Fat Gary's Nut Brown Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jasonm on 03-04-2007

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 29
Photo of psinderson
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-cask in pint glass.

Appearance: Good-looking deep red/brown with a strong off-white head.

Smell: This smelled a bit soapy to me with a slight nutty background.

Taste: The soapy-like smell carried over to the taste. The nuttiness comes out in the end, but the original taste overwhelmed me.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin for me, like water.

Drinkability: There is a strange aftertaste, but if you can get past or at least accept the soapiness, this would be very drinkable.

Photo of goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a nice slight off white head. The smell is of sweet roasted malts and caramel. The taste is a slight caramel flavor and other sweet roasted malts. There is no hop presence. The mouthfeel is on the lower carbonation side. Overall it is a drinkable beer, however, it isn't all that complex or flavorful which makes it average drinkability.

Photo of thecheapies
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Darkest brown body, creamy light-colored head. Good retention. Laces well.

Molasses, wort sugars, dark bread.

Sweet brown bread, burnt sugar, earthy tones. Very u-nutty. Slight tinniness. Weak in overall flavor.

Cask offering yields some smoothness to an otherwise thin body. Still has some chew. Carb is a bit low on this system. The feel is suffering.

An average brown with its own unique character. Fun to revisit. That's about it.

Photo of JaYsOuL
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A really good buddy of mine was generous enough to visit East End Brewery, while he and his wife were in Pittsburgh for the weekend. He brought me back a growler of Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale.

I was extremely excited awaiting its arrival, as nut brown ale is one of my favorite beer styles. Once I recieved the clear growler three days later, I immediately had weird vibes about what to expect from this point forward.

It poured a deep-brownish color with little to no head; forced a half-inch head by swirling glass. The smell was pretty good, with hints of malty chocolate and roasted nuts. The taste was very similar to that of the smell. Mouthfeel was very light and a bit weak for my liking.

Overall, the beer has a lot of potential and would love to sample this beer directly from East End Brewery as opposed to having it three days after purchase in a clear growler. In fact, I think I will do so very soon.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From cask at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh.

Poured rusty brown, arrived with no head. Leafy nose. Appley malt flavors with some kettle pot undertones. Some cinnamon, too. Light body, low ABV.

Some of these comments come simply from being from cask; I wonder how it would do on a regular tap. Faithful to some English styles in having no sharp edges (heh) and being an easy sipper. Nothing to get excited about, though.

Photo of AdamBear
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-murky brown with a sticky white head

S-nutty and creamy. medium strength. smells good

T-comes in with an extremely smoked nutty taste that disappears rather quickly. it has a creamy after-taste that it also slightly smokey

M-medium carbonation with a good creamy finish

O-its a good easy drinking beer. its not a home run brown ale but its tasty and mild, something i can appreciate as a closer.

Photo of nukem5
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a rich, tan cap of foamy goodness.

S: Rich caramel aroma, slightly hoppy with light earthy notes to make this a great well rounded beer.

T: Same as smell, nice balance.

M: A medium body, light carbonation.

O: Overall a good beer, would definitely order again.

Photo of Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a pint glass.

A - The first 1/2 looked like raw sewage, luckily Al poured me a pint that was swampy brown, but not as disgusting looking -visibly carbonated w/ murky dog water color -it appears dirty with a very thin cap of sand colored head that retains ok. The clarity is the issue mainly but the bead is tiny.

S -Smell of sweet nutty malt w/ slightly earthy musky smell, light diacetyl as expected from the style w/ a slight doughy and caramel hint

M- This is very light which is good for the style, dry feel w/ quenching qualtiy and subtle fruity twang w/ mild roast-toasted texture really w/ medium high carbonation

T -The taste has slight yeast flavor which gives a slight English musty note and fruitiness w/ slight toasted and nutty, almost bready malt flavor. There is a gentle spice in the hop dept which adds to the beer w/ a crisp dry element and an almost chalky note which goes along with the yeast comment made earlier. The flavor borders on tangy like sourdough bread, but not quite, very toasty flavors.

