The NOLA Brown is labeled a "Brown" but stylistically they call it an English Dark Mild Ale, which is a fancy way of saying it uses English malts, it's dark in color, it's not too strong, and it's an ale! In fact it's only 4% abv on average so this one is really coming in on the low side for craft beers and that's also one of the more appealing aspects of the brew. It's even the #20 ranked English Dark Mild Ale on BeerAdvocate, so that's pretty cool! Sessionable local beer in a can? Hell yeah if you ask me... but on to the review:
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (BiteandBooze.com), Charles Pierce (Me And My Big Mouth podcast), Brenton Day (The Ale Runner.com), and Ross Marcotte.
Serving: 12 oz. can.
Appearance: Dark brown, small white head, exactly what you'd expect.
Aroma: I found a good caramel/molasses aroma in this one that reminded me of Steen's cane syrup. Brenton and Jay both thought it was more roasted, and maybe even a little nutty.
Taste: The roasted notes that they picked up on the nose were more present to me in the taste.
Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but this is only a 4% beer, and there were no bad off flavors to worry about.
Overall: We all enjoyed this one, but some of the panel more than others. I thought it was very nice easy drinking brown ale, and a perfect brew for getting a little more malt flavor out of a session beer.
Overall Rating: 70.8
My Rating: 70