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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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1,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 42
Gots: 43 | 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 burnstar
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a good sized persistant head which leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is sweet malt with a few fruit notes. The taste is dominated by sweet caramel malt with a lot of roasted malt which adds complexity and bitterness. There are some faint chocolate and fruit notes. This beer has a nice medium body and is quite drinkable.

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

Appearance- Pours a rather small head but with a decent retention and film until about halfway through the beer. No visible lacing, but was able to notice some "tiny bubbles...in the beer" break the surface of the beer. Color was of potato skin and the crust of polish rye bread.

Smell- A nice roasty malt with some watery hops to add to the pleasant grainy perfume.

Taste- Starts out with a sweet, roasted malt of maple syrup. Then leads and ends with a light dash of hops to add a little dryness.

Mouthfeel- For a darker beer, this was a very light to maybe medium bodied beer. Definetly a session beer for me.

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

a - Small head with a non-aggressive pour. Dark mocha color. Light lacing on sides of the glass. Fine bubbles constantly rising.

s - Not a particularily strong or distinctive smell. What there is, is pleasant and earthy, like nuts and figs.

t - Taste is subtle and nutty with hints of molasses. Aftertaste is of dark fruitiness.

m - Feels a little thin in the mouth. Carbonation holds up to the bottom of the glass.

d - I would drink it again. Goes down smooth and easy.

Photo of heyitsbyron
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a single from Woodman's in Madison ($1.25) into my newly-acquired Goodwill tulip glass.

Deep deep deep brown color, almost like a porter. Head was slightly darker than ivory and didn't stick around long.

Smells decent, woody and kind of like tobacco. Some nuttiness.

Taste was more bitter than I expected. Nutty, slightly smoky, but rather undistinguished. I prefer a bit more malty and yeasty flavors, but this was a good shot at a "nut brown".

Felt freakin' awesome in my mouth. Smooth, creamy, soft, well carbonated. Almost perfect I would say. Excellent job here.

Like most other beers, I'd drink it again if I didn't have to pay for it or if I were in a bar and there were nothing better on tap. It goes down well and is very satisfying, but I do crave more flavor and more booze.

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

Pours a nice amber brown into my glass with a good light tan head that fades as the beer warms up, but leave fairly nice lacing.

Smells of caramel malts and not much else. Almost smells a little dusty, but I think thats from sitting on a shelf for too long. Rich malty taste with a hint of bitterness at the end.

An all-around great brown ale, tasty and easying drinking. I'd really like to try this on-tap.

Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle drops the word Hex from the label, but it is the same beer.

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a nice thick two finger head. Nice lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: toasted nuts and caramel are detectable.

Taste: sweet caramel and toasted nuttiness as detected by the nose, along with some mild bitterness. Very simple yet tasty.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, and the finish is smooth and mildly dry. Medium bodied.

Drinkabilty: superbly drinkable, overall a very enjoyable brown ale worth seeking out.

Photo of murphysbleachers
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle labeled Goose Island Classics, Brown Ale
(I'm told this is the the same as the Hex Nut) into a pint glass.
A: Nice tan rocky head. Dark brown, almost reddish when held up to the light. Nice lacing down the glass as I drink it.
S: Nutty and woody. Malt, don't smell any hops really.
T: Notes of nut and chocolate. My girlfriend says Nutella, and I can see that. Lingering bitterness in the finish.
M: Thicker than I expected, a little oily. Nice.
D: Good brew from Goose, exceeded my expectations, and I'll probably be drinking more of it. This is the best thing I've had from them in a bottle that's not in the "reserve" series.

Photo of frazbri
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island Nut Brown Ale poured opaque brown with a short tan head and slight lacing. Aroma of honey and toasted marshmallow. Initial blast of caramel sweetness, some chocolate, a little hazelnut and a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.

This is a good brown ale to drink when you want something a little sweet. The sweetness dominates initially, but the bitterness balances out after the first sip.

Photo of Bumpon10s
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice deep color, a rich coffee hue. Not quite black, just brown enough to see through. Poured with a small head that stayed constant.

S - A touch of malts and scattered sweetness, a light presence that lets you know it's there.

T - Sweet malt, coffee and a dab of chocolate. Pretty good as far as a range of flavors. It waters down a bit in the middle, but picks back up at the end.

M - A sufficently rich and creamy beer. Very nice per style, a scarily quick beer to drink.

D - Having only one of these in my fridge was a bummer. I really did want another, maybe 2. As quick as it goes down, this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of hero27
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best when consumed by: 03/21/06

I remember this as being "Hex Nut Brown Ale", but now apparently it's just labeled "Nut Brown Ale".

Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a small beige head and small flecks of oily lacing. Smell is very faint roasted malts and light coffee accents. Taste follows suit with a bit more robust flavor than I expected, but still has a pretty light mouthfeel overall. I've never been too impressed by the style, but I've had better Nut Brown's than this. Not unoffensive in any aspect...but nothing to write home to mom about. Worth a try? Sure, why not.

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife brought this one along with some other Goose Island beers back to PA after a family visit in Illinois. This one was brownish in color with ruby red hues. Little head when poured and little lacing as I drank it. Malts are sweet smelling along with nutty and caramel aromas. Dark fruits are also present, prunes and raisins, but also a little metal somewhat like a kitchen sink. Taste is very nutty, but some caramel taste gives it a little sweetness. Seems thin, but smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer exited the bottle and displayed a brilliant deep brown colour. A moderately aggressive poor yielded about a finger of sticky looking tan head. The head held fast for some time as I examined the properties of appearance. The nose was not overly aromatic, but it held some subtle and pleasant scents of chocolate and musty nuttiness. The taste was very mild and soothing as I find most brown ales to be. Chocolate and caramel tones were notable as proclaimed on the label. Soft hints of brown sugar and overtones of graininess filled the air as well. There was also an oily nut character that combined well with the other flavours. The mouthfeel was fluffy and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation and oily slickness. Very drinkable. A great beer.

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.

Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.