewing Co., Riverside, CA.

Dark brown to black color with ruby highlights and a nice Brown head. Big Chocolate aroma and a nice chocolate taste (had a slight roasty aftertaste). Medium bodied.

This beer runs along the lines of a Robust Porter in my book - delicious and makes you want to have more than one !

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle for $6.49. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Pretty much as soon as I poured the beer into the glass, it started bubbling up like crazy, and it took a while for the head to settle down enough for me to pour a somewhat full glass. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like molasses, chocolate, brown sugar and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of a nutty flavor. Also, I think the roasty coffee flavor comes out stronger in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick but has way too much carbonation. I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle or not, but at least the taste wasn't affected. Other than the high carbonation, I think it's a good brew. I'd try this again in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich molasses brown with a tan head hat is fleeting at best. The aroma is a bronwnie sweet cream with som bitter burnt malts and a touch of rye like hops. The taste has sweet and bitter malts. The molasses mingles very well ith such a deep roasted to burnt malt bill with good hop balancing. Makes me thnk of sweet mocha brownies with adash of grapefruit rinds jumping aroun. Adding a spicey note to the mix. A dark sweet mix with lots of chocolates and coffee flavors moving around your palate. Taste like its almost a sipping beer, but lower in abv.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of 2BDChicago and the never-ending SS BIF box. Served in my SA Perfect Pint. Recipe No. 128 indicated on the label. Pours 90% head to start - off-white/tan, dense and frothy. As the head recedes, a chestnut hued body is revealed with ruby red highlights evident when backlit. Thick, textured swaths of lacing are exposed as the head slowly recedes. Nose is malty with a slight nuttiness and a suggestion of artificial sweetener and lactose. Taste is fantastic - malty, molasses and a pleasant roasted character - extremely flavorful without being overly thick or cloying; however, there is a residual lactose/artificial sweetener character that lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation and silky/creamy texture. Overall, I have to say that this is one of the best American Brown Ales I've had the opportunity to try, falling somewhere between a brown and a Porter in my opinion. A top notch beer that demonstrates that a high abv is not necessary to impart flavor.

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