Beer of the Weekend #539: Burly Brown

I received a tip at John’s that Burly Brown, brewed by the Stevens Point Brewing Company of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is damn good stuff. Needless to say, I have to find out for myself.

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium brown with a ruby hue. Two fingers of beige head left a patchy skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very malty and enticing. Toasted malts with perhaps a touch of smoked malt thrown in, caramel, toffee, hazelnut, brown sugar, a little molasses, and black cherry.

Taste: Much nuttier than the smell leads on. It is also pretty sweet — which is not a bad thing, of course. Hazelnut predominates but is balanced well by caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and syrupy black cherry. There is also a very slight hint of smoked malt, too.

Drinkability: Nice and malty. This is tasty and drinkable stuff!

Fun facts about Burly Brown:

-Style: Point refers to it as an “American Brown Ale.”

-Price: $5.99/sixer at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

-Alcohol content: 5.43 percent ABV.

-Description from the brewery website:

Point Burly Brown American Brown Ale is a complex blend of select roasted malts balanced with American grown Willamette and Northern Brewer hops from the Yakima Valley. Beginning with a fresh malt bouquet heightened by the nutty scent of rich toasted chocolate malts, this burly American Brown Ale embraces notes of nut and caramel with easy drinking pleasure. This exceptionally smooth ale finishes clean with the perfect amount of lingering malt flavors helping you appreciate the American craftsmanship that pours into every glass.

-Also listed on the website are the calories (158), carbs (16.9 grams), fat (<0.25 grams), and protein (1.53 grams) per 12-ounce bottle. Kudos to Point for being thorough! I have seen calories listed for other beers, but never carbs, fat, and protein.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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