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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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very good

898 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Chocolate color, honey and tobacco aromas, nutty flavor, medium body.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001)
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Photo of Tucquan


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 22:10:29 | More by Tucquan
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:14:31 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of GilGarp


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:35:14 | More by GilGarp
Photo of BeerWithMike


3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:45:55 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Mike_Moe


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 07:52:24 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 05:14:01 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of slusk


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:29:55 | More by slusk
Photo of saltymalty


4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 19:58:08 | More by saltymalty
Photo of Steff_Wantz


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:28:33 | More by Steff_Wantz
Photo of vette2006c5r


2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 19:05:48 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Jeffreysan


4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 20:11:50 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of Scrapss


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 19:11:32 | More by Scrapss
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 18:04:35 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of superspak


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, nuttiness, dark bread, brown sugar, floral, and slight dark fruitiness. Excellent aromas with great complexity and balance of dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, toast, brown sugar, floral, and slight dark fruits. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, brown sugar, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of dark malt flavors; with good complexity and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent brown ale! Great balance and robustness of dark malt flavors; with a great mouthfeel and smooth drinking. A highly enjoyable offering; one of the best brown ales I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:04:46 | More by superspak
Photo of riemster


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- clear dark brown with a red tinge, 1 finger tan head

S- bitter sweet milk chocolate, very nutty, hint of honey

T- roasted nuts lightly covered in chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, little vanilla

M- light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O- I think this is a fantastic, easily drinkable brown ale. I love the nuttyness. This is my go-to for easy drinking time when I don't want anything heavy.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:40:42 | More by riemster
Photo of 57md


3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a ruby hue on the edges. There is a half finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is mildly nutty. The upfront flavor profile is dark bread with a very light touch of malty sweetness. There is a tingly, yet soft dry bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:30:05 | More by 57md
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pint on tap in Florida. Pours dark brown with a very durable, creamy tan head. The aroma suggests a mix of light, medium and, perhaps, some dark malts with a complexity such as one might get from a bit of wild yeast.

Some nice complexity in the taste too, with a overall medium roasted malt base and some earthy British hops.

The feel is very smooth, with good carbonation but a touch too watery.

O: clearly above average for style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 01:40:54 | More by chinchill
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temp.

Cola Brown with an attractive cappuchino head, nominal lacing.

aroma: cocoa, cocoa and more cocoa. This one conjures up memories of driving past a chocolate factory.

mouthfeel is superb, silky, mousse-like.

taste: cocoa again, it's like drinking Malt-o-Meal. Scarcely any Hops with just a touch of bitterness in a slightly burnt way.

Notes; Goose Island shows once again that they can give quality English Beers a run for the money. This is a world class beer in my opinion and is stellar in every way. Will become a Winter staple for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 12:52:16 | More by fx20736
Photo of dheacck11


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark cloudy brown, beer bottle color. Thin light tan head.

Potent nose with hints of almond and roastiness. Perhaps a hint of clove.

Taste is very malt forward, with soft notes of caramel, almond, condensed milk.

Very light body with a sharp bite at the end.

A decent brown ale, but lacking in the complexity and body to make it a more American Brown. Seems to be much more in line with a classic English Brown. Glad to have tried it, but not gonna get it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 00:13:45 | More by dheacck11
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, honey, maple, caramel and a touch hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, maple and caramel. Then a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this si a decent brown ale to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 14:02:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of fstorey


3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint mug

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque with a ruby hue visible around the edges. Head is thin and fine but persists with nice lacing.

S - Earthy nut smell is prominent. I particularly like this aspect of the beer.

T - simultaneous sweetness and piney hops bitterness.

M - moderate body, close to a porter; nice maltiness; significant carbonation on the tongue.

O - Balance is on the sweet side, but not remarkably so. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:19:38 | More by fstorey
Photo of Bear1964


4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to a pint glass, nice dark brown with a creamy tan head. The smell held roasted notes and Carmel hints with brown sugar depth. The taste followed suit with a solid rich roasted malty flavor, sweetness a contrasting bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is right on target as its thick enough to be hearty but is so easy to drink it could be a everyday beer, I truly enjoyed this beer....and will again soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 19:26:06 | More by Bear1964
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of April 12th 2012. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned(?). A deep reddish-brown hue with faint haze and low carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy light brown foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of roasted grain, chocolate, nuttiness, brown sugar, dried fruit, mild port, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. There is a whisper of hoppy pine in the background, as well as a subtle twinge of sourness. Pretty good.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, chocolate, roasted grain, nuts, brown sugar, dried fruit, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Faint pine resin in the background, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, but rather flat and lacking in texture. Decent body for the style - could perhaps be a tad thicker. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt, chocolate and earthy yeast.

Pretty good; it goes down easily enough. Plenty of dark malt notes along with some chocolate and a residual sweetness. The aroma is satisfyingly complex, while the flavour seems a little muted by comparison. The body is slightly thin, and where has the carbonation disappeared to? Overall, a decent malty brew that suits the colder months of the year. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:24:30 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Tupperwolf


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a perfectly crystal clear brown, I force pour a frothy head that disappears almost immediately. This beer has a rich amber hue when held up to the light; No head means no lacing. Zero haze, zero visible carbonation.

The nose is honey, chocolate, and nuts with some sweet sourdough bread notes, and the flavor is spot on, in perfect harmony with the scents it produces. This is a quaffable malty brew with nary a hop to be tasted, and it is really delicious!

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, not too syrupy or sticky. There is very little carbonation to speak of in my sample but I find myself enjoying the way this beer goes down.

Overall a really delightful nutty brown beer, I could see myself drinking pint after pint of this with a good book in front of a roaring fireplace!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:34:47 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass. It has a black color body with a small tan head, that doesn't hang around long. The aroma has a roasted malt aroma with a touch of chocolate.
The taste has a great roasty malt flavor, with a chocolate hint to it. Also the a nutty finish to it makes it very tasty.
The mouth feel is really good and overall a really good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 21:00:22 | More by chefhatt
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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.