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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,047 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 42
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

Chocolate color, honey and tobacco aromas, nutty flavor, medium body.
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Ratings: 1,047 | Reviews: 455
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a thin light brown head, fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a strong roasted malt aroma, slightly toasty.

Taste starts out with a roasted malt backing, slightly nutty but could be stronger in this aspect, mild roasted bitterness, carbonation a touch aggressive but not overly distracting.

Photo of rossracing
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a big fan of nut brown

Photo of Jerrod-Scott
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Rich brown in color, thin but lasting head. Carbonation is noticeable and refreshing. This is a solid brown ale. Try it instead of a Newcastle, you might be surprised.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark mahogany/brown color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Very malty with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, nuts, and caramel. A touch on the sweet side, but nice overall

T: Follows the nose. Malt dominates lending notes of molasses, sweet caramel and honey, dark chocolate, and subtle nuttiness. The nuttiness shows up more in the finish and in the aftertaste

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice nut brown with a few good layers that give it just the right amount of sweetness while remaining very drinkable. The nuttiness is present throughout and helps to moderate the sweetness. Solid part of the flight pack

Photo of fitzy84
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA. From the Goose Island Flight Pack. Served in a glass goblet. The beer poured with a dark brown appearance, a light-colored brown head, and with minimal lacing. A good breath of air gives you the smell of malts mixed with caramel with an almost herb-like hint near the end. The drink had a toasted nuts, coffee, and cocoa taste with a bitter flavor at the end of each sip. The beer was slightly creamy with a medium carbonation making it surprisingly refreshing. Overall, not too bad.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.44 overall rating is correct.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Vons in Lakeside, Calif.
Price: $13.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 5, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 5, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 23, 2014

Poured a very dark brown, almost black, color with two fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. No lacing. No retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled chocolate, nuts, honey, caramel, toffee, faint vanilla, honey, light fudge and chocolate syrup. Seemed to be forced and fake. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted chocolate, nutty malts, honey, sugary chocolate, bitter coffee and leather. Reminded me of a slightly better Shock Top’s Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium-to-full body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.38)

Didn’t really care for this beer that much. Won’t have it again after these three. (Overall - 3.38)

3.44 | 78 | B-

Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted, nutty malt, chocolate, cacao and some piney hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and semi-dry. Good session ale.

Photo of matty
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light yet flavorful.

Photo of bobbabar
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

What that other NBA should taste like

Photo of ZBowden
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark coffee color with a thin beige head, smells of nut pine and roasted malts, tastes of caramel pine and roasted malts with a smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of brentdill
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Very drinkable.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown hued,but definitely karts a fair share of light through. A half inch thick light khaki colored head is on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of caramel and bready dark malt greets the nose. The flavor is filled with caramel,dark malt and a touch of honey. The finish is malty with just a sensation of bitterness from the hops.The mouth is moderately carbonated and creamy.

Photo of Tucquan
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-02-19 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly opaque dark brown with a 1-finger tan head that drops quickly and leaves mild lace.

S - Toasted sour dough bread, cashew, some earthy hop floral.

T - Rich, sweet dark bread, roasted cashews, molasses, earthy spice, light char and finishing roasted and hop bitterness. I quite enjoy the flavor. Not bland.

M - Medium-thick body and light carbonation. Creamy, substantial feel. Nice.

O - This is a good beer. Bolder flavor than many browns. ABV isn't bad for such flavor. Will have this again.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is brown, amber edges, head is tan, good 1/2 inch presentation; head dissipates to ring and fine bubbles with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is pleasant, nice semi sweet chocolate malt, some toast and maybe a touch of roast. very simple but well done.

Taste is malt forward, nice chocolate and toast balance, light biscuit and maybe some oats or wheat, light roast; hops are subtle, earthy, do not detract from this malt forward. ale.

Mouthfeel is the lone negative: malt sweetness presents first, but overtaken by harsh carbonation and possible lingering hop bitterness.

Overall solid flavor, presentation and aroma, poor mouthfeel and presence that detracts from this otherwise quality ale.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 26 Aug 2013.

Served cold into a Sam Adams shaped glass.

Goose Island's nut brown is a nice medium brown color with good clarity and thick off white head. It settles fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is malty and sweet with pleasant notes of nut and caramel.

Flavor is balanced but leaning towards the sweet end. More toffee and caramel, nuts, and a British yeast. Very low bitterness and almost no hop character at all but that's ok for these style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with good balance and drinkability.

Overall a very nice warm weather session ale. Maybe not the most exciting beer a Goose Island makes but a solid year-round offering.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled tonight on 2/5/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown in color with a smaller beige head. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel with a hint of nut. The taste is the same but has a bitter finish. A bit much for my liking. Average to lower carbonation. Overall, wasn't real pleased with this one.

