Historical Brown Ale | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Historical Brown AleHistorical Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly 104th Regiment Ale

Added by Ivanhoes_Backpack on 02-16-2013

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of mikebu
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StephenPerr
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MetalCath
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Connell Stamp version:

Opaque almost black color, transparent in the light with a copper hue, strong visible activity. Faint frothy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, creating a good amount of lacing. Flavors of sweet molasses, caramel, butterscotch, dark chocolate, coffee, faint dark berries and apples, and herbal hops. Very sweet and tender prominent chocolate taste. Quality coffee feel. Pleasant earthiness being well intensified and not too spicy. Smooth medium body with sharp prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish with a well rounded chocolate, bitter hops, and walnuts mouthfeel. Really good! Very fresh, delicious, and easy to enjoy. Balanced and accessible. Overall excellent craft.

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Photo of Grogsky
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 64 Oz. Growler

A- Clear Dark brown, almost black topped by an off-white bubbly head. Lots of lacing.

S- Sweet butterscotch/caramel, slightly bitter chocolate, and a subtle nutty aroma.

T- Butterscotch/caramel sweetness complimented nicely by chocolate notes and a soft earthy bitterness.

M- Creamy Medium Mouthfeel with low carbonation

O- From what I understand, this is the first batch of this beer under the name "Histrorical Brown Ale" (formerly 104th Regiment) and I have to say that it is quite good. I'm not personally a big fan of Brown Ale's but I could get used to this one. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness and easy drinking. Hopefully Picaroons decides to bottle this brew once again.

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Photo of mcormier79
3.64/5  rDev 0%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery store.
Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby at the edges and a creamy frothy off white head that displays great retention and lace. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and chocolate maltiness with just a hint of butterscotch and earthy hop to balance. The flavor is rich caramel and toffee maltiness with a fair amount of chocolate notes and some earthy hop flavor and minimal bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy silky mouthfeel. I seem to be a bit better at tolerating diacetyl in darker beers and I kind of enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Freddy216b
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BryantForestry
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bylerteck
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Friend brought this back from New Brunswick. From notes.

A - Poured deep amber and bright with good carbonation. One finger of off white head on top left OK lace but no retention.

S - Nutty, malty, butterscotchy.

T - Sweet malt, sugary, sweet, buttery, nutty.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet with nuttiness to finish.

O/D - Decent shot at a brown. Pretty straightforward, but good and along similar lines to what Picaroons have been doing.

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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of StomachUlcers
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of juliendesrochers
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DirtyDurds
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A: pours a glossy brown with a minimal amount of head and very little retention, but it looks like a brown ale should.

S: much maltier than I had expected, and there are aspects of roast and some very mild hops scents there as well.

T: roasts and malts sneak in and then the profile smooths out to a decently balanced British ale.

M: medium carbonation and fullness

O: a good effort on this style by Picaroons. Definitely not an American style brown ale, this recipe is a traditional one from the British and the war of 1812. I'd like to see more like this from them.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TimeLincoln
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got it on tap in a growlah. Poured into Picaroons glass.

A - dark auburn, little red for a brown. Thin lacing around edges.
S - burnt toffee, some caramel.
T - nutty, brown sugar, earthy finish.
M - medium body, bit acidic.
O - Picaroons claims they're still tweaking the recipe. Overall it's not quite a brown, but it's a solid Picaroons outing. They may be making it into a regular eventually, so further review pending.

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Historical Brown Ale from Picaroons Traditional Ales
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 22 ratings