Pioneer Path Of The Unknown | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ppoitras on 12-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter ($5) at the brewery this early evening after 18 holes of disc golf on the course AT THE BREWERY, and from a 32 ounce growler ($7) @ home this evening. What a friendly, low key and fun brewery to visit!

Imperial American brown ale..hmmm..not a style recognized by well

Growler pour is dark mahogany with a just a quickly departing medium tan head, at the brewery it was more frothy/creamy and longer lasting. Thin tiny bubble film, moderate collar and respectable, fine sheeting and spots of lace.

Nose is faintly of powdered sugars and dry darker chocolate.

At 9 point something percent this is a sweeter, chocolaty sipper, perfect for a cool winter’s eve. Complex, with better then average depth of flavor. Notes of dry dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit (raisins, figs), continued sugary sweet, dark malts, some chalkiness and quite dry with biting hops late. Nicely done.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of alexbutler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A thick layer of espresso brown head sits on top of a dark body. Afer some sips, there is some impressive lacing as it inches down the glass. Gotta say, very impressive bottle, too. One of the finest labels I've come across... very intricate artwork of a wooded path,

S - Very strong notes of chocolate. Deep aroma of sweet malts. Hearty.

T - Very sweet and heavy ale here... Light carbonation adds to the thick feel of this beer. Loaded with malts, this beer is quite dense. The chocolate will not be ignored!

M - Very full mouthfeel to this ale. I can't remember having ever tasted a double American brown ale, but it's damn thick. Almost syrupy.

O - I'd definitely try this again, but maybe not in the middle of summer. The high ABV (10%) and thick pull suggest that it might be best sipped in the colder months. Very tasty.

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Photo of SpacingOutMan
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle. Great contrast between bottle color (brown) and artwork/text. Great artwork. Poured into a tulip glass.

Thick, dark tan head; approximately 1/2" (a little shaken up before pour). Opaque and very dark brown with some hints of a red tinge.

Has a "chocolately" malt aroma with a slight sweetness.

Full body flavor consisting of a roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors that one would find in any quality dark beer. The bitterness and hop content aren't overwhelming and elevate the flavor profile of this beer.

Again, definitely full bodied but not too-too heavy; just the right amount of carbonation to consume with ease.

Overall, definitely a quality beer that took me by surprise (simply found three of their beers by chance in a grocery store after having visited another brewery in Mass.). It is very drinkable for those who enjoy stronger beers. Upon drinking this beer, the 10.0% ABV is not evident whatsoever, which is both a blessing and a curse depending on how much is consumed.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SithLantern
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a very thin head, large bubbles which leave no lacing on the glass and no cap.

Smell is mostly roasted malt with maybe the slightest hint of dark fruit on the nose.

Taste starts out with a roasted malt fruit, subtle hints of chocolate and dark fruit dance around in the aftertaste to make what was starting out rather simplistic into something slightly more complex and interesting, carbonation is weak but not entirely lacking, for 10% the beer hides the alcohol fairly well except for some alcohol breath but in terms of burning in the mouth there is none.

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Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to see bottles (very nice designed ones at that) around from this brewery. I had first heard of them six months back or so and meant to find some draft but didn't get around to it. Hopefully another good local brewery, it never hurts to have more.

A- Poured from the 750ml bottle to a snifter for the review and a pint glass to share. Both vessels receive a very dark brown ale that might as well be opaque. A light tan-mocha head rises up to a finger high with a foamy, frothy texture. Head retention is decent and a few small islands and a ring remain after the cap falls. Lacing starts with a thick sheet at the top and some webs that lead to spottiness at the bottom.

S- Toasty brown maltiness is the centerpiece of the aroma and it alludes to what could be a rich flavor with a significant citrus hop feel in there as well. Notes of toast, caramel, roast, cocoa and sweets roughly in that order for me.

T- Deep malty presence up front with a nice hop edge. The hops seem to come into play right after the malt clears off the palate and grow to a medium-high level for the style. They bring citrus, pine and earthy notes which compliment the toast, caramel, roasty and chocolate grainy notes. Vanilla sweetness. Some yeast in the balance with hints of dark fruits and slight spice.

MF- Medium-heavy thickness with a definite chewy, creamy texture that coats the taste buds. Carbonation is at a moderate level which seems to suit the flavors just right. Finishes with a fresh hop bitterness as the flavors from said hops grows above the toasty cocoa malt profile.

I thought this beer would be good but to me it is great. The high ABV is about as invisible as it can be but it allows the rich toasty malts and a nice citrusy hop presence to shine. Each sip seems to just get better and more interesting. Pioneer certainly has my attention after this.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-top growler bought from the cooler at the brewery's Stein Hall.

First stein (old Pioneer #42, circa 2010) pours with a 1/4" beige head, over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. What head there is lasts like crazy, with lasting lace that looks like it was applied with a roller. Aroma is roasty grain hull sweetness.

Taste picks up where the nose left off with rich dark maltiness, lightly bitter through the middle, and alcoholic at the close, maybe a touch harshly so. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is way too easy for a beer of this abv. This Westward Ho series (or whatever it's called) could be the death of someone if they try to make the journey in a sitting.

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Photo of Userme59
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of Sweffin
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery/pub.

Light fuzzy slightly darker colored head in the snifter, very dark colored molasses brown so pretty much no light getting through.

Nose plenty of malts and sweeteners, starting with some earthy dark malts, dark crystal malts, bit of chocolate and another dark malt I'm not sure of, and hint if coffee roast. Then caramel, molasses, some brown sugar, light toffee, chocolate caramel candy, and just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste starts like a candy bar, caramel, chocolate, light nougat, and some sweetness. Malts kick in right away with chocolate, hint of roast and coffee, dark crystal malts, etc, followed closely by sweet additions, caramel, molasses, toffee, and candi. Light earthy hops with a mild bitterness that is accentuated with the roasty malts fills out the middle, and a light cocoa nib, and some clear warming and slightly tingly booze. As it finished the hops build a bit, adding some grassy herbal and earthy components, and then turn slightly spicy and salty on the late finish. It's slightly sticky and a bit sweet on the finish, with more lingering sweeteners and malts to go with the hops.

Mouth is fuller bodied slightly syrupy, some warming tingly booze, decent carb.

overall nice, some nice malts and sweet additions, molasses, caramel, hints of roast, coffee, and bit of cocoa, with a decent sweetness and some booze as expected. The hops are a nice addition as well with a nice earthy turned to spicy hop addition that builds. Not very drinkable, but fairly tasty.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical brown ale appearance. Sweet aroma, somewhat oxidized. Sweet caramel malt taste, light coffee-like roastiness, solvent, oxidation. Not very good.

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Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of the_beerist
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freshcarl
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of agreenman19
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pioneer Path Of The Unknown from Connecticut Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 38 ratings