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Friday, April 19th 2013

Face Down Brown Ale
(Telluride Brewing Company)

Face Down Brown Ale was the gold medal winning brown ale at the Great American Beer Festival last year, not a bad choice for the Telluride Brewing Company's second canned offering. Big thanks to Tommy for giving us the chance to try this one. Cheers!

From the Telluride Brewing site:

"A beautiful hybrid of an English and American style Brown that explodes with toffee, chocolate, and nut flavors… don’t be afraid to get downwith the best Brown around!

This beer has already made its mark as a two-time award winner, taking both the Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for “American Style Brown” and also nabbing the Gold Cup at the 2012 World Beer Cup!

The Face Down comes in at 5.7% abv and pairs well with bison, venison, beef, elk, beans, burgers, and almonds."

Here we go...

Pour - very dark brown in appearahce with a nice half inch or so of white foamy head. Carbonation looks perfect. Great looking beer coming out of the can.


Aroma - espresso and cocoa aromas abound along with caramel, dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and toffee. So many rich aromas come to light as I shove my face down into the glass. Inviting to say the least. 


Taste - rich and creamy. Cocoa, vanilla, coffee and hazelnut all come together to give this beer a roasty, sweet, and smoot flavor. A slight bit of toasty, hoppy, bitterness is bitter in the finish and it balances out the maltiness very well. 


Overall - thing all brown ales are pretty much the same? Try this one, it is certainly worthy of all the accolades it has received. Face Down Brown Ale nails every dimension of the brown ale category and more. Rich, roasty, malty, and delicious. This is a very solid brew and one worth hunting down. 

Note - Telluride, Colorado receives over 300 inches of snow per year and is located at an altitude of close to 9,000'. Telluride Ski Resort is located in the nearby town of Mountain Village and features some of the best skiing/snowboarding in the state. 

   


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Face Down Brown Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Telluride Brewing Company
City: 
Telluride, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Magnum, Tettanger CTZ and Cascade
ABV: 5.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 19th, 2013

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Thursday, February 21 2013

Maduro Brown Ale
(Cigar City Brewing Company)

After reviewing Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA, the brewery's nod to the humble hop, we've decided to crack open a can of Maduro, their malt-laden brown ale. The name Maduro comes from the Spanish and as a reference to cigars it means strong and dark. The can design features a cigar wrapper and the brewery's trademark cigar band.

From the Cigar City site:

"Maduro is a Northern English-style brown ale with some American affectations. Maduro is higher in alcohol than the common English brown ale and features flaked oats in the malt bill which imparts a silky body and works to mesh the roasted, toasted and chocolate components together in Maduro's complex malt profile. The end result is a remarkably full-flavored yet approachable and sessionable brown ale that pairs well with mild to medium cigars."

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark, rich, and inviting. A deep shade of brown with almost an inch of coffee-colored head on top. 


Aroma - heavenly heaps of dark roasted malt, espresso, and cocoa. There are faint hints of vanilla, some nuttiness, and caramel/toffee. If you're a fan of aromatic malty brews than this should please your olfactory glands.


Taste -  that first sip is a combination of bitter coffee and an immediate wave of malty sweetness, dark chocolate, coffee with milk and sugar, and hazelnut. Super smooth on the palate with a rich, creamy, sweet finish. 

 

Overall - an extremely well put together brown ale. Sometimes this style can be lost in the shuffle but such a solid example such as this one is not to be missed. A great beer for those who love darker beers or those needing to mix things up after a prolonged obsession with all things hoppy. 

 

Note - in the coming months Cigar City will be canning five additional beers and will also be giving their Maduro Brown Ale cans a new look. 

 

     
The new Maduro Brown Ale can is on the right



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Style: English Brown Ale
Brewery: Cigar City Brewing Company
City: 
Tampa, Florida  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 14
Date: February 21st, 2013

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Thursday, July 12th 2012

Kodiak Brown Ale
(Midnight Sun Brewing Company)

Last summer Alaska's Midnight Sun Brewing released their Sockeye Red IPA in cans. This summer they added their Kodiak Brown Ale and Snowshoe White Ale to their canned lineup. A big thank you goes out to Jim up in Anchorage for getting some super fresh Midnight Sun cans in our hands. Cheers!

