Shiner Trail Ale

This beer from Shiner, Texas, is a brown ale with chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit. This ale is brewed by Shiner beer in the Spoetzl Brewery. This beer was sent to me by KLG Public Relations. This ale is a relatively new beer from Shiner. This ale pours a deep brown color with a two-finger foamy beige head that slowly dissolves. The aroma is sweet, chocolaty, and nutty. The flavor is similar to its scent. With chocolaty sweetness, and nutty notes, it’s also salty, and there’s a bit of cherry. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller. Then this brown ale finishes with a nutty and semi-chocolaty flavor. Then you come to an aftertaste of salty, nutty chocolate flavors. This beer is interesting to me. I give Trail Ale. B-. All the flavors lean on the lighter side, and I think a brown ale shouldn’t, especially one with a nutty chocolate flavor. But that’s all I really can say negatively about this Shiner beer. I would recommend trying it. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Birdsong Brewing Co. Lazy Bird Brown Ale

Here we have Lazy Bird Brown Ale, 5.5% ABV from Birdsong Brewing Co. This is one of their core offerings and is brewed right here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This brown ale is brewed with Two Row, Caramel 60L, Victory, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, and Red Wheat malts. It is also brewed with Columbus, Galena, Cascade, and Willamette hops. This ale pours a deep brown color with a three-and-a-half finger beige head. The head dissipates slowly leaving behind a beige bubble of lacing. The aroma is caramel, sweet, roasted malt, coffee, and tiny hop notes. The taste is sweet, caramel, with lite hoppy notes, roasted malts, and chocolate coffee. The mouthfeel is on the full side. Then it finishes with a hoppy roasted chocolate note with a hint of roasted malts. Then you get a nice caramel sweet hoppy finish. This is one of my favorite local beers. I give Birdsong Brewing Co. lazy Bird Brown Ale an A+. It is a get craft brown ale. I highly recommend this. It has all the great brown ale flavors with a lite citrus hop to it to make it interesting and tasty. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Armored Cow Brewing Bitchin’ Betty Brown Ale

I found a new brewery the other day while at Total Wine. This Bitchin’ Betty Brown Ale, 5.4% ABV, is from Armored Cow Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina. This brown ale has chocolate and honey malts in it. This ale pours a dark brown with a tow and a half finger beige, khaki head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is a little sweet and has an aroma of malty flavors. It has a creaminess. The taste is chocolaty and creamy with a malted backbone. There is a bit of a roasted note as well. It has a light to medium mouthfeel for a brown ale. Then this ale finishes with a creamy roasted cocoa flavor. The aftertaste is short with a chocolate malt flavor. I have had better brown ales, and I think Armored Cow Brewing Bitchin’ Betty Brown Ale is a C+. The overall flavor just slowly tickles your taste buds with a minimal flavor. It is average for a brown ale, and I might have this again, but I wouldn’t try this, but it will not be a terrible experience if you do. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Chocolate Caramels Brown Ale

This beer sounds like an interesting take on a brown ale. This beer is from Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. in CharlestonSouth Carolina. This ale is Chocolate Caramels Brown Ale, 5.8% ABV. This ale has chocolate, vanilla, and lactose. This ale pours an amber light brown color with a two-finger light beige head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is sweet, and there is a roast aroma with chocolate and caramel. The taste is smooth, roasted, sweet with light vanilla and chocolate. I think the chocolate, vanilla, and lactose give a caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is medium. This brown ale then finishes smooth with a caramel chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is sweet but not as sweet as your first sip. It has a Rolo candy-like aftertaste. Edmund’s Oast Chocolate Caramel Brown Ale is a B+. This ale is starting to slip away from a brown ale-style beer and onto another style. It’s not a terrible beer, and it has some brown ale qualities. I would go back for another. I don’t think it’s quite a brown ale. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Samuel Smith Old Brewery Nut Brown Ale

I have had Samual Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, 5% ABV many times. I’ve even had it in London, England. It hales from Tadcaster, York, England. This beer isn’t that expensive for an imported beer either. It’s usually under five dollars. I purchased this ale from my local grocery store. This nut brown ale pours brown color with a light beige three-finger head of cream. The aroma is nut and malty, with a bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor is creamy, nutty, sweet with malty flavors. The mouthfeel is medium. This ale then finishes smooth creamy with a nice caramel nuttiness. The aftertaste is creamy sweat with a malt flavor. Every time I have this, I am pleased to be drinking it. The beer flavor is well-balanced and smooth. I say Samual Smith’s Nut Brown Ale is an A+. I highly recommend Samual Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. If you haven’t had this beer or any of Samuel Smith’s beers, then you are missing out! I could have three pints of this or more without getting tired of the flavors. It is a prime example of an English Brown Ale. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Comfy Armchair Brown Ale

