Burly Brown | Stevens Point Brewery

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Burly BrownBurly Brown

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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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 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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Photo of Redrover
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a medium brown with a tan head.

The aroma is of lightly roasted malts and brown sugar. Light pine is also noticeable.
The beer is more hoppy than I thought given the smell. It has some roasted malt, coco and brown sugar. The beer has a nice aftertaste of pine & citrus. I like the balance and interplay of flavor.

The mouth could be beefed up a bit, but it does make for a very sessionalbe beer. I would love to try this on tap!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: An end of the week relaxer...
Glassware: Kisatsky pint glass...
Appearance: dark transparent body with an off-white two-finger head that settles well--looks like a hearty ale...
Aroma: some warming. roasted notes--some buttery, some nutty elements as well--welcoming...
Palate: smooth, medium-bodied with a rankle of activity in the throat--creamy and effervescent..
Taste: subtle flavors of hops, sugary sweetness with some floral yeasts--in general, a mix of beer elements that form a well-rounded taste...
Overall: no complaints about this beer, but aside from the newness of the purchase, I am not sure I would seek this out again, as some browns are demonstratively more profound or more available...

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Photo of taez555
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this on my fishing adventure in Minnesota

Pours a clear brown body with a small off-white head.

Nose had a muted stout sort of smell. Biscuit, coffee, dark smells, even hints of citrus.

Light to medium bodied. Dark, but very mild malt tastes. Chocolate, some very faint coffee roasted malt and biscuit. Very very very faint hints of smoke in the background even. A well balanced bitterness with some touches of piney citrus hops.

My brother in law (2 weeks before his 21st birthday) loved this beer. Future BA? Anyway, a really nice brown ale. Reminded me almost of an American pale ale with just darker malt touches. Great accompaniment to steak or just to sit and sip as a session beer.

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Photo of climax
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The burly beer poured a chestnut brown, good clarity with orange highlights. The fizzy tan head faded quickly, but sustained a film atop the beer.

The nose had a lot of flavors going for it. Sweet notes of brown sugar, honey, and even cinnamon hit the sniffer first. All seemed to be sitting on a doughy bread backbone. Deeper in there, the roasty nutty character was evident, and well blended with a floral hop bill.

The flavor may not have had all of the subtleties as with the aroma, but it still boasted an ample bouquet of flavors for such a drinkable beer. A sweet and slightly tart beginning fades into a roasty/grassy finish which lingers until the next sip.

I thought of the feel as a bit on the light, perhaps watery, side at first. Not the case. As it explored the mouth it acquired a more viscous character. Carbonation was light, but plenty sharp. Extremely easy to drink, in good Brown Ale fashion.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up in WI last week to visit family and my brother had a mixed 12 pack from these guys. This was the first of them I've tried. 12oz bottle, poured into a tall pilsner glass as that was all that was available at the time. Pours a clear dark brown. Thick 2-finger head atop. Nose was sweet with dark malts, grains, caramel candy. Semisweet toffee, breads, mild finish. Mild bitterness present, as this is sweet as it's meant to be. This is a good beer and it really hits the spot. This is a simple style that I don't visit enough. I like it.

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Photo of dhannes
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A=Looked like Coca-Cola at first, but then held up to the light to reveal a reddish brown hue. Creamy, eggshell color, 3 finger head that lasted over a minute.

S=Syrupy sweet...like molasses and maple syrup.

T=A brown sugar sweetness, with a bourbon backdrop and you can taste the alcohol, too. Cola flavoring, with somewhat of a nutty presence...almonds and cashews, perhaps. The alcohol and bourbon dominate, however.

M=Slightly above average...a tad lighter than I expected. Sweetness and above average carbonation prevent this from being a session beer.

O=This beer grew on me a bit, but I found it too sweet...if it were for hops, you'd swear you were drinking a flat cola.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice light brown body with an amber hue when struck by light. The head is substantial at about an inch and a half. It's off white and frothy leaving a hummocky surface as it slowly fades away.

