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CB's Canaltown Brown Ale | CB Craft Brewers

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Brewed by:
CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the Custom Brewcrafters website:
Calling all coffee lovers! Introducing CB's Canaltown Brown Ale, the second in a line of regional custom creations from Custom BrewCrafters of Honeoye Falls! We took a traditional English style Brown Ale and added fresh coffee specially roasted for us by the great folks at Canaltown coffee roasters. The Crystal and KilnAmber malts create the backbone of the beer and balance the coffee flavor perfectly. We went light on the hops to let the earthy coffee aroma come through. The chocolate malt gives the beer its coffee color and dry finish. Also, just as we don't make non-alcoholic beer, we also don't make decaf. This beer has a small amount of caffeine. Enjoy in moderation! Cheers!

Brewed with Pale, Crystal , KilnAmber and Chocolate malts, and hopped with First Gold hops. Coffee is a special roast made for Custom BrewCrafters by CanalTown Coffee Roasters.

Added by John on 08-27-2006

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by SLeffler27:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New on tap at Mammoser's here in Hamburg,poured from the tap medium to full brown with just a slight ruby colored tint a thin quick to faid almond colored head atop.That dark roast coffee element really shows thru up front aroma wise along with some deep earthy tones as well,flavors of vanilla,earth and espresso roast coffee are the dominant flavors I really liked the heavy drying earthy flavors mixing with vanilla bean a nice contrast.The coffee is big and bold but does not overpowring this really has some substance to it not a novelty brew by any means.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served to me in a pint glass at Merchant's Grill in Rochester, NY.

A- Golden brown almost. Foamy light tan head. Big bubbles that go away quickly.

S- Deep dark roasted coffee/toffee. Bold, strong, sweet.

T- This was awesome. Almost tasted like a mocha porter. Bold roasted hazelnut coffee taste with sharp, char notes. Smooth overall like a sweet nut brown ale. I like the way this beer opens up although it ends up tasting a bit thin for the rest of the drink. The coffee taste isn't strong enough or the beer taste isn't strong enough; one or the other.

M- Smooth, sticky, but not thick at all.

D- I can't think of a time where it isn't a good time to drink this beer. It is really good it just needs a little bit more boldness.

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this at the Buffalo Brewfest a few weeks ago, and eagerly filled up a growler with it when it came on at Consumer's Orchard Park location. Poured into my nonic, Canaltown Brown is a bright cherrywood brown hue, with a pillowy head of light tan froth. At first the nose yields subtle nut aromas with mild, grassy hop scents. As it warms, an earthy, "husky" grain aroma comes forward with more and more force. Mellow nutted bread flavors are the basis of the taste which is accented with very mild earthy-grassy hop flavors and a steady roasted coffee finish. This coffee flavor at the end contributes to the dryness of the mouthfeel, which is punctuated sparsely by light carbonation and an ever-so-slight mineral twang. The spent grain husk flavor becomes more noticeable as time goes on, as does a very understated sourness. Nice webby rings of lacing. As long as you don't let it get too close to room temp, the nuttiness of this Brown Ale doesn't take on too much sweetness. It's overall dry and roasty character compels subsequent sips, and the moderately-low abv ensures its status as a solid session ale. I hope this sticks around for a while.

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Photo of rarevos
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Deep, rich brown with amber highlights. Light tan head recedes to a thin foam blanket across the to, sticky trails clinging to the side as it falls.

S: Coffee is the dominant aroma, followed by a roasted nut aroma. Little bit of caramel.

T/M: Coffee up front with a nice nutty hazelnut flavor toward the end. Sweet in the middle, like caramel. Finish is dry, bitter, with a long coffee tail.

D: Yeah, this works. I could so drink this in the morning, but I don't want to be that guy. Really tasty beer. I don't know how well it would play when paired with a dinner, but I could easily drink this by itself at a bar, or with a creamy dessert.

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Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(On draft at Aladdin's in Pittsford, NY)
Canal Town Brown is a sparkling mahogany with a fizzy off-white head. It is rather transparent looking and leaves good lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt, medium roast coffee and buttery toffee. It is medium bodied, slightly chalky, not watery, and softly carbonated. The coffee flavor is very subtle. Malt with saltines and butter-- the flavor is a bit disjointed and there's not really any bitterness to speak of. Maybe some day I'll "get" brown ales-- as for now, all they ever do is make me want a porter! That said, this wasn't that bad.
(rated Jul 17, 2007)

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CB's Canaltown Brown Ale from CB Craft Brewers
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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