From the Midnight Sun site:

"Rugged yet smooth, Kodiak Brown Ale balances caramel and roasted malts with enticing Northwest hops. Perle and Willamette hops accent without overpowering this American brown ale's intrepid maltiness. The result is uniquely delicious.

Inspired by the adventurous spirit readily found in Alaska, Kodiak Brown Ale invites you to take the road less traveled. Kodiak has remained one of our most popular beers since we first fired up the brew kettle in 1995, proving that Alaskans are not afraid of the dark"

Here we go...

Pour - dark brown in appearance with some flashes of red and orange in the light. A coffee-colored head forms about a half inch above the liquid line. Things are looking good! 

 

Aroma - big whiffs of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, chocolate milk and some nuttiness. Nice and aromatic which leads one to assume that some of those smells will translate well in the taste department.

 

Taste - like a good cup of coffee, the first sip of Kodiak Brown Ale comforts you and tells you that you're in for something good. Loads of roasted malty flavors meld with espresso and rich cocoa. There are hints of citrus from the hops which might be a sign of how fresh these cans are. All the components are there making one excellent beer.

 

Overall - in a world where most craft breweries brew a brown ale we can honestly say that this is one of the better ones. Full-bodied and flavorful this one stands out among the masses. For now cans are only available in Alaska - lucky Alaskans - but hopefully wider distribution will happen in the future. 

 

Note - the Kodiak brown bear is the largest of the brown bear species. They live on the chain of islands that make up the Kodiak Archipelago in southwestern Alaska. Kodiak bears have been genetically isolated for at least 10,000 years and there is very little genetic diversity within the population. The largest Kodiak on record weighed close to 1,700 lbs and died in a Colorado zoo in the 1950's. In the bear family, only the polar bear can grow to be bigger than a Kodiak brown bear. 

 



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Style: America Brown Ale
Brewery: Midnight Sun Brewing Company
City: 
Anchorage, Alaska  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 24
Date: July 12th, 2012

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Tuesday, September 6th 2011

Over Ale
(Half Acre Beer Company)

Half Acre’s third canned brew arrived in February 2011 in the form of Over Ale. It’s fair to say their other two canned beers Gossamer Golden Ale and Daisy Cutter Pale Ale – are pretty much adored by the Craft Cans team, so our expectations are calibrated to “very high” for this one.    

From the Half Acre site:

"This brown beer is brewed with six varieties of malted barley and balanced with three generous hop additions. You'll find a big malt body with bitter bones. Enjoy this beer."

 


the canning line at Half Acre

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - deep, dark brown color with a big but loose tan head on the top.  Lacing was minimal as the head broke down fairly quickly.

 

Aroma - bready, almost earthy malt with a little molasses and toffee sweetness.  Just a touch of alcohol perks up the sinuses, which is surprising for a 6% brown ale.  

 

Taste - caramel malt sweetness takes center stage with each sip and is followed by some fig-like sweetness before the bittering hops dash across the palate.  Some brown sugar and light maple syrup sweetness lingered for a while between sips.  There’s quite a bit going on here. 

 


Half Acre Beer Company

 

Overall - a pretty complex and very enjoyable brown ale.  If you chug this one cold you’ll miss a lot.  The interplay between the different malts works well, and the different sweet tastes kept it interesting down to the bottom of the glass.  If you can’t quite pin down all the flavors you won’t be alone, but the words running across the top of the can seem to give us an out:  “Quite possibly exactly what you think it is.” 

 

Note - Half Acre may be the quintessential neighborhood craft brewery.  It takes up less than a quarter of a block in a Chicago neighborhood, has a small retail area with two taps to fill your growler on your way home, and a cooler from which you can snare a couple pint cans to smuggle on to the golf course.   