D - This is kind of gassy after 1/2 a pint from the high carbonation which is not that appealing, but the low abv makes you want to drink it like soda. A conundrum since it sits just above middle ground drinkability wise for me -worth a try though.

Photo of wingman14
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium brown with a frothy tan head that sticks around for awhile. Not much smell going on here, but I could pick up some roasted malt and very subtle hops. The taste was nice, consistent, but not very strong. Some roasted malt throughout with some burnt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, with good carbonation, and pretty smooth. This is an easy drinking beer, the flavor won't annoy or get old, great session beer, but it is not very complex. Worth checking out, it is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Boto
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ The Headkeeper: This one pours a fairly opaque brown, with almost no head on it. The aroma is mainly malty, with a whiff of nuttiness in there also. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Matly, with some nuttiness and a hint of chocolate. Tasty, and an easy drinker.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at bocktown tonight. Sampled a few times before but this was the first time I ordered it.

A-Body is a somewhat cloudy medium brown color that is served with a 1 finger or so creamy white head. Head slowly subsides to a thick collar and leaves some traces of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- A big tart sourness comes through in the nose first followed by a bit of roasted malt bitterness.

T- A bit of tart sourness upfront with a big roasted nutty malt background. The flavor is consistent all the way through.

M- Medium carbonation and light, easily drinkable body.

D- Though I can't quite put my finger on everything about this beer I do like it. I really like the slight tart character that it offers. One of the better English browns that I have tried.

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 6 oz pour shared during a brewery tour with Scott Smith.

A: The nut brown ale is a dark brown color with the appearance of sedimentary haziness. Head is 1 finger in size.

S: The nose is nutty toffee malts with an underlying bitter hop aroma.

T: The mouth is fairly dry, accentuating a nutty malt body without making things get too sweet. The malts are nicely supported by a bittern hop presence that doesn't get in the way, allowing the malt elements to steal the show.

M: The nuttiness is very filling, providing a dry flavor that doesn't want to quit.

D: Another East End beer below 5%, the style is not big on my list but this ale is enjoyable.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a gold/amber light brown with a pillowy banana white head that retains for all of eternity.

Smells a bit roasty with notes of caramel malt.

Tastes hoppy but not super bitter, more floral and nutty. The malty character follows through in the end, but it's mostly the fresh hop flavor.

Feel is moderate with medium carbonation.

Pretty good but not fantastic. Worth trying and would be a great session candidate.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep murky cola brown mahogany brown hue with thin cream beige head that forms minimal specks of lacing ast it dwindles. Aromatics provide light caramel biscuit malts with mild chocolate doughy aspects some tame herbal qualities with a roasted nut edge. Flavor wise the soft cocoa chocolate powder tone with roasted malt dryness blended with the herbal hops dance on the taste buds with a bit of that muted nut character joining the party, overall packed with some flavor loving the lower alcohol. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with even to lighter carbonation finishes really clean and a bit watery in the finish. Drinkability is great a roasty English style nut brown ale that will keep your beer geek senses tingling and your liver at ease.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewery

Dark brown pour, moderately hazy, with a small white head that displayed moderate retention and lacing. Light aroma, nutty, sweet malts and caramel, light hoppy notes. Pretty nice taste for such a low alcohol beer, caramel and toffee, moderately nutty, herbal and somewhat tea-like hops for a nice earthy dry finish. Fairly light bodied, but still nice and flavorful for such a beer, and quite drinkable overall.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I thought this was 4.3 regardless the review

A - Pours a sold dark amber color with very little head.

S - Slight sweet malts with a touch of nuts possible pistachios with a bit of hops.

T - Very thin but I tasted all the nuts I could endure. It was pretty bitter too which must be the malt used. I loved how clean it was and it went down smooth.

M - If I were to describe a light it would be here. Succession able.

D - Well it was good but for under 4 percent it might as well be light beer which I never tread but I liked what I was given and it was still better than BMC. Bottom line drinkable.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a medium brown colored body with a light tan head. The head faded fast giving way to very little lacing.

