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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

1,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

Chocolate color, honey and tobacco aromas, nutty flavor, medium body.
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Goose Island Nut Brown Ale pours from the bottle a deep dark cola brown with a nice inch of bubbly khaki head sitting atop the brew. Dark red hues push out from the sides of the glass when held up to the light. Aromas are a nice mix of fresh roasted nuts, chocolate and caramel sweetness. Quite rich with a lovely herbal, citric hoppy background. I'm really enjoying the nose on this one!

First sip brings a roasty malt swirl with notes of cocoa, caramel and a nice nutty character. Subtle burnt notes weave in and out. On the way down I get a nice complimentary herbal, citric hop that works quite well in the overall brew. A roasty, toasty brown ale that really hits the spot for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and active carbonation. This one goes down easily and packs in plenty of flavor as well. I could easily see myself sitting down to a session with this one. Another tasty Goose brew that I have neglected for too long!

Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12 oz. bottle with "Goose Island Classics" at the top. Perhaps a re-release of an older recipe? Count this as beer # 93 from them here at BeerAdvocate.com.

Pours a deep mahogany brown. 2" tall tan head, nice and creamy with great retention but no lace at all. Looks like a mug of root beer (which, BTW, Goose Island makes and it is AWESOME!!!).
Smell is malt, hops, smoked sausage, earthy & nutty (hazelnuts and walnuts). Nose is not strong but nicely balanced.
Taste is malty, nutty, light smoked sausage with hint of dark chocolate and hops. Label states "a rich, complex beer with notes of caramel, chocolate and honey". I didn't taste any honey or caramel but there was so much going on I'll have to revisit to see if I missed something on the first one.
A smooth, rich brew, lightly effervescent. It flows across the palate & tongue and leaves behind a wonderfully rich, malty, dark chocolate aftertaste. Absolutely fabulous beer. Perfectly balanced and amazingly complex.

Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“Best by 2/19/06, Serve in Imperial Pint Glass”. Well , ok, then! Yup, a good beginning with a dark brown pour, foamy tan head. Oh yeah, the rich chocolate malts overwhelm the nose, and dance on the tongue - along with hints of caramel. Appropriate hop finish to balance out the brew.

Full bodied, thick, with a carbonation kick. Just a strong performer in the English brown ale arena.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brown ale, but I'd go for Arcadia instead. Poured out to a dark cherry brown color with a nice foamy head that was of an off white color. Aromas were light and hard to detect, but traces of caramel and sweet malts were detected. Taste was better than mass produced brown ales (New Castle), but lacked character and depth; flavors of lightly roasted nuts, medium bodied malts and mild herbs and watery coffee seemed to be the extent of what I could make out. Mouthfeel was good and medium bodied. A good level of drinkability. I just expected more flavor and depth from a brewery as good as Goose Island. Worth a try.

Photo of redmosquito
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium brown color with a light not quite white head. Solid malt aroma with good earthy hop tones, the malt has decent complexity with some slight chocolate and some good toasted bread accents. The flavor is well balanced as well, bitterness is there, hops are there, yeasty finish, and of course some malt, not overly sweet, grainy and slightly burnt bread. The body is solid, I don't get a nutty finish as much as I do toasty. A well made brown ale, a far tastier choice than Newcastle.

Photo of 67cuda
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very nice deep dark red color, with a small tan head. Beautiful color! The smell is mainly chocolate and caramel, with some malt present as well... very nice! It tastes similar to the smell, mostly caramel and malt, with a little tartness at the finish. The mouthfeel is quite good as well, nice and medium bodied, there is a fair bit of carbonation, but it adds nicely to it, in my opinion. This is a very drinkable beer, I wish they sold it in my state, as I'd gladly enjoy one now and again.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy beige head with fine carbonation bubbles around the edge. Good head retention and creamy lace. The body is a deep dark ruby brown. Light smell of roasted malts, but otherwise quite clean to the nose. Has a sweet full malty body, slight hop bitterness, and a fairly smooth finish. The carbonation comes on a little strong at the start, but evens out toward the end and seems to help meld the flavors.

A straightforward and immensely enjoyable ale.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad brown ale. Pours to a dark nutty brown, if you can believe it, with a thin tan foam that stays at about a mm after receding from a good inch or so. Leaves a decent lacing.

Smells very nice. Lots of caramel maltiness with only a bit of earthy roast. Smells quite sweet. The flavor is not far off from the nose, though perhaps it is not the best brown ale I've had. Fairly refreshing for a brown, though. Has a nice vanilla flavor as it begins to warm up.