 

      

 


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Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company
City: 
Chicago, Illinois  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: September 6th, 2011

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Sunday, August 14th 2011

2012 Black Ale
(Stevens Point Brewery)

 

The newest canned offering from the folks at Point. 2012 Black Ale was previously only available on tap and in bottles. 2012 makes reference to the forecasted end of days according to the Mayan calendar. What better way to enjoy such an uplifting event than by enjoying a few beers? Cheers!

 

From the Point site:

 

"Thousands of years ago the ancient Mayans of Central America developed a "Long-Count" round calendar that ends ominously on December 21, 2012.  Some predict this symbolizes the end of time as we know it.  Inspired by this mystery, we offer Point 2012 Black Ale to help contemplate this 'end of time' or perhaps a 'new beginning.'  Dark rich roasty and complex, Point 2012 Black Ale is hand-crafted with Pale, Munich, and Roasted Malts with Cluster, Saaz, and Cascade hops for the robust flavor and finish.  Enjoy -- while there's still time."

 

Here we go...


Pour - dark as pitch with only some hints at ruby red when the light hits it just right. A rather big coffee-colored head sits atop this pour and dwindles away to just a ring. Dark and mysterious.


Aroma - coffee with lots of sugar, caramel, molasses, cocoa powder and chocolate cake batter.

 

Taste - roasty and toasty with a sweet and tangy finish that reminds me of bread dough a bit. Fairly light bodied despite it's appearance. This actually quite a refreshing beer with a nice malt profile, little to no hop presence and rather light carbonation. 

 

Overall - this beer is more like a stout in some ways than a brown ale. It's got a lot more roasty flavors and an almost dry, espresso-like finish without the sweetness a brown ale usually brings. If there was an actual "Black Ale" style category this would fit nicely into it! 

 

Would I buy more of it? - possibly. Although I'm not within their distribution range. This is a nice beer, nothing too fancy but solid. If you like dark beers with a lot of flavor but not too heavy this is a good one. 

 

Note - With the recent announcement that Point will be canning their Oktoberfest this fall, this will make six canned offerings from the Wisconsin brewery. They also can their Cascade Pale Ale, Nude Beach Summer Wheat, Point Amber Classic, Point Special Lager and of course their 2012 Black Ale

 

     


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2012 Black Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Stevens Point Brewery
City: 
Stevens Point, Wisconsin  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Munich, and Roasted Malts
Hops: Cluster, Saaz, and Cascade
ABV: 4.6%
IBUs: 9
Date: August 14th, 2011

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Thursday, March 31st 2011

Upslope Brown Ale
(Upslope Brewing Company)

Upslope's Brown Ale is the newest of their three canned offerings. It was first released in canned-format this past November and joins their previously released IPA and Pale Ale. As a malt-laden brew the Brown Ale rounds out the trip quite nicely. I look forward to their next release as well, whatever that might be!

From the Upslope Brewing site:

 

"Upslope Brown Ale. It’s an English-style Brown Ale with an American twist in that its sweet roasted-malt base is offset by a pronounced hop bitterness and higher alcohol content."


Here we go...

 

Pour - dark, dark amber in appearance. This is a very rich looking brown ale with a rather thin head that fades to a film of off-white.


Aroma - wow. Lots of big malty aromas coming from this brew. Some very pleasing smells of coffee, cocoa and malted milk balls. If I didn't know better I'd think this might be a coffee stout!

 

Taste - a malt-ensive wave of sweetness slams my taste buds and carries with it dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, Tootsie rolls, dark rye bread and some biscuity flavors. This is a serious brown ale and a great candidate for those that have found brown ales to be rather lacking. Upslope has beefed this style up and really packed this beer with roasty/toasty flavors. Maltheads rejoice and for you hopheads this is one you wont want to pass up. 

 

Overall -  robust is the best one word description of this brown ale. Usually I am underwhelmed by most brown ales but this one has some "oomph". Nice bitter roasty flavors from beginning to end and a few ticks higher on the ABV scale to boot. One of the better brown ales we've come across.

