Amsterdam CJM Brown Royale Ale | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 10-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by liamt07:
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3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, consumed on January 8. 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a real dark brown, with the slightest hint of some ruby red round the edges. Finger and change of brown head, little retention. Not sure if I smelt this right based on some of the other reviews, but first whiff of this came with some real fresh citrus hops? Got some mild chocolate also, nose was a bit of a surprise. More chocolate in the flavour, and bunch more of these nebulous citrus hops. lolwut? Greater sense of some roastiness and light coffee comes through as it warms. Bitterness in the finish but doesn't last too long. Good body and relatively good drinkability. An interesting offering, not sure I interpreted this one too well based on some of the previous reviews.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bar Volo Cask Days 2010 Festival. Decent one off, drinkable, though on sweet side. Above average mouthfeel, some malt complexity to make it more interesting their normal brown ales. A touch of licorice that induces a spiciness. No sourness.I would think about 6.5% a.b.v.Drinkable but a half pint is too much.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Derek
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewmaster Jamie Mistry did this for the Iron Brewer competition, and placed quite well.

A: Black with a light tan head, great retention & lace. A bit dark for a brown ale, but I'm not complaining.

S: Cascade hops, grapefruit & rind with hints of grassy & floral aromas. Cascadian Dark Ale?

T: This is closer to a chocolatey porter finished with a generous amount of American hops (reminds me of a 1800's East India Porter, but with American flavour). I REALLY like it. The cascades play with the chocolate malt like a Terry's chocolate orange, though there's some resiny american hop flavour. It's bready and biscuity, more-so than a cascadian dark, roasted nuts, hints of licorice, with a modestly balanced bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderately full body has a crisp finish with a slight hint of hop acidity.

D: A hell of a drinker and overall a great brew.

Not as 'robust' and roasty as the Edmund Fitzgerald, but with a little more dry hopping. I'd call this an American Porter, and I'd drink it regularly.

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Photo of kwjd
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Amsterdam brewery store last week. Pours a dark brown colour with tan head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Some lacing does cling to the side of the glass. Smells of mild chocolate with some spiciness that I can't put my finger on. Some roasted malt smell as well. A fairly sweet flavour. Thick mouthfeel, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Certainly a step up from the brown ales I'm used to from Amsterdam.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a mocha head. Retains nicely.

Chocolate and roast dominate the aroma with a hint of fruitiness.

Taste is chocolate and cold black coffee, herbal bitterness with an underlying slightly burnt roastiness. Finishes dry and quick with a snap of licorice spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry. Well attenuated.

There's a bunch of interesting flavours here, but I can't say they all gel or add up to anything worth repeating. It's decent, but there's something of a soapy bitterness in the middle that I could do without. This is still miles better than anything in Amsterdam's regular roster though, and kudos to them for brewing interesting one-offs and seasonals.

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Amsterdam CJM Brown Royale Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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