The texture is quite smooth and velvety with a medium body. A slight bitterness envelops the mouth from the nutty, earthy, roastiness, and maybe even some hops, though none are immediately identifyable. Drinkable, though probably not a brown I will be buying again.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark brown color with a lagre creamy light tan head. The aroma is creamy, nutty and sweet. it is very pleasant, but rather faint. The taste is of cream, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but leans toward the thinner side of medium bodied. Overall, this is a decent brown ale. It will do if nothing better is available.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
Now labeled as "Nut Brown Ale"

A-This beer pours a deep dark auburn brown crystal clear body with a nice creamy light tan head.

S- Light malt aroma with some hints of caramel and a little toastiness. No hops.

T- This beer has a light deep malt flavor with some faint toffee notes and a slightly sweet finish. There is a faint note of coffee as it warms with more of a burnt taste to the malt. There is a bit of tanginess to the finish.

M- medium mouthfeel with a little watery texture. No real astringency or alcohol warmth.

D-This beer is nice to drink ice cold but as it warms slightly more of the harsher malt qualities come through. It has a little tanginess to it in the finish, and the watery mouthfeel comes through stronger.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available in Eastern South Dakota. Pours a rich mahogany brown color with a good head and limited lace, but both dissipate over time. The head retention though did last throughout the tasting. The smell is very toasty with stronger malt characteristics and hints of nuts. Next to no hops at all, but that is ok per style.

The taste is rich in malt. A noticeable roasted malt is first noted but is quickly blended nicely with a good molasses and a rich caramel taste. Not really sweet. I don't really taste the chocolate noted by others. The hops are mild and really you have to look for them. A good earthy feel to them.

Good body and limited carbonation. Very smooth in flavor but limited malt taste. It has an American feel than more of a traditional dark ale. Good taste and enjoyable.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I admit bias in favor of this beer. The first time I had it, I was deep in the heart of the Baraboo Bluffs with a good friend during a warm summer rain storm. It was like a moment from Last of the Mohicans and it greatly added to my enjoyment of the hex nut.

That, however, was more than 5 years ago and this beer still stands up to my maturing taste buds.

I'll admit that I enjoy it better on tap and might rate the smell a bit higher. It's still quite delicious in a bottle. This one had a freshness date on it. Good.

Sweet nutty malts are the main flavor here and I'm a fan. The finish is crisp and grassy with a slight bitterness.

The color is a reassuring deep brown. This is not a beer with a color complex. It is quite brown indeed.

The smell is simple and malty sweet, also quite nutty.

Although, not a very complicated brew, it gets the job done. Very drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nutty and lightly chocolatey, Goose Island's Nut Brown Ale captures the spirit of northern English brown ales very well. With enough succulence to appease the taste buds but creamy-dry enough to be thirst quenching, this brown ale does it all.

Capped by a sturdy but understated sandy-tan head, the beer underneath shows colors of garnet and ruby with all is lustrous clarity and broken lace. The beer is quite handsome.

Chocolate and walnut fill the nose, as well do complementary aromas of starchy malt, buttered toast, and light woody hops. The sweet back of mild toffee gives shape to the malt and allures the first sip.

Deliciously malty with oily walnut, medium chocolate, hazelnut, pecan, bread crust, medium toast, vanilla, and freshly kilned barley. Less sweet that one would imagine, the flavors of toffee are there but not with all the associated sweetness. Instead, the majority of sweetness is supplanted with the starchy taste of Whoppers candy. Thrown in are enough of the noble English hops to provide a broad and structured earthen bitter balance. Most of the bitterness seem easily derived from walnut oils.

Medium bodied, the low-lying carbonation that's responsible for the low head character is also responsible for the restrained creaminess to give impressions of fullness and richness. But the carbonation washes away the creaminess and sweetness and allows for a finish of wood dryness, mint-like alcohol warmth, and mild toast.

It's an any-occasion type of beer that stands alone in taste, provides high refreshment, and complements nearly any entree from caramelized meats to sauteed vegetables, and even desert afterwards.

A good Nut Brown, however, I think I got an expired bottle. Opens up with nich roasted aroma followed by hop, chocolate, and pecan aromas; most of which were a little subdued. Brown-ruby colors revealed a moderate tan head with some lacing. Flavors brought in the roasted, chocalate, toffee, vanilla, pecan, walnut flavors behind a solid dark malt base. Fermentation brought a good sourness, when added to the hop bitterness, offset the sweetness nicely. Medium body revealed good creamy texture aided by good carbonation. Finished a bit grainy and abrupt. Age of the bottle showed flavors of cardboard and copper. Must try a fresher bottle to compare.

Photo of petercmartin1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Nice dark brown pour that has a nice red hint when held to the light. Beautiful thick off-white head, but it doesn't last long.

