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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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very good

451 Reviews

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Reviews: 451
Hads: 1,061
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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Reviews: 451 | Hads: 1,061
Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of fx20736
4.4/5  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.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of fstorey
3.55/5  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.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Looks almost black in my light. Short, tannish head that didn't stick around for too long.

Smell: Delightful! Smelling the malts for sure, but also a choco-nut scent, and a touch of honey.

Taste: Roasty, malty, a little nutty and slightly honey-sweet. This is really good, though the bottle suggests a touch of evidence hops that I just don't get. I don't think I'd want it though. I like this a lot and I would happily drink one any time.

Mouthfeel: I dig that this is a little lighter than I expected, actually. Makes it an easy drink. Pretty standard carbonation though.

I really enjoyed this beer and I'd be down for another basically any time.

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Photo of Clones21
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this and poored into a pint glass. Smell is very nutty and chocolate like. Taste is exactly the same as the smell. This is by far my new favorite Brown Ale. The first time I tryed this was at a bar and my friend bought me one of these bad boys...and wow! I was amazed how great of a beer it was. Big props to Goose Island on this one. VERY worth a try!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Poured a deep brown colored brew with a two finger tan head. The head had a moderate level of retention, fading over time to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of roasted malt and some sweet smells of caramel and brown sugar. Mixed with these aromas and as the name would imply is a strong aroma of roasted almonds.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt mixed with some of the sweet caramel that was detected in the nose. As the taste advances further other sweet buttery toffee flavors and some chocolate also come to the tongue as well as a nut flavor. While initially the nuttiness was light as the taste advances to the end it becomes more pronounced. When a light earthy hop joins the roasted nut at the end it gives a very light bitter balance to the sweet and leaves a very pleasant aftertaste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well.

Overall – This is a quite tasty brew. It is sweet, roasty and nutty. Quite an easy drinker

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Photo of wac9
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well what i say very surprise by the beer what a great color in my glass and the best tasteing brown i ever taste woth chocolate and honey how can you go wrong, well you this beer will put a smile on your face doesnt leave an aftertaste in your mouth and it has a great pour your mouth will start watering when you see it so sit back drink a few oh so good

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Photo of justintcoons
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep mahogany brown with a short white head. Moderate carbonation and good clarity.

Caramel, brown sugar and nuts.

Caramelized brown sugar and a big nutty profile. Definitely some hazelnut. Notes of dusted cocoa. Hints of molasses and coffee. An ever so slight leafy hop aroma in there.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and almost silky.

This is how I want my Brown's to taste. Sweet and flavorful while still remaining very easy drinking.

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Photo of socon67
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown color with a beige foam that retained rather well. Minimal carbonation and lacing.

S - Smells of fresh hazelnuts, english toffee and drak malt. A very pleasant blend that seemed to open up a bit over time. Really had a good scent for the fall.

T - Nice blend of english malt that had a sweetness of toffee and caramel. The toasted almond flavor was strong in the finish. I was quite impressed with how this went with lunch.

M - Good balance, is gentle on the palate while bringing plenty of flavor. I was digging this one.

O - Why don't I see this as much in NY? Maybe the In-Bev deal will change that, because this matches up well with any fall seasonal out there. I'll have another.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/1/12 Tasting Notes...
Enjoyed on tap at Monk's Bar and Grill. Served in a pint glass, pretty much ice cold.

A) Chestnut brown in color. There was not much head. A thin collar remained. There was a bit of lacing on the pint.

S) Had to let warm up a bit, as the aroma was muted by the temperature initially. This had a nice darker malt scent, light roast, quite nutty, with a little Heath Bar.

T) Follows the nose, with plenty of toasted malt, good amount of nutty flavor, a little toffee, and nice earthy hops. Good aftertaste...

M) Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes a little dry, but really very smooth with very good drinkability.

O) Solid brown ale. Truthfully, it really hit the spot ice cold. Then with some warmth, proved to have all the characteristics I look for in the style. Glad to recommend...

Paired with the Monster Burger and sweet potato fries.

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 20 oz smooth imperial pint at Goose Island Clybourne (Chicago, IL).

A: Dark brown with ruby edges with a short 1/4 finger plush light beige head with decent retention and plenty of lace.

S: Cocoa and medium-dark crystal malts dominate the aroma, but there is definitely a kick of citrus and floral in the nose as well.