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I'd be a repeat offender with this one for sure. I'm definitely sad to see my last can go but hopefully I'll be able to source out some others in the near future!

 

Note - according to the can Upslope Brown Ale is brewed with the addition of brown sugar. That could surely account for the sweetness and the higher alcohol percentage. 

 

   


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Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company
City: 
Boulder, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: March 31st, 2011

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Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Widow Maker Black Ale
(Keweenaw Brewing Company)

 

If you're ever up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula there are several things you need to do. One is eat a pasty. Two is spend some time outdoors. Three is have a few beers at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton as well as The Vierling in Marquette. 

 

From the Keweenaw Brewing site:

 

"Don't let it's looks deceive you. Clean and smooth, easy on the hops and easy on the palate; this light bodied ale has a surprising depth of malt flavors with pleasant hints of a smoky molasses."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark, dark brown with a big fluffy tan head. The head on this actually fades fairly quickly but the dark, dark color of this beer isn't going anywhere.

 

Aroma - dark roast coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, molasses, some dark fruits as well some faint hints of earthy hops.

 

Taste - roasty and tangy. There are a lot of the bold flavors that come with the dark malt but also a tangy zip of a finish that is dry and reminds me a bit of red wine. Its a nice balance between the roasty coffee ground and caramel flavors and this sort of vinous, earthy flavors. Very drinkable and certainly a nice beer to have with a meal or with dessert.

 

Overall - solid, dark yet light-bodied beer. What is a black ale anyways? What we've been calling a Black IPA is technically now called an American Black Ale yet this one is classified as a American Brown Ale. Anyways, regardless of what its called and what color it is, this is worthy of your glass.

 

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. Do they do a mixed pack?

 

Note - Keweenaw Brewing has just started canning and distributing their fifth beer which is called Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale. We need to get our hands on some of those.

 

Are you wondering what a "widow maker" is? Well, the can reads:

"The 'Widowmaker', a pneumatic drill that operated without benefit of water to lubricate the bit and cut the dust, was introduced to Copper County mining in the 1890's. While greatly improving productivity, the drill became known as the 'Widowmaker', killing many of the miners who used it from illnesses related to prolonged dust inhalation."



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Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Keweenaw Brewing Company
City: 
Houghton, Michigan  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: February 16th, 2011

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Saturday, January 21st 2011

Ellie's Brown Ale
(Avery Brewing Company)

Dogs are one of the greatest things about life. So is beer. Put them together and you've got a way into many a person's heart. Much like Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog Ale, Ellie's Brown is a tribute to a special dog that played a big part in the life of the brewery's owner. Cheers to you Ellie and to all the dogs out there that have left a mark on our lives. 

From the Avery site:

"This beautiful, deep russet brew has the sweet and somewhat nutty character of Adam Avery's late (1992-2002) Chocolate Lab, for which it is named. Crystal and chocolate malts give this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that's second to none, just like Ellie!"

Here we go...

 

Pour - as far as brown ales go this one is on the deeper, darker end of the spectrum. Very, very dark brown with some shades of red popping up when held to the light. The foamy, bubbly head is mocha-esque in color. Looks like a nice malty treat.

 

Aroma - brown bread dough, coffee, Oreo pie crust and plenty of delicious malty sweetness. The smell is definitely inviting. Must...drink...this...beer!

 

Taste - ahhh, delicious malty goodness. Plenty of flavor has been packed into this easy to enjoy brew. Besides the solid malt profile you'll find some dark coffee flavors and bitter chocolate as well as dark molasses and brown toast. Put it altogether and you'll find a smile on your face.

 

Overall - one of the better brown ales I've had that is for sure. Everything hits its mark and this one just tastes great and leaves you wanting to crack open another can as you finish that final little drop at the bottom of your glass. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - I definitely would, although my wife would probably drink it before I did. She loves brown ales and she loves dogs.

 

Note - Avery currently cans four of their beers. If you're lucky enough to live where they distribute them you should be on the look out for their IPA, Joe's Premium American Pilsner, White Rascal and of course their Ellie's Brown Ale.

