Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale – New Belgium Brewing, 6.25% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


on the front-right label:

When two B Corps come together, delicious ideas are created. Our mutual dedication to using business as a force for good means you get to enjoy this brown ale laden with chcolaty, salted-caramel, vanilla goodness while helping Protect Our Winters combate climate chagne. Dig in!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – salted caramel brownie) Brown Ale
  • Taste: Artificial sweet nutmeg toffee barley malt
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Visual: Pours dark brown without much of a head, ringed retention with an island, a few slow singular streams.

Nose: sweet caramel barley malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tingly, overly sweet malt impression

Mid-palate: artificial biscuity, plain barley malt, cloying (lvl-9-sweetness),

Finish: nutmeg, residual excess sweetness

Summary: Way too cloying sweet with a non-appealing artificial brownie flavour that ruins the overall experience. Not in the least like salted caramel and certainly nothing like a brownie. Not recommended. The worst I’ve had from New Belgium to date.

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA, USA) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [B, downgraded from B+],  I gave it a (3.5 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 6.8% ABV –16 fl.oz., (Santa Cruz, California, USA)


printed on the back of the can:

“Inspired by late night stories around the fire, this IPA is dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops for a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour and crisp, citrusy undertow like no other. And in case you see a little haze and sediment, that’s a good thing, and totally natural – a result of our pure, unfiltered brewing process.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Bacon) Brown Ale
  • Taste: Creamy bright sweet tangy alcoholic light savoury brown sugar barley malt
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $5 CAD – 473ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yup

(initial  December 2013 tasting)

Visual: Comes in an aluminum tall can like all their other brews. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting creamy head, lacing, and lots active streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, but just a hint of smokiness. (2)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming acidic caramel malts, fizzy/creamy

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, brown sugar

Finish: (6)-sourness, (2)-mild meaty saltiness, (5)-hoppy bitterness.

Summary: A decent drinkable brew but it doesn’t have much bacon flavour that it advertises. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)


 

April 4, 2016 Tasting:

Visual: Pours muddy brown, 1cm super foamy stick head, very active singular micro streams.

Nose: bright sweet brown sugar toffee malt, caramel apple (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-cream/fizzy

Mid-palate: toasted brown sugar malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), alcoholic toffee malt, tangy-light sour

Finish: subtle smoky exhale, residual sweet malts

Summary: Quite an enjoyable toasted malty brew with a hint of savory twist. Like my initial review, not a whole lot of distinct bacon flavour.

Reunion – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Co & Terrapin Beer Co Collaboration

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Reunion Ale ’11 – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)

“Dark imperial ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili pepper


on the front-left label:

Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the first time, Shmaltz Brewing joins the tribe as a production partner for Reunion ’11. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture – Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.  Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers – Pete & Alan

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  • Style: (flavoured brown ale – cocoa nibs, vanilla, chili) Spiced Beer
  • Taste: Cocoa nib roasted sweet caramel barley malt vanilla mild chili heat dark chocolate
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, but alas it’s too late

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark brown with a smallish lasting 2mm foamy head, clusters of fast activity.

Nose: cocoa nib, background barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thick, smooth bite

Mid-palate: background light acidity, roasted cocoa nib nutty, (lvl-7-sweetness), caramel brown sugar barley malt, vanilla, licorice

Finish: subtle chili heat, bitter dark chocolate exhale, residual caramelized barley malt sweetness, subtle hops.

Summary: Lots of flavours going on working in unison for a delicious cause. Interesting taste profile thought just a tad sweet. Very nice.

Uganda Sipi Coffee Brown Ale – Bridge Brewing (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Uganda Sipi Coffee Brown Ale – Bridge Brewing, 6.1% ABV – 28 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

printed on the front-right label:

“This is a smooth, rich, and malty brown ale brewed with the addition of Organic Uganda Sipi Falls Coffee roasted by our good friends at Moja Coffee. Coffee beans were added after fermentation, leading to soft and fruity coffee aromas. The roasty character of this beer and the dark berry and spice notes of the hops used play well together, making this a great beer as the weather slowly turns.”

Ingredients: North Shore Water, Bramling Cross Hops, Galena Hops, Brewer’s Gold Hops, Nugget Hops, Canadian Pale Malt, Oat Malt, Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt, Victory Malt, Yeast, Organic Uganda Sipi Falls Coffee.

  • Style: (Coffee) Flavoured Brown Ale
  • Taste: Malty deep roasted coffee acidic brown sugar cola
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.25 (after 7.5% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not search-worthy

Visual: Pours dark chestnut brown with a small head, 1mm layer of fine retention, clusters upon clusters of fast streams.

Nose: aromatic roasted coffee malts (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy, airy, incoming roast

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) big roast coffee bittersweet, cola, brown sugar malts -> coffee acidic sourness

Finish: chocolate exhale, lingering roast malt finish.

Summary: Lots of roast, burnt almost, but a partially thin body with only fizziness for mouthfeel. Decent flavours, quite drinkable.

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 6.8% ABV –16 fl.oz., (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

On the front-side of the can:

“It’s a simple fact of life: bacon makes everything better. From eggs to ice cream, delicious bacon is turning up just about everywhere, Our uncommon contribution to this cured pork renaissance is the Bacon Brown Ale. This is a West Coast Nut Brown Ale brewed with toasted buckwheat and a generous serving of bacon-cured pork.”

  • Style: (bacon, buckwheat) Flavoured Brown Ale
  • Taste: acidic fizzy/creamy -> roasted caramel malts/brown sugar -> sour/salty/bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 16 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not highly

Visual: Comes in an aluminum tall can like all their other brews. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting creamy head, lacing, and lots active streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, but just a hint of smokiness. (2)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming acidic caramel malts, fizzy/creamy

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, brown sugar

Finish: (6)-sourness, (2)-mild meaty saltiness, (5)-hoppy bitterness.

Summary: A decent drinkable brew but it doesn’t have much bacon flavour that it advertises. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)