T: The flavor is carried by milk chocolate, cocoa, and roasted dark malt with some lighter tobacco notes as it warms. The hops bitterness is relatively subdued but the orange and grapefruit citrus provides a nice counter to the heavy dose of chocolate.

M: Very clean and smooth with more body than the ABV would predict but with plenty of drinkability.

O: Another winner from Goose Island -- this brew really treads the line of sweetness, chocolate, and maltiness very well while providing some interesting hop character.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Lost Dog in Arlington, Virginia.

Pours a dark cola brown color with a bubbly tan head that slowly recedes leaving bits of lacing along the glass.

Aromas begin with lots and lots of toasted dark brown bread with emerging amounts of mocha and nuts as it warms. Some underlying English fruity yeast esters emerges as it warms.

The tastes begin with some sweet brown bread maltiness, with the nutty and mocha flavor developing by mid-palate. As it warms you get a little more honey whole wheat bready sweetness and some light caramel as well.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is mainly slightly sweet and toasted.

Overall this is one of the better American Brown ales considering how low the ABV is. Most sessionable Brown ales are super watery and flavorless, but this is quite enjoyable and something I would definitely revisit down the road.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice deep brown color, a light tan colored head on top with a good retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer had a big malt nose with a healthy amount of roasted nuts also. There is a decent amount of yeast aromas too. The taste of the beer is nicely roasted, it's sweet too up front and finishes with a good bitterness. The mouthfeel of this beer is creamy and smooth, subtle carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this beer is quite good in my opinion. I would enjoy this one over and over again I think.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a dark stout, yet definitely has the dark brown hue of a nut ale. Excellent foam, lacing, and thickness.

Smell: Roasted nuts, coffee, and toffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially some thick smoky sweetness. Then the coffee flavors hit. Finishes with a clean sweetness and more roasted nuts. It's been a while since I've actually had this, but I definitely know that I absolutely loved it.

Overall: My favorite brown ale. Easily.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 19, 2012

S: Nuttiness, toasted malts.

T: Sweet, nutty, lightly toasted malts. Vanilla creaminess on the swallow with just a hint of roast and cocoa on the end, along with light hops on the finish.

M: Medium.

O: A decent and easily drunk brown. Not a robust brown, but still interesting enough.

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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 Dope
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/29/12. Almost 6 months old.

A: Pours brown with a big bubbly light brown head.

S: Toasted malt and nuttiness mainly. Some caramel. Creamy. Subtle, nothing really jumps out.

T: Lots of toasted malt, almost pretzel-like with a nice caramel to compliment it in the middle. Mild nuttiness throughout, but mainly in the finish. Some cocoa lingers in the aftertaste as well.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Just a touch watery, however.

O: A nice mild brown ale. Cocoa is a nice touch. It's pretty mild but nicely balanced with a great smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark chestnut brown with some off white head.

Smell is malt forward with just enough floral hops. Slightly smoky nuttiness in there with musty grain.

Taste follows nose with hints of chocolate. More hop bitterness on the palate than in nose.

Medium bodied brown. I'm down for a few of these.

Not a bad offering from GI. Try it.

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Photo of Eddxii
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ale pours a dark brown with reddish hints, almost mahogany in its presentation. Along the surface a thin and unassuming tan lacing rests, opening expansive windows into the darkness below. The aroma is as expected. Malts and the essence of nuts…dark hazelnut…maybe more chestnut…align with phenolic elements, though not in a negative way.

Upon the initial taste, maltiness rules the day. There’s hardly a note of hops to speak of as they hide beneath the dark caramel and roasted chocolate taste. The ale is quite-full figured, if I may apply that term to a beer. It’s delicious, a warming beer with excellent balance. The finish is strong with the dark chocolaty and caramel malts. The nuttiness dallies just a bit but then vanishes without lingering, enticing you to another sip.

What’s this? I have a small milk chocolate bar here on my desk. Let’s see how it mingles, eh?

Oh…oh, that’s delightful. The innate caramel and chocolate roastiness of the ale merge with the chocolate, and the nuttiness envelops the whole experience into sweet elation. I’ve now had dessert for the evening.

As I said, and as many others have said, the Goose Island Nut Brown Ale is a very good representative of the English brown ale style, which, granted, may be in rather low demand as Americans tend to favor the hoppier styles. The nuttiness is there, but it’s not the mark of the beer. More of a stylish accessory, if you will.

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