 


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Ellie's Brown Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company
City: 
Boulder, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row barley, chocolate, Munich 10L, caramel 120L
Hops: Bullion, Fuggles
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 17
Date: January 22nd, 2011

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Sunday, July 18th 2010

Lift Bridge Brown Ale
(Keweenaw Brewing Company)

My second can from the good folks located on the Keweenaw (pronounced KEY-wuh-naw) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Keweenaw is well known for its massive amount of annual snowfall and great outdoor activities. If you ever get the chance to travel to this amazing place be sure to stop in for a pint at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton. 

 

From the Keweenaw Brewing site:

 

"Reportedly the widest and heaviest double-decked lift bridge in the world, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock here in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. So get a lift from this American Brown Ale; a rich, dark brown color, complex malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel and a mild hop finish."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark auburn, brown and somewhat murky in appearance. Fairly large head stands atop this hearty looking brew.

 

Aroma - lots of sweet brown sugar, caramel and dense malt aromas. Some hints at orange or citrus along with a little vanilla.

 

Taste - lots of sweetness up front, a little like a Twix bar on the tongue but this is met with a nice hop bite that was a little unexpected. Things get balanced out quickly and this turns into a very delicious brown ale. Plenty of flavor packed into this beer and yet it still pretty light tasting. A nice surprise from the good people in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)!

 

Overall - tasty brown ale. Lots of flavor yet balanced and drinkable to the max. This screams session ale and campfire. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - totally. I really need to round out things and find a way to get my hands on their Blonde and Black Ales. 

 

Note - Keweenaw Brewing is canning four of their beers. Along with Red Jacket Amber Ale you'll also find Lift Bridge Brown Ale, Pick Axe Blonde Ale and now Widowmaker Black Ale all in cans. 

 


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Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Keweenaw Brewing Company
City: 
Houghton, Michigan  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: July 18th, 2010

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Monday, May 3rd 2010

Bender
(Surly Brewing Company)

Over the years I've slowly become a fan of super session-able Brown Ales. It took me awhile to ween myself off of all the super hoppy IPAs but now I can honestly say that I can appreciate most any style of beer (except maybe fruity wheat beers) and there is definitely a place in my heart of the American Brown Ale. 

From the Surly site:

"Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, caramel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction."

Here we go...

Pour - dark, dark brown with a big fluffy batter-like head that leaves a nice amount of lacing inside the glass. When held to the light this has some great reddish-auburn highlights and looks super clean.

 

Aroma - caramel, molasses, vanilla, cocoa with some toasted brown bread and yeasty characteristics. I think this smells great and all those aromas are preserved very well by that pint-sized can!

 

Taste - toasty malty, sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors on the tongue, some vanilla extract and cocoa powder like in the aroma and an overall easy drinking and well-balanced taste. There is some subtle hop flavors in the finish that really make this a beer that will disappear quickly from your cooler or fridge on a nice day (or a not-so-nice day for that matter). Love it.

 

Overall - Personally I find Bender to be a very satisfying and tasty session-able Brown Ale. Its got a great balance of hops and malt and leaves me happy but wanting more. Great job on yet another brew by the folks at Surly. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a beer my wife and I agree on and its perfect for those afternoons in the yard or just about anytime when you just want to relax with a beer. 

 

Note - Surly also brews a "Coffee Bender" which is their Bender brewed with the addition of high-quality coffee brewed using "a cold extraction process that results in intense coffee aromatics and flavor bringing together two of our favorite beverages."




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Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Surly Brewing Company
City: 
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Pale Ale, Aromatic, Medium Crystal, Dark Crystal, Oats and Chocolate
Hops: Columbus and Willamette
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 45
Date: May 3rd, 2010

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Monday, April 23rd 2010

Moose Drool Brown Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)

Big Sky Brewing started canning their Moose Drool Brown Ale and Montana Trout Slayer Ale in March of 2009. In a state well known for its outdoor activities it only mad sense to offer good beer in an easily portable container. Cheers Big Sky! 