I bought this beer yesterday while at my local Whole Foods. This ale is Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Comfy Armchair Brown Ale, 4.3% ABV. This beer is made down in Charleston, South Carolina. Now I am a fan of the brown ale style of beer. In my option, I think it is a good spot between a light-colored/flavor style of beer and something darker. It’s a good gateway beer for getting into dark beers, such as porters and stouts. This particular beer pours a brown color with a one-finger off-white/beige head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is nutty, malted, with sweetness. There also is some dried fruit. The flavor is malty, nutty with a bit of sweetness. It finishes with a nutty, slight raisin flavor. Then you get a bit of malty, nutty flavor in the aftertaste. This beer is good and tastes great. The flavors are on the lighter side you get in traditional English-made brown ales. Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Comfy Armchair Brown Ale get an A. There n too much out there that is better, a few. Samual Smith’s Brown Ale comes to mind that is just a little better than this. But I’m not saying that this is a bad brown ale. It’s good, and I recommend it! Please be kind =, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Divine Barrel Brewing Somehow I Manage Imperial Brown Ale

The seasons have changed, and now fall has come to winter. I’m seeing a little more fall/winter-style beers. This beer here, Divine Barrel Brewing Somehow I Manage Imperial Brown Ale, 8.1% ABV. This ale is made here in Charlotte, North Carolina, with toasted pecans, vanilla & maple syrup. It’s is going for a pecan pie-like taste. It pours a deep brown color with a one and half finger beige head. The aroma is nutty, sweet, and there is maple/molasses. The flavor is sticky sweet, roasted/nutty, cinnamon syrup, and biscuity. The mouthfeel is full. It coats your tongue nicely. Then it finishes like a slice of pecan pie. The aftertaste is nutty and semi-sweet with a syrup-like flavor. I found Divine Barrel Brewing Somehow I Manage Imperial Brown Ale to be a neat brown ale. It has decent brown ale qualities. I’d give this ale a B. A lot is going on in this beer. All flavors do come together, but not one-hundred percent together. It’s not a terr beer. It does feel more burly than it looks and tastes, which I find holds it back from a higher grade. I would have this again, but I would not have it right away. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar, 5.6% ABV with 33 IBUs is brewed with 2-Row, Munich, C15, C75, C120, Kiln Coffee, Brown Malts; Perle & Sterling Hops; Hazelnut Extract, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast. This beer has won many awards between 2017 to 2018, for the go check their website. This beer pours a brown color similar to a cola, like Pepsi, Coke, etc… with a sticky two-finger beige head, that is slow to disappear. The aroma is sweet, hazelnutty with roast coffee notes. Taste is pretty similar to the way it smells with sweet hazelnut flavors that slowly turn into a nice hazelnut coffee flavor that softly dances upon your tongue. The mouthfeel is medium. The is brown beer has a nice sweet finish with a light coffee note and a lingering of sweet hazelnut on the aftertaste. Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar blew my mind, and I enjoy it. So I give Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar an A+. This is a great take on a classic Brown Ale beer that has a delicious twist. If you aren’t into big porters or stouts then this is a good beer to have and ease yourself into those big sweet porters and/or stouts. I highly recommended Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Please kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly. Cheers!br

Bell’s Brewery Best Brown American Brown Ale

Bell’s Brewery Best Brown American Brown Ale, 5.8% purchased from The Butcher’s Market and is brewed in Comstock, Michigan, and brewed with American hops. Best Brown bridges the gap between lighter-bodied beer and malty stouts and is a good gateway into porters and stouts. Best Brown pours a brown caramel color with a big creamy, fluffy beige three finger head that very slowly dissipates, leaving some pretty lacing behind. The aroma is sweet with some caramel nutty notes with some decent coca & roasted maltiness. The flavor is similar to the nose, with caramel nutty flavor at first, then cocoa and roasted malts with a little hoppy note on the end, with an almost full mouthfeel that finishes with a sweet hoppy note and a nice semi-sweet roasted cocoa aftertaste that lingers a bit. This brown ale is easy to drink. I give Bell’s Brewery Best Brown American Brown Ale an A- just the little hop note at the end held it back an inch. Best Brown was otherwise a wonderful brown ale that you should try it is a good fall beer and not too heavy or high in alcohol. I would have Bell’s Brewery Best Brown American Brown Ale again soon. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

NoDa Brewing Company Chocolate + Peanut Butter Brown Ale


I found NoDa Brewing Company Peanut Butter + Chocolate Brown Ale, 5.4% ABV in a mixed four-pack at Reid’s Fine Foods, a local specialty food market. This Peanut Butter + Chocolate Brown Ale is part of a Girl Scout cookie inspired mixed pack, and this particular beer is brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Epiphany malt, and condited on peanuts. Peanut Butter + Chocolate Brown Ale pours a dark brown color with a four-finger beige head that gives you wafting of big peanuts/peanut butter aromas with earthy chocolate sweet notes. You take a sip and a flavor of peanut butter hits your tongue with nice sweetness on the middle of your tongue with an earthy chocolate note towards the back then it comes to a nice peanut butter finish with a similar aftertaste but with a faint chocolate dry note with a medium to barely full mouthfeel. NoDa Brewing Company Peanut Butter + Chocolate Brown Ale is not back, good in fact, and does taste like a peanut butter chocolate cookie. I give it an B+. It has a great peanut buttery flavor with just the right amount of chocolate for a good overall flavor. NoDa Brewing Company Peanut Butter + Chocolate Brown Ale is one that I recommend trying. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!