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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

941 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just like the label says, this one is brown and really rather nutty. Good patchwork of retained lace throughout. The beer is alll about nuttiness as is picked up immediately on the nose. In the mouth a pronounced sweet, oily, and even a tad savory roasted peanut flavor chimes in. The sensation is like that of eating a Resess peanut butter cup-sweet, then chocolatey, then salty, then roasted aftertaste sensations. Another session styled offering from goose, and a decent nut to bust for cool weather season here in the city.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 01:45:15 | More by moulefrite
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marburg

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown and very clear. A slight malty aroma is basked in the glow of bittersweet chocolate. Light to medium-bodied brew but a bit thin and lacking in depth. Bready, cookie-like malt flavor and feel. A roasted presence on the tongue becomes the outstanding feature through the carmelized and burnt sugar finish. Minus its roasty, chocolatey character, this brew is a bit "normal." As it is, it's a highly drinkable ale with a little bit of unique character.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 01:29:30 | More by marburg
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle:Poured a very small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles.The body was carbonated with a dark brown hue.The nose had notes of coffee and malts and chocolate.This beer's flavor was that of coffee with a mild aftertaste.It had a smooth, thin, watery texture with a light body.The lacing was fair.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 22:13:51 | More by hotstuff
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beerguy101

California

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, medium beige head. Aroma is nutty, malty and slightly sweet. Medium bodied nut brown ale. Nice nutty flavor, full roasted malts. Smooth flavor. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Aftertaste is nutty and slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 00:21:53 | More by beerguy101
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer. Had it on tap. Very smooth and easy to drink with a hint of nut in the flavor. It pours a cloudy brown color with a small, but thick head and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was very sweet and nutty. The flavor was very much the same with a nice maltiness to finish it up. The malty/nuttiness sticks with you in the aftertaste for a great finish. I would have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2003 12:45:00 | More by clvand0
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johnrobe

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goose Island brews represent some of the best values in microbrews today. They are rarely exceptional, but pretty solid overall and not expensive. This brew pours a dark, tawny brown with virtually no head. The aroma doesn't leap out at you but there's some definite maltiness and faint roasted grain. The taste is malt dominated with toffee, a bit of cafe latte and a finish of roasted grain/barley flavor. A good, easy-drinking food-friendly brew, although it seems a bit thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 10:45:24 | More by johnrobe
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a dark brown with copper highlights, topped by a tan head that is relatively thick and fades to a malty film of foam. Nice caramel and a slightly nutty aroma, perhaps a hint of choclate along with the light hoppiness. The taste is nice and malty, with a very nice nutty finish. The light sweetness is balanced well by the bitter hops on the finish. Chocolate covered caramel flavors intertwine with the nut and slightly roasted malt flavors. This is a well balanced and slightly complex beer, which makes it enjoyable. The mouthfeel is smooth with enough carbonation to lighten the presence on the palate. Drinakbility is very good, as this would be a great session beer. Finishes almost neutral, with just a slight lingering hops and nut aftertaste. This has got to be one of the better browns available. None better come to mind at the moment. (maybe Avery's Ellie's Brown). For $6 a sixer, this will be hard to beat. I will buy a bit more on my next trip towards the heartland.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 21:23:23 | More by aaronh
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Jables

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The epitome of a 4.0 beer. In every category it is above average, just not much above average. THe appearance is dark amber with a malty, nutty aroma. The flavor is typical of a brown ale, light nutty and better when not too cold. The only hoppy flavors come out when this is just colder than room temp. I recommend decanting and leaving for at least a half hour. Then the flavor is nutty and warming to the throat. very enjoyable with good drinkability. For the money, this is a tough beer to beat.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 15:39:45 | More by Jables
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bobinverted

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hex Nut Brown Ale is dark reddish brown in appearance with minimal head and lacing. Moderately sweet and earthy in flavor at first, with a slightly astringent, medium bodied mouthfeel and then somewhat bitter finish. Hoppy aroma and delicious flavor, but not exactly what I expected from a nut brown ale. In my opinion Hex Nut Brown Ale is more like a stout in many ways. It's far roastier and hoppier than say Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. To me Hex Nut Brown Ale seems a little unusual for the style, but it's still very good. I hope to try more offerings from Goose Island soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 17:52:44 | More by bobinverted
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cbill

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yummy, not quite what i was expecting though. i like brown ales to be nuttier and with the "nut" in the title i thought i had that coming. anyway, still a very good beer. dark, dark brown appearance and roasty smell. goes down very smooth, i could drink it all night, and i'm pretty sure i did. i definately recomend, but not my fav brown ale

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 19:16:02 | More by cbill
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really deep dark mahogany brew that is just great in initial appearance. Nice tan head that fades far too quickly and leaves only faint traces of lace. Strong nose has delicate malt notes and, perhaps, just a hint of hops. The body is medium to light and a bit watery. Flavors come across as a sweet start with a mildly bitter ending in the front that lingers for an instant then disappears leaving behind a very dry finish. Very drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 20:07:10 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