S - Pale malt aroma that has a soapiness to it.

T - The flavors of malt and hops ring true with this brown ale. The hoppy finish is not overwhelming but easy and laid back.

M - Wet beginning followed by a slightly coarse middle and a soft finish.

~ I'm not a big fan of brown ales but I have to admit I've found one worth drinking in the Burly Brown. The Point Brewing has done a very nice job. I recommend this brew to all beer lovers.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't expecting much from this one, but I do love me some Point brews, and the taste wowed me.

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: I'd have to agree with others: A Newcastle brown look.

Smell: Nutty, malty.

Taste: Mmmm. Now this is a brown ale I can appreciate. Similar to Southern Pecan but not as dominant as Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Smooth, nutty, goes down good. More, please.

Mouthfeel: Medium, just rolls on the tongue.

Overall: A very decent brown ale. Congrats, Point Brewery. I plan to consume more of this little surprise.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a nice leathery brown with a white head, which dissipated quickly after pouring it from the bottle.

S: Smelled of rich malty flavor, with a hint of chocolate.

T: Overall, it tasted fairly earthy, and fairly dark for how light it is in comparison to actual dark beers.

M: Fairly smooth, but for some reason felt watery.

D: Good drinkability, and for the price I paid, not horrible.

Overall, decent beer, not my favorite, but none the less, Cheers.

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Photo of battlekow
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After pouring an insipid clear brown--though it did have an attractive, tenacious head--and smelling a tad like cooked veggies, Burly Brown really surprised me by having a delicious toasted brown sugar taste to it. It's very sweet upfront, but not offensively so, and finishes with a nice toasty kick. Nothing spectacular, of course, but certainly good for the style; one of the best non-nutty brown ales I can think of. I would happily drink several more.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is dark copper color with an off-white head wispy head. The aroma consists of slightly fermented grain, almost dank, but definitely not off putting.

Light and carbonated on the palate. A touch of caramel is noticeable upfront, and some husky grains bring it through to the finish. This finish is quiet, but a subtle bitterness does peek through. Not a bad brown ale. Drinkable and enjoyable, and it went well with the steak that I was eating.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brownish-orange color with a slight red hue. There is a one-finger, slightly off-white, creamy looking head. Smell is primarily of sweet, toasted malts and a slight whiff of hops. Taste is like the nose, amber and toasted malts with more bittering hops present that balance out the malt nicely and finishes slightly dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is light in body and has a decent amount of creamy carbonation. This is a sessionable brown, pretty solid... nothing to write home about but solid.

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Photo of JeffreyG
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown ale is becoming one of my favorite styles, and this is probably the local favorite. I was at a bar where I expected the usual suspects for beer, so I was pleasantly surprised that this was on tap. Good roasty dark malt flavor, balanced with a mild hop overtone in the finish. Served too cold and definitely improved as it warmed to a more appropriate temperature. Haven't had it in a bottle for a while and it wowed me a little more this time. I will revisit the bottle to see it is my growing apprecieation for browns, or a noticeable step up for the draft version.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Dark brown body, not stout dark, but pretty dark. Smell is dominated by roasted malts and hops. taste is relatively unbalanced, with most of the flavor coming from the hops. The nutty brown flavor only slightly accentuates the hops presence. Pretty good, solid brown ale.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish amber that approaches brown, but it's more in the highlights. Poured aggressively and creates a nice dense head. Good appearance.
Seems to have a lager like aroma at times. In times it brings on some malt that holds some toast, slight sweetness and hints of chocolate. Not bad, but not that strong. Hints of hops at most.
Flavors round off better than aroma does, although still mild overall. Hops more present too with mild bitterness, some dryness and flavor of earthy and dry grass. Surprisingly long finish with hops present at some length.
Body is light and hold a lager like feel in it's thinness. Carbonated nicely.
Flavors tend to show forth more as warms showing greater characteristic of style.

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