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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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941 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-12-2012 14:47:10 | More by wattoclone
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 01:06:10 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-04-2012 00:45:59 | More by jgarvis
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-01-2012 05:14:55 | More by broller
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4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:57:39 | More by tjsdomer2
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-26-2012 04:50:31 | More by enelson
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-24-2012 18:16:02 | More by jaidenjb
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New York

5/5  rDev +32.6%

08-24-2012 00:40:54 | More by Fantalek
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:41:17 | More by greybeardloon
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-14-2012 12:12:58 | More by RustyBoltz
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3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 06:43:57 | More by Rifugium
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:30:28 | More by Dope
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-11-2012 22:38:08 | More by JohneHoodlum
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-11-2012 00:41:20 | More by Joeyuwp
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-11-2012 00:28:38 | More by TheMaimed
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 03:14:35 | More by TheMultiYeast
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:30:03 | More by Eddxii
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-06-2012 03:35:46 | More by fitz284
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-04-2012 02:24:28 | More by brez8791
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Nice classy looking label. Goose island classic style with the goose on a brown field with white and grey stripes.

A - dark brown in color. Light tan head that quickly dissolves leaving the faintest of lace. Little stick anywhere on the glass.

S - mild dark chocolate and caramel aroma. Fairly toasted. Malts are all over the place providing a touch of warm honey whiffs along with a woodsy tobacco aroma with a soft coffee scent. Very little hops here.

T - Caramel and chocolate malt that give a decent amount of sweetness. Rich honey also provide a sweet hint of Almost butternut like character. Very little hops, but does have a dry bitterness. More of a woodsy dry brown with a buttery touch. Faint toasted coffee flavor just before a nut like dry finish.

M - medium bodies and very smooth. It's definitely a dry smoothness. Very easy to drink multiple and enjoyable. It's a good brew to enjoy during a cool fall night which I plan to do.

O - I'm a big fan of Goose Island and always have been. This is a classic for me as I've had many of these in the past. Glad to get around to a well deserved review. The beer is a very good but brown, but what keeps it from being great is its thickness. It is smooth enough, but when I think nut brown ale, I want that stick to your mouth thickness and this is a little thin in that regard. However the flavor, aromas, and color of this ale are dead on and it's a very very good brew without question. A brew every brown ale fanatic should have. Goose island have a little underrated gem here. It's worth the buy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:43:05 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-01-2012 15:26:41 | More by jls988
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-31-2012 22:19:27 | More by Troville1990
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-30-2012 02:55:43 | More by jsurfs82
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-29-2012 19:55:39 | More by Gehrig13
Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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