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Beer #31 – January 31, 2010: Troegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

January 31, 2010

Beer: Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

Brewery: Troegs Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA

Style: Brown Ale

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $8.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Mug

Strength: 4.4% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Full of flavor for what is typically a very mellow style, yet still as drinkable, if not more enjoyable, than other brown ales.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep, dark walnut-brown, almost black (far darker than other brown ales) with a big frothy cream-colored head.

Aroma: Malty and roasted, with a hint of earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin (though typical for this style) with moderate carbonation.

Taste: This one starts with a cola-nut sweetness, quickly moving into a big, chewy middle reminiscent of a nutty whole grain bread with notes of walnut.  A buttery, sweet and pecan flavor comes forward… the closest to a praline I’ve ever tasted in a beer.  Flavors of bitter peanut skin and earthy roasted grain finish this one off.

Pairing: As a traditional British style, I’d pair this one with a pasty.

Trivia: The term “mind your Ps and Qs” most likely has its origins in the beer world, specifically the British pub.  You see, bartenders would keep the tabs of their beer-drinking patrons by quantities: P for Pints, Q for Quarts.  It may have also been a reminder to the patrons to mind their beer consumption, to be sure they hadn’t had one too many pints or quarts of ale that evening.

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