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

Fat Gary's Nut Brown Ale
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jasonm on 03-04-2007)
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Photo of JaYsOuL


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2011 16:40:45 | More by JaYsOuL
Photo of wampahoofus


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2010 01:19:33 | More by wampahoofus
Photo of wingman14


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2009 04:54:29 | More by wingman14
Photo of JamesS


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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)

Serving type: growler

08-17-2008 14:55:01 | More by JamesS
Photo of jasonm


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2007 03:19:34 | More by jasonm
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 13:16:13 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 00:24:38 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of thecheapies


3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-22-2012 05:51:14 | More by thecheapies
Photo of nukem5


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 21:58:26 | More by nukem5
Photo of AdamBear


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 15:44:15 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Cylinsier


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 21:59:32 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 13:14:21 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of kimbo33


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Uncle Buck for getting one of these for me tonight! Really enjoyed it. Great smooth taste....really only 3.6% ABV? Have a tough time believing. Still nice and tasty. Would like to get more of this in Beaver County. Always happy to support the local brew. Nice malt flavor and a near perfect mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 02:18:54 | More by kimbo33
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 23:53:50 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of DrDemento456


3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 07:12:46 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of veggiemafia


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first draft beer from our new kegerator at our house. Pretty stoked about that.

A: Murky, deep brown. Fluffy, off-white head. Still dialing in the CO2 pressure, so maybe a little fluffier than usual?

S: Clean. Malty, some subtle hops in there. Kind of smells like clean soil, walnuts. Earthy smelling. Nice.

T: More of the walnut thing, slightly bitter. Some hoppy flavor which balances everything out nicely. Very little alcohol obviously, so no flavors from that or affiliated esthers.

M: Still clean. Not cloying like some examples of this style have been in my opinion. Just there and then finishes dry.

D: This was initially a session ale for EEBC, so it's obviously one of the more drinkable beers around. Low alcohol, dry, sessionable in a big way.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 02:32:14 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of Slatetank


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 13:59:11 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-11-2010 07:05:33 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Hojaminbag


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 12:31:14 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Boto


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 19:59:06 | More by Boto
Photo of goblue3509


3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2009 20:24:12 | More by goblue3509
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a rich warm brown, barely translucent, with a fairly thick pale tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with hints of cinnamon, smoke and caramel. Flavor is mainly malty and has nutty, smoky and spicy tones - one can really taste how the malt is roasted. Texture is smooth and very pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 02:09:18 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-06-2009 16:42:54 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of woodske1


4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 00:39:17 | More by woodske1
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 01:57:35 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Fat Gary's Nut Brown Ale from East End Brewing Company
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