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Grog - Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, very drinkable session ale. I seem to have enjoyed it far better than people in 2003 and 2004. So perhaps they have tinkered with it. Rich malt with some bitterness. Dark brown and lace. I could stay with this all night if need be. Great followup 2nd after the bitter hop juice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2005 14:09:00 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an unexpectedly dark coffee brown color with sienna highlights; creamy tan head leaves sheets of lace behind

Smell: Surprisingly fruity aroma with a touch of funky yeast; smells more like an Oude Bruin than an English Brown

Taste: Starts with a bread and chocolate flavor that is slightly smoky; a modicum of sour flavor appears in the middle and the finish reinforces the dark fruit, coffee and smoke flavors

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick body with mellow carbonation

Drinkability: For a style that normally underwhelms, this beer provides enough complexity to keep my attention through the entire pint

Serving type: cask

01-19-2007 03:15:03 | More by brentk56
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just short of opaque. Nose is woody. Flavor is whoa! Nice and hearty. Woody character. Thick robustness that is nowhere near overdone. Slight bitter back tone. Feel is thick enough on the liquid. Has a good level of carbonation. Very drinkable. A good brown ale. If you see it, go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 06:31:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty caramel scent with little hops. The taste is great. It has good malt complexity and caramel flavor; very nice. The mouthfeel is good. It is a med./full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is a fine brown ale. It has great taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2004 21:12:23 | More by WesWes
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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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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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color and had a thin head. Some very light lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was bland, as only some malt was picked up by the nose. The flavor is of thin roasted maltiness, caramel, minor chocolate tones, and some mellow nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was a little thin for this medium bodied beer, and the carbonation was on the light side. Mild caramel tones seem to last well into the aftertaste. Nice drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 19:54:20 | More by Gavage
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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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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served from the cask at General Sutter's Nodding Head night.

A: The ale is a dark brown color, coffee-like in appearance. A minimal head emerged from the pour but no more than 1/4 of a finger. It quickly dissapated.

S: The ale has caramel and toffee and a rather strong smoked aroma. Perhaps the smoke is a side effect of the cask but it works.

T: The brown ale qualities are accentuated from the cask. The reduction in carbonation again removes the cleansing factor, allowing the chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors to linger on the palate without being shooed away. There isn't a lot to say hop-wise but a smoky quality is evident throughout, adding some meat to the taste.

M: Solid mouthfeel that nicely splits between the toffee/caramel and smoked malt. This type of ale was made for casks.

D: A real sessioner, this is a good subtle brown ale.

Serving type: cask

04-26-2008 00:16:32 | More by akorsak
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Nodding Head on 4/9/11 served in a pint glass. This brew appears a very dark brown color with a creamy tan cap that fades quickly and holds close to the edges. Faint spotty lacework sticks to the glass with swirls. When held to the light, this brew displays some redness through the body.

The smell of this brew is robust with chocolate, very roasty with a sweet fresh grain character to the aroma. "Holy shit, this is a brown ale?" Those were the first words that came flying out of my mouth. As it warms it picks up some light fruity character.

The taste of this brew is dark and roasty with grain that imparts a smooth chocolate flavor. There is a very mellow bitterness that seemingly comes from the extent of the roasted malt, not hops. However, in the background there is some lightly tangy, fruity hops which accent the initial roasted bitterness.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very smooth, roasty and enjoyable with a perfect balance of residual sweetness. Honestly, a great beer. Someone looking for a traditional take on a brown ale might be a little upset with this offering but I found it to be very enjoyable. It was like a hybrid stout-brown ale composed of the best traits of each. Having this brew was a bittersweet experience, I wish I could have taken some home but they don't allow it. This brew provided a perfect base or the other "one-offs" that were served on this occasion "Groggy afternoon."

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 19:48:47 | More by stakem
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4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OMFG, I had no idea that NH did cask! Come in, Paul Pendyck! It arrived with a finger's worth of deep-brown head with great retention. The nose had a chocolate/licorice quality. The color was a deep cola-brown with very little light able to penetrate its depths. The mouthfeel was full and creamy with a mildly chocolaty taste on the tongue. The finish was cocoa intermingled wih coffee. I was deeply impressed by this beer and its serving style.

Re-Review: Well, somebody was listening, apparently. Mr. Pendyck did, indeed, have a cask of this for a Cask Night at Lititz's General Sutter Inn. These are my thoughts from that evening.

Not much of a head to speak of, more like a thin film of light brown wisps. Nose was quite malty, with notes of chocolate and anise. I think that it is the anise that makes it attractive to me. It is usually available on cask at Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia, although generally not at on cask at Nodding Head, go figure. Color was a deep brown with cola color highlights. Mouthfeel was medium with a light additional mixture of coffee, chocolate, and anise taking place on the tongue. The finish was sort of a smoky chocolate flavor, not overpowering on either score, but definitely present. Proof positive that Gord-O has a handle on what he is doing.

Serving type: cask

02-08-2008 23:50:14 | More by woodychandler
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-11-2013 03:29:33 | More by orangesol
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a reddish hue and a 1 finger head

smell: roasted malts, chocolate malts, caramel,

taste: chocolate, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice brown ale with a sweet nutty flavor.


Serving type: cask

05-03-2011 14:10:07 | More by THECPJ
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-27-2014 14:13:10 | More by rolltide8425
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4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 03/08/06 & 03/09/06 at the Nodding Head brewpub.

Fairly dark brown in color with a low beige head and decent carbonation. Fairly robust in style for an English Brown Ale with lots of caramel and chocolate in both the nose and mouth. Very malty as expected. Medium bodied and easy drinking with a light bitter coffee-like finish.

A great beer to start with ... and even finish with but it leans very close to a Porter in my book.

Per NHB website:
2003 Silver - Chicago RAF
2002 Gold - GABF

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2006 16:16:28 | More by RBorsato
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-07-2011 12:34:58 | More by ROGUE16
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this last year on tap and thought it was pretty mediocre, but last night I was at Fergie's, and they had it on cask.

The core flavors are still the same...chocolate maltiness with hints of toffee and plums, and a little bit of smokiness. However, the cask version is infinitely better in terms of mouthfeel, which was already nice, and appearance. The subtleties of the flavor did not read well in the tap version, and it tasted kind of one-dimensional and bland. A lot more complexities sneak out in this version, and I'd recommend it highly.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2006 20:55:55 | More by whartontallboy
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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

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 01:34:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-07-2014 14:33:11 | More by rfgetz
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served a medium brown beer with modest slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is mild with some notes of roasted malt and caramel to be found.
Taste also shows roasted malt and caramel. A slight nutty flavor also noted.
Finish is more maltiness with a slight hop presence also beginning to show through.
Very drinkable. Great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2006 00:07:18 | More by tgbljb
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-16-2011 18:11:13 | More by deapokid
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-19-2012 02:17:09 | More by jfcaa193
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in pint glass on-tap at the Brewpub.

appeared a very dark brown, with thin off-white colored head. aroma and taste had highlights of chocolate, toffee, nutty, slightly roasted flavors. More of a cross between a brown ale and a porter. a bit fuller body than most brown ales, but still drinks easy.

overall, a nice variant on the traditional English Brown Ale style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 21:38:59 | More by jmdrpi
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-26-2011 14:30:44 | More by mdillon86
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

06-03-2012 12:59:49 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Grog from Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
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