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Nimbus Nut Brown Ale - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Nut Brown AleNimbus Nut Brown Ale

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81
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 11-23-2002)
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TXHops

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahh Nimbus. The people with probably the worst brewery web site ever (as of the time of the review at least)…

Nimbus Brown Ale really actually looks brown. So many brown ales look black, or even reddish in normal light. Of course, a bright light can tease some red through the dark body, but ambient room lighting reveals a truly brown beer, juxtaposed aesthetically well below a tan head that fades a little faster than I would have hoped. A moderate aroma of dry, chocolate malts and highly roasted coffee beans sets the stage for a roast-fest, which is exactly what this beer offers. I drank a lot of this beer while on my recent Tucson visit and I was impressed with the roastiness I got. It’s not so much chewy, or sweet, or toasty, or even burnt, like a Dry Stout. This one is just roasty. It tastes like the skin on a well roasted marshmallow—the kind that DIDN’T catch on fire. The chocolate malt in the aroma becomes increasingly pronounced as the beer warms. The flavor driven by this particular ingredient expands right along with the rising temperatures, lending the characteristic earthy dryness. Slowly, the dryness becomes pretty intense, even as the sweetness builds the closer to room temp the liquid gets. The hops are very understated—sweetness mitigators only.

I’m all for brown ales. In fact, I think they’re an under-appreciate style that I wish brewers would put more effort into, as opposed to brewing one because they think they should. However, this brown ale is not in the style that I really like: it was not quite sweet enough, and the apparently high % of chocolate malt in the grist created a fairly overwhelming presence in the finished beer. In fact the dry earthiness began to border on metallic. Still, this was a good beer. If I were of the ilk that craved chocolate malt earthiness, I would actively search this beer out. It’s not flawed, it’s just not my style. Therefore, I won’t penalize it sharply it for it’s chosen flavor characteristics, which I personally believe lend a slight harshness to the overall character of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 18:23:21 | More by TXHops
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter (bottled on?) date stamp of Nov/Dec.

Beer is clear dark brown but nearly opaque in the glass.
Small tan head quickly reduced to a thin partial crown leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Medium malts, toffee, chocolate and a hint of roasted nuts and vanilla.

Flavor: caramel and medium roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. Good sweet/bitter balance. A touch of smoke in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth; coarse, medium carbonation imparts a bit of tingle. Medium body.

Overall: a modestly better than average nut brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice dark brown pour with 1 inch head. when first tasting it I kept getting a nutty and toasty caramel flavor but smooth when it goes down. The smell- When I first poured it in to my glass I would get hints of coffee beans. This beer will not be my first choice but I think I would try it again someday.

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Taken from notes dated 5/30/2013; enjoyed at the brewery and not the bistro...

OG: 1.060 FG: 1.014 ABV: 5% IBU: 36

Clear, dark brown body w/thin head.

Rich, dark bread scent; brown sugar & burnt caramel.

Sweet malt flavors with a nice complementary bitterness; toasted grains.

Medium-bodied; clean; semi-dry finish.

Good, rich & flavorful brown ale; a good representation of the style.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Nimbus Brewery.

A: Pours a dark cloudy brown hue with a thick tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail.

S: Chocolate malt and hop aroma.

T: Sweet malt flavor with a roasted chocolate malt background and finishes slightly bitter and hoppy.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

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1.26/5  rDev -64.8%
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Oh god, I don't know if my bottle was out of date or what. I could hardly drink this one, and couldn't even finish it I disliked it so much. Tasted like nasty nuts were cooked into the beer or something, and had a very metal like finish to it. Nearly no head, and barely carbonated at all.

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Nimbus Nut Brown Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company
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