Aroma-Very toasty nose with nice hint of nuts and a background of coffee

Taste-This beer is all about roasted malt. Nice toasty nut flavor with a nice hint of bitterness due to some of the darker malts and the light hopping. Really a pretty sweet, malty beer. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel-A little over carbonated and a slightly light mouthfeel leave me wishing for a little heavier body.

Drinkability-I really like this beer. Nice flavors and aromas and it is very easy to drink. It's beers like this that proves that Goose Island is a great brewery. The fact that they can consistently produce beers like this even as they grow larger shows that it can be done. Miller and AB, take some lessons!!!!

Photo of zjungleist
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

New packaging (no "Hex" here). Almond brown in color with a loose off-white head that does not last. The smell is fairly light and sweet, mainly light caramel and faint hops. The taste has a slighly seltzer-like quality to it, with plenty of burnt caramel flavor, some light caramel notes, and slightly bitter hops to finish. Mouth feel is very soda-like and somewhat thin at times. No long lasting aftertaste. This beer is not fantastic, but it is non-offensive and goes down very easy.

Photo of fisherman34
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of thechaacster
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown that turns a brilliant ruby when held to light. Disappointing lack of head. I suspect that this might be an old bottle. Sweet aroma of caramel and raisins. Nice and malty, true to the style. Rich dark caramelly malt flavor, with coffee and raisin backup. Mild herbal hop bitterness rounds it out. I'm not a huge Goose Island fan (despite it being the most readily available micro in Chicagoland) but all things considered this is quite a nice ale.

Photo of battlekow
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive dark caramel color, catches the light well. Good lacing. Smells like cooked vegetables, "cabbagelike." Tastes the same upfront, but with a really nice malt husk bitterness to save it from being completely dull. I liked this beer a lot more before I started trying a bunch of different kinds of brown ales. It's a good jumping-off point.

Photo of quasimoto
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark caramel/chocolate with hints of crimson and had a nice fluffy tan/beige head, with large bubbles. The aroma was of toasted malt, caramel, honey and a slight astringency on the end. It had a taste of roasted malt, molasses, burnt caramel, charcoal and oak. But when I wasn't looking it hit me with the flavor of a very creamy choco-mochachino ice cream. The mouthfeel was very slick and creamy. Light on the pallette with little carbination. Overall, this is a very top-notch nut brown ale. I'd enjoy this as a session beer also due to it's low ABV.

Photo of schoolcb
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogony brown with a nice tan head that dissipates but leaves a thin fine lace. Fairly clear. Malty aroma with a hint of roastiness. Flavor of this beer is fantastic. Nice malty richness with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and faint fruity esters. Medium body and well carbonated. I haven't had an opportunity to try anything from this brewery in the past as they don't ship to TX, however I'm in Indiana and picked up a 6-pack. I will definately be buying some more to take home with me. This is one of the best commercial English Brown Ale's I've ever had!

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown, medium white head forms, and laces well. Smell is malty, some chocolate notes. Taste is very nutty, substantial malt, chocolate and coffee is present. Very very smooth and creamy beer, light carbonation, medium mouthfeel. A good offering from the Goose.

Photo of whynot44
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice chestnut brown color with a moderate tan head.

The aroma is brown sugar, molasses, or toffee, a bit of roasted malt, toasted nuts and a hint of dark chocolate,

The taste is similar with roasted malt up front, then a molasses, caramel sweetness and a hint of cocoa. Just a touch of herbal hops, barely detectable.

Very smooth, medium to full bodied and easy to drink

Photo of kmpitz2
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a rusty brown color with one finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was brown sugar, nuts and roasted malts. The flavor was nutty and brown sugary sweet. Solid and nice on the tongue. The feel was a light moderate with too much carbonation. This could easily be a session beer. IT was very smooth and drinkable. A nice beer all around.

Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a frothy beige head that rises up and settles quickly, leaving a fine cap atop the liquid. Light aroma of toasty malts and brown sugar. Flavor is light upfront, leaving me wondering where it is. It slowly grows as it moves across the tongue - very light biscuity malts, some brown sugar, a bit of toffee, some cocoa, but not much more. Perhaps a tiny hop tingle as if finishes, but the carbonation could be fooling me.

Photo of OatherS
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normal Goose Island bottle with the goose on front.

Appearance: Pours watery and amber, but brown in glass. No head.

Smell: Subtle chocolate odor.

Taste: Mighty tasty beer. Chocolate flavor is subtle, mixed with coffee undertones.

Mouthfeel: Nice and liquidy.

Drinkability: Really good beer. Definitly could see myself buying this in a six pack!!

Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.