for sure a good beer. If youre into coffee style beers, this ones for you. Comes out with about an inch of a nice light brown head, smelling like a stroll through colombia (the part the US isnt herbasiding all the time). Tastes like a morning cup, smells great, another good installment from goose island.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 21:25:18 | More by Tballz420
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a rockin' good nut brown! Great color, darker then most browns. Very deep brown and glowing, with a light head of foam that fizzes out quickly. Aroma city with this stuff, excellent coffee tone with a strong nut and caramel roastyness. The smell of this stuff was sooo gooood. Tastes just as wonderful as it smells echoing all the aromas with superb balance of sweet caramel malt, hazelnut, some chestnut & pecan maybe, with cocoa and vanilla like notes. Smooth medium body and solid nutty hold on the tongue and mouth. Drinkable, you bet! Very drinkable, very good, very flavored. Great googlymoogly Goose Island has done a great job on this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 16:47:26 | More by tavernjef
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mohagony hue. Thin, creamy light brown head recedes to a collar in about a minute. Lacing is spotty at best. Nice little roasted nut/vanilla bean/coffee nose. The taste is very pleasant. Some underlying cocoa accentuates the roasted qualities nicely. Mix in a little hop bitterness and flavor, and this is not too bad. One of my favorite brown ales. The carbonation is just right to provide a creamy mouthfeel. Body is medium full and the overall drinkability of this brew lends itself to a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 19:04:30 | More by Bighuge
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale poured clear and dark-coffee brown with a hint of red when held to the light. There was rich tan foam, and lively carbonation. The smell was very nice: caramel, sweet malty, a bit of chocolate - a rich "creamy" aroma. The taste was malty with some coffee and caramel; not overly sweet with some hop bitterness, and a lingering caramel flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a balance of hops and caramel. This was a very drinkable dark brown ale.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 22:11:35 | More by UncleJimbo
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purplehops

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex Nut pours a deep Walnut brown with a tan head that last for some time. Little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet malt with some hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste starts with rich notes of caramel malt and effervescence on the tip of the tongue. This quickly moves on to a blend of chocolate, coffee, caramel and grain flavors. The finish is sweet in taste but dry in feel to the mouth. Aftertaste is chocolate and malt with hints of coffee and cocoa. The mouthfeel is medium to light with a well balanced carbonation.
Overall a very nice brown ale for the person ( i.e. me ) who really doesn't like brown ales that much. Much sweeter and richer than most brown ales but balanced not cloyingly sweet. Would like to see a wee bit more hop flavor come through in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 00:14:45 | More by purplehops
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Hobbz

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't sample many nut brown ales throughout the year, but this is one of the better ones I have had of the American variety. Poured a very rich, darkish brown. Darker than I had anticipated. Smelled of rich malt with some toastiness. The finest and bare minimum of lacing, surrendering everywhere but the very edges of my pint glass. Taste has the nutty quality, but also an equally partnering chocolate-malt/light roast tang - a bit unique. Nice craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 19:12:27 | More by Hobbz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown color, and a small tan head. Aroma is soft, nutty, notes of caramel, toffee. Nice initial hop play on the palate, with solid malty sensation coming in from behind. Full-bodied and full of flavor. Warm, toasty, and tasty, the nut flavors continue through the finish. Well-textured and satifying, a perfectly delicious ale. Great craft-brews like this really show up the naked emperors of the big beer world, like the dismal, thin Newcastle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 12:44:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a very dark brown ale, with red hues around the edges of the glass where the light came through. The head was pretty thin and left little lace on the glass

Smell: A farly rich smell that had no nuttiness to it that I could detect. Kind of disappointing considering that this is a nut brown ale.

Mouthfeel: At first I thought this beer was rather thin, but the more I drank, the fuller it seemed to become. I don't quite know what to attribute that to.

Taste:This beer wasn't bad. It was dry and had a sort of bitter, bile flavor that I sometimes detect in certain beers. That is not a bad thing, mind you, just the best description that I can come up with for that flavor. I didn't really detect much malt or hops. Just a dry bitterness. It was good, though.

Overall, not bad. I have had it before and think I enjoyed it more that time, however.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 18:39:42 | More by Quaffer
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was very dark brown with a little amber coloring. The head was dissappointing lasting for only a minute or two. The aroma was very strong with caramel, malts, and maybe some chocolate. Very little nut taste for a nut brown ale but still very good. Very little hops to speak of. One of the best nut brown ales I've tried, especially for the price. I look forward to trying more of the Goose Island products.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 12:39:41 | More by Bruiser81
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jackndan

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hex Nut Brown: from Goose Island in Chicago. A very brown beer, with not much of a head. I do recall that at one time I was not much of a fan of this beer, but it does appear that it has grown on me. Not much head, but the taste is fairly decent, very malty, not much in the way of hops, but all in all a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 20:04:26 | More by jackndan
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights. Has a light brown head with good lace-work. Has a toasted malt aroma as well as a nutty aroma. The flavors are of sweet toast/roast malt. Chocolate and nutty flavors weave their way through this brew. The hop bitterness is way in the background on this one. The carbonation is at a low level with this light-medium bodied beer. Overall, this is an excellent beer, with various nutty and toasty malt flavors. I would definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 09:33:45 | More by BeerBuilder
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maxpower

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown color, bready-caremel aroma. Small off white head, doesn't last long, sweet nutty malt flavor, starts sweet and finishes clean, light body, watery mothfeel, but does have some good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 18:15:06 | More by maxpower
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Winter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost opaque brown with a foamy light tan head. Aroma consisted of chocolate malt, roasted caramel and nuts. Taste is of bitter chocolate, burnt malt and a strong smokey finish. The finish kept reminding me of the taste of a full-bodied cigar. Very complex and satisfying brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 20:51:33 | More by Winter
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zerk

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with a thin tan head that settles quickly and nearly dissapears. Aroma of roasted malt... coffee and chocolate. Flavor isn't nutty at all... a lot of roasted chocolate flavor. Light to medium body with low carbonation. A very solid beer, but nothing that really jumps out at you. A good session ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2002 10:44:29 | More by zerk
Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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