Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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very good

1,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 44
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Also seemed like a porter to me,very chocolaty and malty like one.Somewhat nutty undertones,cant drink to many somewhat heavy,but well crafted.Would like to try on tap.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I admit bias in favor of this beer. The first time I had it, I was deep in the heart of the Baraboo Bluffs with a good friend during a warm summer rain storm. It was like a moment from Last of the Mohicans and it greatly added to my enjoyment of the hex nut.

That, however, was more than 5 years ago and this beer still stands up to my maturing taste buds.

I'll admit that I enjoy it better on tap and might rate the smell a bit higher. It's still quite delicious in a bottle. This one had a freshness date on it. Good.

Sweet nutty malts are the main flavor here and I'm a fan. The finish is crisp and grassy with a slight bitterness.

The color is a reassuring deep brown. This is not a beer with a color complex. It is quite brown indeed.

The smell is simple and malty sweet, also quite nutty.

Although, not a very complicated brew, it gets the job done. Very drinkable.

Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, bronzy brown. More golden brown shows against the light. Thin head dissipates quickly.

S: Sour English maltiness with a pronounced nut, earth and wood character.

M: Full side of light body. Pretty smooth. Medium carbonation.

T: I was delighted to find that the nose didn't sell a flavor that wasn't there. I got wood, nut, sour malt, caramel. It was hearty and good. There is a slight bitter chocolate there and the sweet and sour make you feel that there may be a hint of honey.

D: Lovely brew. It reminds me of a nut brown I used to drink back in college in the UK (22 years ago). I love it when a low ABV and simple beer is well done and has some character.

Photo of blackearth
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a very dark brown, almost black looking body with an off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel and toasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Flavors of toasted bread and nuts lead to a sweet finish. Very nice beer for a brisk fall day.

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

12-oz bottle from a Pub Pak, freshness date "011205. Pours a rusty amber color. I'm not crazy about the smell-there's something I don't like, but I can't put my finger on it (maybe it's the water...). Taste is a bit chocolaty and toffeeish, quite nice.

Overall, not a bad brown, and pretty easy to drink. I certainly wouldn't say no to having another one.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Goose Island Nut Brown Ale pours from the bottle a deep dark cola brown with a nice inch of bubbly khaki head sitting atop the brew. Dark red hues push out from the sides of the glass when held up to the light. Aromas are a nice mix of fresh roasted nuts, chocolate and caramel sweetness. Quite rich with a lovely herbal, citric hoppy background. I'm really enjoying the nose on this one!

First sip brings a roasty malt swirl with notes of cocoa, caramel and a nice nutty character. Subtle burnt notes weave in and out. On the way down I get a nice complimentary herbal, citric hop that works quite well in the overall brew. A roasty, toasty brown ale that really hits the spot for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and active carbonation. This one goes down easily and packs in plenty of flavor as well. I could easily see myself sitting down to a session with this one. Another tasty Goose brew that I have neglected for too long!

Photo of Todd
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and dark wood stain brown beer with a lasting light tan lace.

Malty, healthy dose of caramel and some chocolate, sweet milky coffee and grain. Faint roasted.

Medium- to full-bodied with an even mouthfeel and meaty, malty dextrin backbone. Not overly sweet, but definitely malty. Caramel, chocolate, touch of day old coffee way in the back, light raisin, earthy, light metallic. All the malt flavours are smoothed together with a bit of roasted headlining and a soft tea-like herbal hop character providing some balance. Esters towards the end. Pretty clean finish, some burnt notes, a tad dry.

This is one of those "all body" beers., but a pretty decent stab at an English Brown ale. Would have liked a bit more depth of flavour.

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a “Best When Consumed By” date on the back label.

Appearance: Decent head that drops down to a thin light tan lace, clear and deep mahogany hue.

Smell: Sweet aroma with a caramel and cake like maltiness with a mild fruitiness.

Taste: Sturdy medium body with a smoothness that ends with a snappy dryness. Toasted and caramel flavours flex all over the palate with a dark sweet bread and mild husk. Hops drop an even keel bitterness with a light earthy herbal flavour. Faint fruitiness and estery alcohol are within the malt sweetness. Long lingering dry malt character pulling in an almost puckering dryness.

Notes: A good drinking brown ale, more of an English style (sweet) brown ale. If you are into malty brown ales this one will do you right. Good pairing with chocolate and / or caramel sweets.

A good drinking brown ale, more of an English style (sweet) brown ale. If you are into malty brown ales this one will do you right. Good pairing with chocolate and / or caramel sweets.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Goose pours a clear, red, mahogany color, with a frothy, beige head that retains decently, and leaves some wallpaper sheets of lace on the Newcastle pint glass.
Aroma is toffee, caramel, and roasted malt. Hints of walnut and honeydew melon lurk in the background.
Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated to a medium degree.
Taste is excellent. This has to be one of the finest brown ales produced in North America. Hazelnut liquer, honeydew melon, and chocolate covered peanuts, are all present in the body of this ale. Hops presence is undrestated, but is very fresh and fruity when it peeks through.
An excellent brown ale in all respects. Another fine brew by the folks at Goose Island.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany brown color with a nice tan head

S: Very nutty bread-like smell with a hint of sweetness

T: There is a distinct nutty flavor with background notes of brown sugar and molasses. The beer finishes with an almost roasted quality.

