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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

451 Reviews

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Reviews: 451
Hads: 1,060
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 43
Gots: 63 | 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 TechMyst
2.03/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

very dark amber, minimal lacing and head. Their IPA is growing on me more and more. But the aftertaste on this one is a little off for me. heavy malt, more metallic than nutty...it's a quality beer, just not my taste. I'd take their honkers over this...

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Single bottle (bottled on 02/09/10) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a nice light tan head that lasted the whole way down. Plenty of lacing too. The beer is a dark brown on the table, but definitely has garnet notes when held up to the light. Plenty of bubbles coming up slowly through the beer when held up to the light.

Smell: Chocolate notes and a hint of honey along with a definite cigarette/smokey smell towards the end. Odd - the smoke is a bit off-putting.

Taste: Nice malt up front and then a balanced hop bitterness right after it, but then there are tobacco notes towards the finish. The aftertaste is like the smell of cigarette ashes - quite acrid. I'm not getting the love here although towards the end of the glass that aftertaste is not as strong. Still, I'm not liking it.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation on the tongue, nice thickness but not too thick.

Drinkability: I heard this beer was now going to be no longer bottled so I hunted for it and got a bottle, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. The appearance is great, but it smells/tastes like someone was smoking when it was brewed. Maybe it is meant to simulate a smoky English pub. I'm not getting it though. The description sounds so good on the bottle but this is, sadly, a disappointment.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not too impressed by this one. The nutty flavor was kinda watered down. The girl friend said it had a slight soapy taste, it was just off. I'm not usre if I just got a bad batch because it's the first time I've tried this beer.

It looks pretty with its shiny dark brown body and thin tan head. The mild carbonation is perfect for a heavier beer, but the taste was just not that good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of bort11
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Medium dark chestnut brown color. Mild light tan head that recedes quickly.
Smell is muted. What is there is malty and sweet. Taste is sort of like almonds. I guess that's where the "nut" part comes from. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall, just a very average beer.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a medium dark brown with a nice off white head and nice lacing hanging on the sides of the glass.
The nose of this beer very non-descript with a slight roasted grain and mild sweetness coming to mind.
As far as taste, very boring. I detected a slight roast malt flavor and pretty much nothing else.
Decent mouthfeel but overall, I expected more.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured at cellar temperature into pint glass. Pours a deep Brown almost Mahagony with a long lasting brown head. Aroma is dominated by roasted barely, roast coffee, and subdued choclate notes. The taste follows the aroma, as roasted coffee is up front. Nice mouthfeel, some choclate in the middle. Minimal hops balance the ale out, but the roasted malts have the last say. Would like the finish to be a bit cleaner; the finish is somewhat cloying.

Not a bad ale. The cloying sweetness subtract from drinkability points. The heavy use of roasted malts almost takes this ale out of the Brown Ale category. Just the same, the complexity and smoothness are very pleasant making this a nice after dinner ale.

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Photo of Domingo
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the Clybourn GI location.
Served in a normal pint glass with a little foam, but not much. Looks pretty standard. Light brown to chestnut,
Smells pretty mild as it's pretty cool at first. After warming you can pick up a nuttier smell, but lots of herbal overtones, too. Hmmm?
The taste is kind of grassy and hay-like. You can get some of the standard brown-ale nuttiness and cocoa flavors, but they take a backseat to hay. Their tasting notes mention tobacco, but it's more of an uncured tobacco. The things I like i a brown (cocoa, brown sugar, almonds) are all hiding behind hay flavors.
It took a little while to finish this and I don't think I'd revisit it just based on personal preference...especially considering it's a style I like. It gets points for being unique, but it's not my thing.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
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

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Photo of benmiliron
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here's a decent brown ale from Goose Island. Good dark caramel/red color, no head to speak of, no lacing. Nice refreshing taste, not overbearing at all. Much of what you'd expect from a brown ale. It's like Newcastle but not as spicy. I'd give it a shot, but don't expect to be blown away. You could easily drink this all night.

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Photo of StargherKing
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer was almost hazlenut colored, which I suppose would be fitting for a nut brown ale. Smell was nutty, slightly yeasty, with a certain sharpness to it. Taste was nutty, slightly bitter, with a hint of yeastyness. The carbonation was almost too much, but that may just be for my personal tastes. Mouthfeel wasn't bad, beer felt light despite the somewhat intense flavor, only real downside was the sharpness and carbonation. Whlie the beer was certainly drinkable, the downsides hurt the drinkability a bit. I could see some people loving this, but I wasn't a huge fan. I'm not in any rush to try this one again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's, Media, PA

I really bought this for cooking, but I drank what wasn't used in the recipe, so. Dark mahogany color, nearly opaque in the dim light, but still clear, with a lasting fizzy tannish head. Toasted grains on the nose, and not much else. Taste of toasted grains, light caramel, cocoa powder, earth, leading to an uncomfortable metallic twinge that turned to chalk in my mouth. Not bad at first, but just really turned bland and almost sour quickly. It's no secret that I'm not a fan of brown ales, and this one wasn't among the better I've had. Decent and drinkable...for the style in general. At least it went to good use in my marinade.

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Photo of adams82
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before April of 2007.

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. A small off white head forms and quicky dissapears, leaving traces of lacing behind.

Aroma is subtle, defiantly sweet. Maybe caramel and sweet, slightly roasted grain. Not much is revealed in the nose.

Taste is a little more up front than the smell but not by much. As they say, you taste by smell and theres not much more here than what was found on the nose. The bitterness of the roasted malts comes through more than the nose and the sweetness is more subdued. Notes of caramel and brown sugar are presnt but don't stick around too long.

