By Iron Chef Leftovers
Populuxe has made a name for itself by brewing beers that you normally would not find at other breweries and doing them well. Beersnob brown is no exception. Browns are an old English style described as such on Wikipedia:
Brown ale is a style of beer with a dark amber or brown color. The term was first used by London brewers in the late 17th century to describe their products, such as mild ale, though the term had a rather different meaning than it does today. 18th-century brown ales were lightly hopped and brewed from 100% brown malt.
Today there are brown ales made in several regions, most notably England, Belgium and America. Beers termed brown ale include sweet, low alcohol beers such as Manns Original Brown Ale, medium strength amber beers of moderate bitterness such as Newcastle Brown Ale, and malty but hoppy beers such as Sierra Nevada Brown Ale.
The beer clocks in at 5.1 abv.
Beersnob pours mahogany brown in color with pleasant notes of chocolate and roasted malt and very mild coffee notes. The beer starts off with significant malt with building complexity – yeast appears first before moving into the heavier flavors . Initially, roasted malt appears then dark chocolate and toffee before finally finishing off with black coffee without any real bitterness. Layered and complex, the beer has incredible balance and depth without being overly sweet or bitter at any point. Call me a beer snob, but this is as good a brown as I have had anywhere.
Populuxe Beer Snob Brown walks around with its nose in the air gathering a well-deserved 5 cicerones out of 5.