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Grog - Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2002)
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Mudawg

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -45.7%

02-20-2012 20:57:16 | More by Mudawg
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Nodding Head, Philly, PA

Poured a slightly hazy dark brown with a small off-white head that receded quickly. Sweet malts and toasted bread in the aroma. Mostly sweet malts in the taste, caramel, light bread, nuts. Leaves a stale aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel, and seemed watered down and too sweet. Not a very pleasant drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 13:50:06 | More by Rifugium
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mactrail

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Lovely to look at, with beige-tinged head on the dark brown ale, served in a standard US pint glass.

Odd aroma is the first sign of trouble. Smells like the smoldering remains of a burned house. Then one sip and the flavor hits me-- burnt newspaper. Surprisingly malty, but the taste is deeply disturbing. It reminds me of the charred blood sausage I spit out at the Argentine restaurant at lunch. Or the smell of nearby burning garbage in a damp country.

On tap at the brewpub in Philadelphia. From notes on June 2, 2012 visit.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 22:43:19 | More by mactrail
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cracker

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at the Michael Jackson tasting at Penn in Philadelphia. Pours a dark brown almost black color. Smells like a sweet roasted soy sauce. Taste is too roasted and coffee like for a brown ale. Probably over-used the roasted barley in this. Has a solid malt backbone and the sweetness definitely takes prescedence over any hop component. Overall I'd say this is average in my book and could be improved if the roasted malts were cut back a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2005 16:40:26 | More by cracker
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jwat

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

06-15-2012 21:32:54 | More by jwat
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on cask at Nodding Head, this EBA cranks out a matted black core with large, woody brown highlights. There is a sparse rim of bubbles, but little else to look at. Fairly characteristic of a cask brew.

The aroma is pretty nice; mild but nice. Some roasted malt and cocoa. Also a hint of weak coffee is detectable. Bland (not necessarily in a bad way) and rather unrecognizable fruit ups the nose a bit. A hint of molasses is noticeable as well.

Mild, sweet and nutty with a somewhat roasty character. Not necessarily heavily roasted malt, but more like burnt sesame seeds. Some sweet molasses and vanilla rounds out the flavor profile. There are a lot of components present, but it seems like everything is toned down and not because of the style on cask or lack of carbonation.

Thin and somewhat watery. I understand the implications of a cask ale, but this selection just seems dim and lifeless. The flavor is quality but short-lived. I am usually a fan of English cask conditioned ales, but I was unimpressed with this one.

Serving type: cask

12-21-2007 03:49:04 | More by letsgopens
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

06-03-2012 12:59:49 | More by JohneHoodlum
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-07-2014 14:33:11 | More by rfgetz
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-16-2011 18:11:13 | More by deapokid
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-02-2014 22:44:39 | More by devilfluff
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a pretty thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor of crystal malt, roasted malt. Sessionable, certainly, but this is TOO sweet (a common theme among Nodding Head beers it seems...).
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
(3.3/5)

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 01:34:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grog is an appropriate name considering I'm pulling out the same herbal flavor I've gotten from the 60 Shilling and Doc. Roasted grains and coffee flavor come forward first with that funk in the background. Really though, there's so much roasted flavor, this reminds me more of a brown porter than a brown ale. There's no fruity sweetness like you'd get from an English brown. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not to style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2008 14:48:27 | More by tempest
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

06-09-2012 06:31:34 | More by nosavingsaccount
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grog was served far colder than any of the other brews I sample at Nodding Head -- and with the Philly heat, I liked this very much.

Grog has a stout feel and taste, with a toasty oats backbone and a sweet lacto feel. Notes of caramel. Dry finish. Darkest brown body and a fat tan haze. A mild, creamy black beer, good, but watery, with few memorable characteristics. I wished I'd had another pint of Berliner Weiss instead.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2005 17:32:50 | More by donnebaby
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

11-24-2013 15:35:59 | More by chrishensley
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WonderWoman

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, poured a dark crimson with a frothy head and nice lacing.
The only smell that surfaced was a metallic odor.
Tasted kind of boring with subtle cocoa notes and malt.
The mouthfeel was smooth medium bodied with minor carbonation.
Overall, there wasn’t much offered here for a brown ale, I think I’d pass it up.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2006 22:48:07 | More by WonderWoman
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This looks and drinks much like what "grog" implies to me - a no-frills, serviceable alcoholic malt beverage. Not necessarily pleasing to eye, for sure - NO f'n trace of a head/carbonation, dense, dank and dark muddy brown. If you jump on board to the simplicity or primitiveness that, once again, its name implies, this is all good - but uninspiring as far as beer goes - its potential. That said, getting past the blah look, the smell is a small step up, yet still sooty-bland. Sleazy malty, if that makes sense - powder-blue-sweat-suity...maybe...some hops, perhops...Yeah, getting to the flavour - it's not bad! Don't express itself as a brown, no. I get an unabashedly rauch stance on it - light (tad more than 'light') smokiness on the malt - and it's good, yes. It's a rauch/(slick-slimy-muted) bkln brn blend - challenge me on that, kids! It drinks e-z, without dazzling. Grog is goud. If I have to swallow it, I don't mind. Nothing I would seek out, but it don't turn me off. 'T'would go a'ight with some proper right grubb.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 07:59:36 | More by Bouleboubier
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color without any trace of head retention(Could be older cask not as fresh as could be)

S: Aroma is of light malts and and bready.

T: Is sweet and malty with some fruity notes, carmels, and toasted malts.

O: Drinkable but being on the flat side would love to try this again maybe on draft.

Love Philly this week!

Serving type: cask

04-19-2011 03:31:54 | More by nukem5
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aracauna

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark ruby color with a nice head makes for a good appearance. The aroma is light, but the flavor is almost smoky with a little coffee and a bit of light chocolate. A lightly bubbly mouthfeel makes this a nicely drinkable brown with a bit of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2004 18:08:58 | More by aracauna
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ChappyCubsFan

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grog! That sounds like something they would have brewed in the Middle Ages. I just had to try it in our beer sampler. It smelled pretty good. The malt had some interesting characteristics. But it just didn't pack the wallop I was looking for in a brown ale. Maybe that's intentional. It tasted a bit watered-down, and not much hops for my taste. It was OK and worth the sampling. I'm not sure I would order a pint. Tasted like something Ben Franklin may have served to his buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2005 19:26:24 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-28-2013 23:30:06 | More by TheFightfan1
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-11-2013 03:29:33 | More by orangesol
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pebbs

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-21-2012 21:18:45 | More by pebbs
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-24-2013 16:32:46 | More by Jason1337
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-19-2012 02:17:09 | More by jfcaa193
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Grog from Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.