A little rough around the edges in terms of mouthfeel. If I weren't reviewing, I would have drank it a little quicker. Not unplesent, but it just doesn't sit on the tounge as nicely as others.

Although I would say this beer is medium bodied, it does sit a little thin as it lacks points in the smell and taste arena. If you can get past the subtilty, this could be sessioned easily.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, with a tan head that fades, yet leaves a partial layer on top. Smells faintly of carmel and burnt notes, not much of a hops presence. Taste is very one-note. Not much of a flavor transition, or it is just that well balanced. Roasted malt flavaors, again, not much of a hops aftertaste. An ok beer, if not slightly above average.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into mug.

Appearance was brown with minimal head a lacing.

Smell was malts, carmel and chocolate. very low key,

Taste was chocolately, coffee malty not impressive.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery, not enough carbonation

This is one of my fav styles of beer and I was not impressed with this brew, just as I am not really impressed with many of goose islands brews.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown in colour with a slightly lower than average amount of carbonation. Roasted nut is the primary aroma, along with a touch of toffee. Flavors are very roasty, with a bit of chocolate and caramel sweetness. Light mouthfeel helps to make this sweet nut brown quite drinkable.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a light tan head that disappears quickly.

S - It is very faint but what I can get is nutty and malts.

T - The flavor is light. There is a roasted malt taste. Some chocolate undertones.

M - Light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer, nice and light with good flavor.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany color. Thin, bubbly tan head. The head recedes quickly.

Smell: Dark malt aromas. Notes of caramel, honey, and a subtle woody dryness.

Taste: Smooth, full malt flavor. Tastes of honey, roasted nuts, and lightly smoky coffee elements. These flavors sort of wash together; none of them are especially distinct. The finish features some tightly acidic hop flavor and a big dose of esters.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body; it feels slightly bulky on the tongue. Highly carbonated.

Verdict: The body is fine, but it doesn't have a rich depth of malt flavor. The hops and the estery flavors end up sticking out the most.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown, slightly reddish. Rich but quickly dissipating head. Some soapy lacing.

Smell: Notes of caramel, chocolate and toffee. The aroma was full and pleasing at first, but dissipated with the head.

Taste: It hits you with a sweet clean malt taste at first, followed by a strong walnut character that lasts throughout. Light hops mostly for bitterness. Good use of hops for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, light carbonation, smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Not a great session beer, but good to drink after a meal.

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Photo of adamette
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle exactly like the one pictured above into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Pours a nice dark brown but direct light does move through it revealing a nice dark caramel color. Nice creamy medium brown head that stayed around for a few minutes and when it did there is a decent lacing.

S Appropriately distant nutty smell. Really not much else.

T Interesting stages of taste.
1. Nice nutty flavor (3 sec.) followed quickly by
2. a longer lasting (60 seconds) unwelcome bitterness of malt, barley
3. an taste of a quasi-spoiled, water logged cardboard taste which fades into the medium to long aftertaste.
Several drinks revealed the same pattern. Those first 3 seconds recalled Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale but that beer stayed with a nice smooth Nutty Brown taste. This one quickly departs from that.

M Light to moderate. Physical mouthfeel is light and wet but there is that heaviness in the middle of the feel which beefs it up.

D Average. It would have been higher for me if not for that bitterness in the middle of the taste.

Notes: I will stick with Samuel Smith for my Nut Brown Ale but this is adequate.

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Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown-mahogany hue with a graceful ruby highlights, the beige head reached a hearty finger before it faded slowly to half that size then it depressed to a loose cap. Laces in a spotty fashion as the beer was consumed. The potency of the nose is very modest, a little too much so in my opinion, hard whiffs invokes toasty malts and toasty caramel notes and grain, hints of chocolate. The aromas are indicative of a Brown Ale yet I am not pressed to drink it. The palate doesn’t have much going on, this is said as a fan of both Brown Ales and Goose Island. Frankly Hex Nut is a bit of a disappointment. The maltiness is small, there isn’t a richness in the taste, some disjointed sweetness, the toastiness is faint and there is little in the way of caramel influences, traces of nuts conclude this portion of the beverage. The hops are modest, appropriately so but the flavor they impart are ordinary. Pleasantly dry throughout. This is easy drinking but I can do better when I have the urge to drink a Brown Ale, like Third Stone for instance. Medium in body, low, modest carbonation, maybe a little too much so, the mouthfeel is a touch slick and it is lacking in substance. The aftertaste is lightly nutty and sweet. Yes it is drinkable but is it flavorful? No so much. I’ll drink my other sample but I’ll skip it in the future. Purchased in Sioux Falls, SD.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A nice deep amber color, very clear. I got a nice tan head that left some lacing as it slowly waned.

Smell is not very strong. Mildly malty, with not much hops. An almost woody undertone.

Taste is again mild. Malts and hop flavors are very subdued. A little bit of a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and lightly carbonated. All in all this is a good drinkable beer that could easily be sessioned. I am not an expert by any means but it seems to be just about an average beer for this style.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.16/5  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.

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Photo of marc77
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark ruby / brown in color. Light nutty and bready malt in aroma, just a touch of dark chocolate. A mellow but earthy Willamette hop nose is there as well. Lightly bodied, w/ an agreeable mouthfeel that adds to the drinkability. Slight chocolate and biscuit malt flavors are most noticeable, since hop bitterness and flavor is quite mild. Very clean overall, with nothing outstanding or offensive in taste. Finishes with slight caramel sweetness. Hex Nut is innocuous, drinkable, but perhaps a bit bland. It could easily pass for a mild.

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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.