Archive for the ‘Brown Ale’ Category


Day #362 – Saint Arnold Brown Ale

December 29, 2011

Wow. Day #362. I am so close it is crazy! Got yet another Texas beer on the menu for today, and it’s funny that I am finishing up this week with lots of Texas beers that are available year round here. I’m always shocked when I haven’t reviewed these beers yet for my blog, it’s just that I always see them so I always pass them up in lieu of something else. Glad I’m getting around to them now.

Saint Arnold Brown Ale


This is one of the year-round offerings from Saint Arnold. It is a Brown Ale at 5.3%.

This beer pours a very clear dark orange color with lots of carbonation. The carbonation forms a nice layer of white head at the top of the glass. I am using one of my favorite Saint Arnold glasses today as well.

The aroma is strong malts with a slight edge of toasted nuts/roasted grain and a finish of hops. Basically a solid blend of what goes into a beer!

The flavor is pretty tasty. I pick up the heavy malted backbone first with a nice edge of sweetness. The hop bitterness comes in near the finish to round things out. This is a solid brew and it’s unfortunate I have not drank more of this. This could EASILY be a regular 6-pack drinker.


4 to go…(including this one I guess I should mention)



Day #358 – Real Ale Brewhouse Brown Ale

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!! As it’s Christmas I am spending all day with my family. This will be a quick post.

Real Ale Brewhouse Brown Ale


Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing in Blanco, TX. 5.4% ABV.

This beer pours a reddish brown color with a foamy tan head. Almost a ruby color.

Light roasted aroma. Very light though. Some nuts and roasted malt nose.

Light watery mouthfeel. Taste is roasted malts and nuts, with a slight dryness. Has the metallic flavor of a German pilsner. This has never been one of my favorites which is probably why I have put it off for so long.


8 to go…


Day #310 – SKA Buster Nut Brown

November 7, 2011

SKA Buster Nut Brown


This is a brand new beer from SKA Brewing out of Durango, Colorado. This is a Brown Ale with an ABV of 5.15%.

This beer pours a clear brown color which is a dark brown with touches of red. The head is tan and foamy.

Aroma is caramel sweetness with a nutty nose. Slight roast and bitter. A decent nose.

Flavor is a dry nutty taste with a roasty finish. A bit too dry I would say.




Day #279 – Rogue HazelNut Brown Nectar

October 7, 2011

Tonight was quite the eventful night for me. I went out to an outdoors concert in near southside Fort Worth, which was free, and then walked to a nearby brewpub that literally JUST opened on Saturday. They are so new in fact that they have yet to start brewing or even cooking their own food! It’s more like a soft opening I suppose. It’s called Zio Carlo and I could see myself making this a regular stop every week. They were a bit busy this night and I kind of felt neglected by the staff for a bit but whatever. They’re still learning.


Anyways they had a few things on tap so I will review a beer that I tried here tonight. I’ll save the Samuel Adams for tomorrow night. 🙂

Rogue HazelNut Brown Nectar

This is a brown ale from Rogue that started as a winter seasonal but I believe turned into a year round production. 6%.

Clear dark ruby pour mixed with heavy brown hues with a small amount of head.

Smells of homebrew sludge, light hops and brown malts. Sweet tea aromas also with a leafy quality. I’d say there is quite a bit of winter spice mixed in with this as well.

Taste is dry leaves with a teabag type characteristic. Slightly Medicinal with a large essence of vanilla? Odd but I’ll go with it. Nuts on the finish. Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not bad but certainly has a unique quality to it.


As far as the venue, I’ll reserve my judgement for when they are running at max capacity. They were out of several beers, had no popcorn to offer and the pretzels were stale. The lady behind the bar (who I suspect was a part-owner) paid me absolutely no attention when I wanted a beer. I asked to meet the owner and he never came over. Judging on this night only it bombs, but I will come back when they actually have something to offer and will review for real.



Day #257 – Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

September 15, 2011

It’s 73 degrees in Texas!!! Holy crap!!! I spent the evening actually WATCHING a Rangers game and they completed the sweep of Cleveland. Shooting for the playoffs now.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale


This is Sierra Nevada’s Autumn seasonal. It is a brown ale at 5.5%. Easy enough right?

This beer pours a clear dark brownish color that turns a lovely shade of red in the light. I love the look of these brown ales. Nice tan type head.

Aroma is roasted notes, dark chocolate, malts and grains with a bready quality to it as well. Definitely reminds me of a brisk Autumn night.

Flavor is roasted bitter, dark malts and almost coffee but not quite. Bitter chocolate with a very bready finish. Robust I would say.




Day #253 – Santa Fe Nut Brown Ale

September 11, 2011

Today was a very surreal day. It was the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. I remember exactly where I was that day when it happened, and I don’t think that will be something I ever forget. I attended a memorial service tonight that was tear-jerking. Thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones on that fateful day.

Santa Fe Nut Brown Ale


This beer is from Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is their brown ale at 5.2%. Even though it says “nut” in the name, I don’t think this was brewed with any actual nuts. Nuts! (sorry that was corny.)

This beer pours a clear dark brown color that turns orange when held to the light. Big foamy beige colored head forms up top.

The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, some nutty notes and crisp autumn evenings. Nice smell.

The flavor is dark roast, caramel malts, toasted notes and lightly bittered malts. Finishes roasted and malty.




Day #97 – Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale

April 8, 2011

Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale

Tommyknocker Brewery is located in Idaho Springs, Colorado. They distribute several things to our area; the Maple Nut Brown being one of them.

It’s classified as a Brown Ale at 4.5% and it’s brewed with real maple syrup. This could fair well in a beer, if done right. Let’s hope for the best!


This beer pours a very clear pretty reddish color with touches of brown. It is very attractive to look at. Also has a nice white head that disappears pretty quickly.

Kind of a faint aroma; really not much there at all. Mix of malts and a bit of maple sweetness. Light syrup. Slight hints of steamed veggies too, which is not a good sign.

Flavor is lots of caramel malts and light brown sugar. Finish is a bit of dry malts and slight bitterness. The flavor is… I don’t know. I’m just really not feeling it. The maple sweetness has some sort of an odd flavor along with it that reminds me of the steamed veggies again. I’m going to venture a guess that this is a bad bottle, as vegetables can often be a sign of flaws.


As it warms up however, the vegetable flavor dissipates and it now reminds me of a horehound drop.  Look it up if you don’t know.