Photo of Mike_Moe
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown color with a brown head.
Aroma: Nice malty aroma.
Flavor: Good hearty toast malty flavor medium hoppy. Medium bodied ale with good carbonation.
Overall: This is a good flavored beer. Not as hoppy or hearty as some, but good toasted malts.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am usually a big fan of brown ales but this offering from Goose Island did not impress me.
Looks nice in a glass. Dark brown in color with a tan head.

Toasted malts, nutty, slightly sweet. Not very bitter.

Easy to drink but lacks flavor.

This beer, by itself is just okay. It would be much more enjoyable if paired with some food.

Photo of slusk
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This brew pours a nice rich dark amber more towards ruby. It has a 1 finger off white head that doesn't last long but holds a light film for awhile. Nice and clear as well.

S: Very low hop aroma, a very malt forward brew. Dark fruit and a slight earthy note with a full malt richness.

T: Malty out of the gate with a light sweetness. Nice medium body, not slick. There is some earthy hop flavor hidden amongst the big maltiness. I get a quick hint of chocolate on the palate and it has a pleasant long lasting after taste that includes an ever-so-slight acidity that lingers. Moderate to low carbonation.

O: This Is quickly becoming one of my favorite Nut brown ales. This is what I would consider a malt forward 'comfort food'.

Photo of saltymalty
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smooth and light, very different from the color. You wouldn't expect cleansing ale properties from this brew but that's exactly what you get. The undertones are nutty so it's not too overbearing. It's enjoyable and sessionable, you can have more than a few. There isn't too much of any one characterstic in this brew.

Photo of Steff_Wantz
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark chocolate colored

S: malt & chocolate aroma, reminds me of dessert

T: malty, nutty, deep chocolate undertones with hints of honey

M: covers entire palate and leaves very sweet taste in your mouth at the finish

Overall I love this beer. It reminds me of dessert

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nut brown pours a brownish color, with a very small lacing head. There is a light nutty aroma, but lots of yeast aromas. The taste has strong yeast flavors, with light hints of nuts, there is a rather stale taste. Watery, stale, weak flavors. Overall a disappointment.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep, dark brown, like mahogany with a half of a finger of oatmeal colored head that very quickly dissipated into a thin coating of wispy foam that coated the glass and collected at the center of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of malt! No, check that, lots of roasted malt! Dark bread and butter, with some wood and bark. Subtle hazelnut and chocolate notes and toffee. Very nice.

Taste: Roasted malt in both the front and back end of this beer, and some sweetness in the middles, like honey or burnt sugar. There’s some nutty earthiness present too. The beer also has a very long finish, which seemed to last forever. For a malt lover like me, this is heaven!

Mouthfeel: Medium to full. It’s a rich, chewy beer that coats the whole mouth with a smooth creaminess, that’s true to the brown ale style. There’s also some good carbonation to wake-up the taste buds.

Overall: This is an excellent brown ale! Nice and malty and full flavored. Damn, this is an excellent beer!

Photo of Scrapss
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the local distributor I discovered they had this in 1/6 bbl. It got good reviews so I figured try it! Pour from co2 tap system into a Sam Adams 23 oz Turbinator style glass. Bbl was labeled Illinois sourced keg.

A: dark, looks kinda like a glass of cola. One finger slightly tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin disk. soapy minimal lacing.

S: little chocolate hazelnut, caramel. Minimal hop smell of very slight aromatic citrus.

T: roasted nuts and chocolate abound. Very slight reminder of coffee and bread back there too.

M: medium creaminess due to well balanced carbonation and choice of ingredients. Smooth malty pre-finish. faintly dry ultimate finish.

O: Damn fine quaff. Goose Island delivers a solid nut brown ale with very drinkable characteristics to keep it interesting, a definite have again.

I like this brew because it is light enough to have a few and neutral & interesting enough to have with wings, burgers and other pub type fare. It paired well with spicy-bbq wings I made later for it.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wouldn't think of this as an American-style brown ale. Not really roasty or hoppy. At best, it reminds me of something a chain brew pub would make.

This particular sampling was a draft poured very cold into a standard mixer glass, about 3/4" tan, spongy head, which died off in 1-2 minutes, leaving some surface suds, though little lace. Assuming enough wheat was added with the intent to enhance head retention, the result was disappointing.

The wheat could, however, account for what I felt was a lighter mouthfeel and more subtle malt flavor than what I had anticipated. Got some mild pale malt flavor and a modicum of honey/caramel sweetness. Roast and toast very subtle, if present at all. At the very least, a little more malt richness, while keeping the light-medium body, would make this more memorable.

As it is, it's alright. Something simple and non-obstructing to go with pub sandwich and fries.

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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.