Smell - The nose is of light roasted malt mixed with a bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste – The taste was of dark bread and lightly roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness. There were hints of nuttiness mixed in with the taste as well.

Mouthfeel –A medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. While only a medium bodied brew, with it only being 3.7 % abv, it is much creamier then would be anticipated, quite nice for its lightness.

Overall – This is a very drinkable beer. Lighter in abv, but with good taste and actual quite a surprising feel to it.

Photo of jasonm
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Session Ale #3 is back for good, with new name...

A - Dark, muddy brown color with faint reddish highlights. Thin, cappuccino-colored head.

S - Big, roasty malt aroma with some a mild phenolic touch. Notes of nuttiness and chocolate. Almost porter-like.

T - Lightly roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate at the beginning. Finish is chalky grain bitterness, roasted coffee, and a hint of medicinal phenols.

M - Medium bodied with a good base of carbonation.

D - Low ABV and good flavor make this one very easy to drink.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Gary on Cask. Pours a dark brown, with a head that consists of rather large bubbles. Smells malty and nutty. Taste pretty much backs up the smell, with a faint caramel malt note and a bit of residual sweetness. Nutty. The cask gives the body a smooth light feel. Easy to down a couple of these fast. Solid brew from East End, and though I prefer it in draught form, it is rather nice on cask as well.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/brown color with a small off white foam head. Provides some spotty lacing.

S: Ample amounts of roasted nuts and toast. There is also a mild amount of earthy hops.

T: Starts off with a nice dry roasted nut flavor. It is very subtle and quite appealing. The middle still supplies ample roasted nuts, with some biscuit and bready malt flavors as well. There is also a nice underlying earthy hop flavor present. Finishes off like the middle, very clean.

M: Leaves a clean taste on the palate. While it is clean, it is just a tad thin.

O: One of my favorite English Brown Ale’s. Nice low alcohol makes this a nice sessionable beer for a nice crisp fall day

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Gary has a dark brown body with about two fingers of thick, creamy looking head. Only a few bits of lacing are left, but the retention is pretty good.

The aroma has toffee and a bit of bitter chocolate from the malts. A hint of nuttiness in the background.

The flavor follows the aroma. Malty and just a touch rich. Toffee and bitter chocolate and a general sweetness from the malts. A bit of hops in the background that add a hint of spiciness and fruitiness. The finish has a big, nutty flavor that is the highlight of the beer. As far brown ales go, this is how I like them: nutty, malty and easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, even a bit creamy with moderate to low carbonation.

I really like this beer. I have to admit that I don't love brown ales, and as a result I've never picked up a growler of this beer. As far as brown ales go, however, Fat Gary is a very good one. I hate drinking a brown ale with a huge hop profile and 7%ABV. Give me something creamy, malty, nutty, and very easy drinking.

Photo of woodske1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one grew on me. At first there is nothing special, but that's really the point. It's not overpowering and is just right. Not too much of anything.

An overall good beer that isn't in the sterotype of small craft brews. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to brown in color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet malt, small nuttiness, and a small roast. In the taste, sweet roasted malt and a small dry nuttiness. A small hop bite, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry nuttiness in the aftertaste. A nice representation of a UK style brown.

Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep brown with very good head and very nice lacing. It has a wonderful deep scent, dark and heavy, with great malt tones, without being unbalanced. Great taste, very deep, too, with a great nutty flavor and a nice dark malt flavor, without being too sweet. It goes down extremely well.

(Found in Ren Faire notes from August 2007)

Photo of wampahoofus
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color. Pours with a cream colored head. Some lacing.

S: A bit of vanilla and a touch of smoke.

T: I didn't expect much from this beer, however the rich toasted malt was strong and delicious! Lots of caramel and sweet smoky malt.

M: The mouth-feel is a bit thinner than I would like in this style. Rolls off the tongue a little too clean for a brown ale.

D: This a very drinkable beer. It is a very nice balance to the IPA craze going on. Pick up a growler of Big Hop along with it and you are sure to please your friends.

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Fat Gary's Nut Brown Ale from East End Brewing Company
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