Burly Brown | Stevens Point Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wheatyweiss on 04-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 97
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5/5  rDev +52.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of Hhawk06
4.19/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a little rough on the head, a tad too inconsistent for my liking. At least the body of the beer is a little better as it presents a nice clear auburn in color. The aroma is clearly bitter, with barley and faint chocolate(?) notes. I'm paying attention now. It has a standard medium body. Flavors are abound here though. The prickly hop notes that are hard to ignore are balanced by a pale, caramel, and very faint chocolate flavor. All of these are softened nicely with a floral edge. The selected malts to provide a nice creamy effect on the beer. It finishes a little sugary, but also a bit roasted with defining barley notes. I like it, good depth in the interpretation of the style.

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Photo of supercolter
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 3rd installment from the sampler pack.appearance is a bit lacking. Some head and decent lacing but more 7-up fizz than anything. Smell and taste are similar with a strong dry malt and just a hint of spice and hops.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are right on par for the style.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
This is a mild and fairly simple brown. Nothing very complex and is a really good beer to drink a few of. Have more than one at a time. I think it is probably their best beer but I really like browns.
Look is a nice brown with a cream colored head that did reduce to a nice cap.
Smell is malty and to me has that Point beer smell to it also.
Taste is mild a little roasty a hint of sweet and very tasty.
Feel is carbonated creamy and smooth
Drink this is a very drinkable beer. I think it even gets better the more you have. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark red brown. The light khaki head head fills a solid three fingers of my glass. After receding a very thin layer of lace is left.

The aroma is nice roast malt. It has a solid nuttiness for sure. A touch of hops but just a touch. Very solid brown nose.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Much more carmel and light coffee comes through in the taste. Super smooth.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall a great brown. Super drinkable.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always looking for a really drinkable beer (with some character), this one fits the bill. Pours brown (coke brown) in the glass, a tad transparent, with a bit of bubbles showing. Nice foamy head that laced the glass all the way down. All roasted malt in the nose. Taste was first malt, then a hint of bitterness with some residual roasting, followed by a hint of sweetness. Nothing else. No amazing complexity, just straightforward good taste that went down very easily. Perhaps too easily, given the moderate to light body. In any case, definitely one worth having in the fridge when you want more than one of something.

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Photo of WJVII
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I purchased this beer I had no idea it was brewed right in my backyard. Stevens Point Brewery makes this wonderful brown ale.

Poured into a pint glass this this beer had a nice one inch thick creamy head that lasted quite a while with some lacing on the glass. The color is a dark carmel. It has a wonderful malty smell with hints of chocolate and roasted barley. Minimal carbonation is present and the taste is great, very smooth. This beer reminds me a lot of my favorite beer New Caslte. Who knew we brewed something like this right in Stevens Point, I sure didn't, but I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.01/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist-off bottle poured into a Nonic
5% ABV

A - An aggressive pour unleashes a tall light khaki head on this beer which lasts and lasts, covering the pint above the gorgeous clear crimson copper-colored beer with thick lace.

S - Burley Brown combines the dry, mildly astringent aroma of toasted malt and biscuit character with subtle caramel and toffee sweetness for a balanced and inviting smelling brown.

T - Mild earthy hops cut through this brown's malt base of toasted wheat bread crust and suggestions of caramel and toffee for a balanced brown finish.

M - Burley Brown is anything but burley as this light-bodied beer crosses the palate with lasting, faintly metallic dryness and a smooth finish.

O - One of Points more balanced and thorough beers, Burley Brown does a good job of having different malt nuances such as toasted dryness and caramel sweetness play off one another for a very easy drinking brown ale.

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Photo of ironwill54
4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of syx
4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Kon_Doc-08
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the nodes in brown ales. Favorite beers.

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Lemke10
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12pk sampler of Stevens Point Beer for $11.99 from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a dark brown color with just a slight fluffy, off white head. Picking up scents of hazelnuts, roasted malts, and caramel malts. Taste is rather smooth and sweet. Can really taste the caramel and sugars. After taste is quite robust and flavorful. Rather tasty and flavorful. A decent dark beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surpringly flavorful with a 'true' malt taste and refreshing dry finish, Burly Brown makes for a very enticing Brown Ale that has more in common with norther English Brown Ales than American.

While pouring the staple brown color, the beer carries deep amber highlights as well as a slightly off white froathy head that lingers the sessiona and leaves even pockets of foam behind with each sip. A firm and inviting Brown Ale.

Malty rich aromas of whipped cream, caramel, grain, and medium woods all yield a slight nutty and chocolate scent. Light butterscotch, but no real fruity ester profile or spiciness- the beer's aroma remains true to Browns by focusing on malt depth and little distraction elsewhere.

Firmly malted to taste as well as chocolate, nuts, medium toast, bread crust, and lightly caramelized sugars provide the bulk of the flavor matrix. Ligthly toasted woods, toffee and a slight grassy taste balances the sweeter malt base, but not with the zeal that's expected from American hops in American-style Brown Ales. Again, with a cleanly malted profile and just enough balance from hops, the beer remains void of the distraction of fruitiness or spiciness from yeast that would have muddled the waters.

Medium and almost full- the higher levels of carbonation seem to reinforce the notion of dryness and lightness, albeit releasing a carbonic bite that brings undue attention to the grainy mid palate. Lightly grassy and with a dry woody character the finish is lightly powdery, minty-cool, and overall refreshing.

Burly Brown seems more similar to Sam Smith's Nut Brown and Wychwood Hobgoblin than more appropriate American Brown Ales like Bell's Best Brown or Sierra Nevada's Tumbler. But it's an easy drinking and palatable Brown Ale regardless of the origins for style or influence of recipe.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This created a huge, rocky, eggshell-white head with only mild retention. The color was a deep copper/light brown and the nose was moderately sweet with malt. The mouthfeel was medium, but I got a real sweetness in the mouth, like maple syrup. The finish had a chocolaty aspect to it, like a porter. I was looking for something other than my usual hop-driven beer that afternoon, and this really hit the spot! Much more like it, as my initial notes read.

It probably would not be too tasty, but this beer combined with a Surly Furious would make a Burly, Surly, and Furious, which might be just the thing if you were itching to start a bar fight.

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Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
3.28 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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