From the Big Sky site:

"That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana."

Here we go...

Pour - nice dark auburn and/or brown color with a good couple inches of off-white foamy head on top. 

 

Aroma - lots of dark malty goodness comes with the first whiff. This smells just like sticking your head in the brew kettle. There are some coffee aromas as well as plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar. This smells delicious.

 

Taste - very malt-astic. This is the type of brown ale that I really enjoy. Plenty of sweetness but its not cloying, just a lot of actual malt flavor. Moose Drool has some nice dark coffee notes along with vanilla, raisin, raw sugar and caramel flavors. Great balance and amazing drinkability. Sad to say I only had one can of this. Sigh.

 

Overall - great brown ale. Lots of malt flavor but not too sweet or too boring. If you've got access to this beer then definitely give it a go. There aren't too many brown ales in cans right now and this one is definitely not one to pass over.

 

Would I buy more of it? - this would definitely be my go to brown ale in a can. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having a six-pack in the fridge from time to time.

 

Note - Why the name Moose Drool? 

 

"When we first starting looking at naming our beers, we knew that we wanted to use Montana critters as our theme. We had Bjorn’s Mom Jane doing artwork for us and we told her to paint a bear, a moose, a marmot, a buffalo, a fox, a mountain goat, etc. Then we would look at the paintings and try to come up with memorable names to go with the images. The most famous of our brands, Moose Drool, came out of that process. Bjorn and Brad were looking at Jane’s painting of a moose lifting his head from a pond with water streaming off of his muzzle. Neal walked past, and seeing the painting for the first time immediately suggested “it’s a moose, he’s drooling, let’s call it moose drool.” Bjorn and Brad loved the name which Neal immediately began backpedaling on worrying that it would be seen as distasteful to too many folks. Obviously, most beer drinkers love the name and the beer that goes with it! Recently we’ve backed off of the animal theme since so many breweries produce “critter beers,” but you never know what we will come up with next." - Big Sky website



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Moose Drool Brown Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
City: 
Missoula, Montana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, and Whole Black malts
Hops: Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 23rd, 2010

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Friday, March 5th 2010

Coffee Bender
(Surly Brewing Company)

The first coffee beer to be canned. Surly certainly has done its share to rid the world of canned beer phobia, especially by being the first to can numerous different styles. Once you open a can of this, or any of their other beers, you are well aware that you have something special in your midsts and it should be taken seriously. 

From the Surly site:

"Coffee Bender refreshes like an iced-coffee, is aromatic as a bag of whole beans as satisfies like your favorite beer. The Surly brew team has developed a cold extraction process that results in intense coffee aromatics and flavor bringing together two of our favorite beverages. Your only dilemma will be whether to finish your day or start it with a Coffee Bender. "

Here we go...

Pour - out of the can this floods my glass and settles as a reddish brown color with a big, thick, off-white foamy head. Looks like a nice beer right out of the can. 


Aroma - wow. Once you pop that tab it smells like you cracked one of those little Doubleshots from Starbucks. The smell is that of super fresh roasted coffee and can easily be detected from across a room. Hay-soos! Coffee galore when it comes to the aroma, not much else to say. Hooray for coffee!


Taste - a big wave of bitter, dark-roasted coffee heaven takes center stage followed by some sweet malt and some tangy flavors. This is a very solid brown ale mixed with some ridiculously fresh (and quality) tasting coffee. 


Overall - I had this once before and wasn't all that impressed. For some reason the second time around is a totally different experience. Maybe Surly changed things? Maybe this can was fresher? Who knows. All I know is that the coffee flavor in this beer is intense and makes for one hell of a great tasting beer. 


Note - The coffee used to brew this beer is Guatemalan Finca Vista Hermosa Full City Roast (which is a roast level) by Coffee and Tea Ltd.

 




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Coffee Bender
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Surly Brewing Company
City: 
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Pale Ale, Aromatic, Medium Crystal, Dark Crystal, Oats and Chocolate
Hops: Columbus and Willamette
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 45
Date: March 5th, 2010

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