M: Medium body, smooth

D: This is an easy drinking beer, very good rendition by the guys at goose island

Photo of bsp77
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Fairly dark brown with reddish highlights, with light tan head and slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel and cherry is predominant, with a health dose of spiciness from the English hops. Much of the smell fades, leaving mostly a dry, nutty aroma.

Taste: Sweet caramel, cherry and other dark fruit upfront, before quickly drying out with toasted nuts, English hops and honey.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, pretty dry finish for a Brown Ale.

Drinkability: One of the better traditional English Brown Ales around. Or it WAS one of the better until they foolishly decided to axe it. Just a shame.

Photo of jsolack
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark chocolate brown. Slightly hazy. Looks great. Head is mild.

Smooth coffee and hazelnut hints. Smells smooth and creamy. Very nice.

Creamy chocolate hints. Nutt flavor also comes through. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Good flavor.

Light and crisp. I would like to have the carbonation be a little creamier.

Overall a pretty great beer. Flavor and presentation are top notch.

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 jazzyjeff13
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a frothy beige head that rises up and settles quickly, leaving a fine cap atop the liquid. Light aroma of toasty malts and brown sugar. Flavor is light upfront, leaving me wondering where it is. It slowly grows as it moves across the tongue - very light biscuity malts, some brown sugar, a bit of toffee, some cocoa, but not much more. Perhaps a tiny hop tingle as if finishes, but the carbonation could be fooling me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker brown than expected. Aroma, a combination of shocking, nuts, biscuity feel.

Taste, sturdy for a brown ale, not a thin brown ale. Minimal hop presence, but smooth mouthfeel for the ample malt background. Very easy drinking, not my style of beer, but easy to acknowledge that this is one of the better ones I've had, price is average for what you get.

Photo of ADR
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Browns, very nutty taste that makes up for the style's tendency to blandness...nice persistent character, even evolves in nutiness in the back of the throat...fresh smell and nice clean amber/brown color, especially for a bottle conditioned brew...

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

Appearance: Tawny ruby brown hue with a creamy toffee tan head leaves retains well as it slowly dwindles leaves behind thick patches of scattered lacing not bad. Aroma: A nutty chocolate toned edge in the forefront with creamy milky sweetness in the finish with roasted edges I feel this beer is a very nice representation of an English Style Nut Brown ale. Taste: Smooth flowing wave of darker roasted malt sweetness tailed by a touch of bitterness characteristics that shine is the toasted nut with caramel edges very nice chocolate creaminess in the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body very silky texture light carbonation allows this very quaffable. Drinkability: Nice brew I could definitely see myself drinking and enjoying this side by side with Sammy Smith's version.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a nice chocolate, dark brown color to it when it pours; very opaque as not much light filters through it...has a bought a thumb of thick milky brown frothy head; can smell a little bit of the chocolate coming through the beer; goes down pretty smooth not a very thick brew; good taste too it...kind of a sweet taste; almost a bit caramely in my opinion; leaves a nice smooth feeling on the tongue; overall a pretty good beer that definitely has some character to it and i could see having a couple after a heavy dinner

Photo of Shovelbum
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy beige head with fine carbonation bubbles around the edge. Good head retention and creamy lace. The body is a deep dark ruby brown. Light smell of roasted malts, but otherwise quite clean to the nose. Has a sweet full malty body, slight hop bitterness, and a fairly smooth finish. The carbonation comes on a little strong at the start, but evens out toward the end and seems to help meld the flavors.

A straightforward and immensely enjoyable ale.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
Now labeled as "Nut Brown Ale"

A-This beer pours a deep dark auburn brown crystal clear body with a nice creamy light tan head.

S- Light malt aroma with some hints of caramel and a little toastiness. No hops.

T- This beer has a light deep malt flavor with some faint toffee notes and a slightly sweet finish. There is a faint note of coffee as it warms with more of a burnt taste to the malt. There is a bit of tanginess to the finish.

M- medium mouthfeel with a little watery texture. No real astringency or alcohol warmth.

D-This beer is nice to drink ice cold but as it warms slightly more of the harsher malt qualities come through. It has a little tanginess to it in the finish, and the watery mouthfeel comes through stronger.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brew the color of roasted walnuts with nice looking yellow highlights. A tan head starts to form but never fully materializes. There ends up just being a few bubbles left on the surface.

Smell is weak but I guess right for the style. A subtle malt with some caramel mixed with copper. Not overly extravagant but a simple beer smell.

Taste on the other hand is very big and bold. A sweet fresh cracked grain taste that has hints of chocolate and caramels. Nice and satisfying with a light hop touch that gives it just enough bitterness to contrast the deeply roasted sweet grains.

Smooth and medium bodied this beer is a delight to drink. It feels good on the tongue and really works to whet your appetite for another beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown color with a nice tan head and very light lacing. The smell is definitely of nuts with underlying malt sweetness and a toasty grain background. The taste is malty with typical caramel sweetness that isn't overbearing. A toasty nut taste finishes and very light herbal and fruit notes lurk. Mouthfeel is thick and malty with a pretty full body. The smell and taste aren't especially complex, but they're well-balanced and rich. It's nothing particular or extravagant, but it's a well-crafted brew.

Photo of brewQ
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle 3 months from Best Use date

A very jewel like red brown color with a tan head, not much cling or lace. Big aroma with caramel and nutty tones. I like the roasted malt candy smells. This has a nose not unlike many porters.

The flavor is sweet, even chocolaty with a solid body that is not syrupy. The finish brings in some hops which is a clean balance.Somewhat of a warming effect at the end.

A very good Chicago beer with wide availability.

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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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