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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

962 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

stanale, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

mikerems, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

bigeyedfish89, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

argock, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dcbdc1, Oct 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

gpawned, Oct 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

NateMac13, Oct 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

prisoner1572, Oct 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Benjaminwileketchum, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rev_jimmy, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dexterk1, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Number3red, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jrfehon33, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

SaxmanRick, Sep 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

fionn13, Sep 20, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

claspada, Sep 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

2dogbrew, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jdhasse, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

cunninsa, Sep 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

TheBigBoy, Sep 13, 2012
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, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Knapp85, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jgarvis, Sep 04, 2012
Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.