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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

1,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English 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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Ratings: 1,031 | Reviews: 452
Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz single, Woodman's Market on the west side, Best by 7/4/06

appearance: pours a full and deep mahogany, on the darker end of the spectrum for english brown ale's, light fizzy tan-beige head, not much retention, creamy tan lacing

smell: rich nutty aroma, toffee, caramel, woody scents, touch of chocolate, lightly toasted malt, a litte buttery, touch of honey...fairly standard but quite bold

taste: toasted malt, defined nuttiness, buttered biscuit, semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, smooth caramel, touch of sweet honey, woody natured...pretty good

mouthfeel: way to heavy on the carbonation, quite distracting

drinkability: not bad except for the distracting carbonation level

Photo of HardTarget
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown twisty with 06 18 06 listed as the best by date (enjoyed in March, 06)

Aroma: Caramel sweetness and a very light hop aroma

Appearance: Deep brown glass with good clarity with backlit. Holds a collar for a while and leaves a bit of lace

Flavor: Nutty sweet base with a nice citric pine hop that balances out well. Just a hint of corn

Mouthfeel: Medium – light body with full carbonation

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, rich taste, medium body; Looks dark but drinks light.

I enjoyed it at the Old Chicago in Manhattan, KS.

Photo of bearrunner44
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany color. Thin, bubbly tan head. The head recedes quickly.

Smell: Dark malt aromas. Notes of caramel, honey, and a subtle woody dryness.

Taste: Smooth, full malt flavor. Tastes of honey, roasted nuts, and lightly smoky coffee elements. These flavors sort of wash together; none of them are especially distinct. The finish features some tightly acidic hop flavor and a big dose of esters.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body; it feels slightly bulky on the tongue. Highly carbonated.

Verdict: The body is fine, but it doesn't have a rich depth of malt flavor. The hops and the estery flavors end up sticking out the most.

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

A deep dark brown color, that is slightly transparent, it has a lite caramel head that disappears very quickly. The sweet smell of malt is very strong folowed by a touch of hops at the end of each scent. The taste is very good the seet malt and the nuttiness from the roasted barley blend well together. In the mouth it feels a tad rich and bit chewy, but is very good goin down. The only down fall is maybe a tad to much carbonation. The beer overall is very good, it makes want to order some welsh rabbit and sit in an english style pub.

Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown, with a moderate head and only some hints of lacing. Aroma is grainy, kinda like biscuits, toasty. Taste is malty, kind of rich, minerally (if that's a word). Nothing outstanding, but better than a Newcastle. I do find this beer to be rather highly carbonated, and that is disracting to me. But it does strike me as a very sessionable beer to enjoy.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle was called Nut Brown Ale, no hex in the name. 12 oz. brown bottle with best when consumed by date of 062806 0119.

Deep dark mahogany in color with a hefty beige head made of big bubbles.

Roasty notes in the nose with a sweet amaretto like smell.

Medium body with a spritzy carbonation. Coffee like roastiness with an apparent nut flavor as well. Long malty finish.

Pretty decent beer.

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

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of burnt toffee and caramel. It's smooth with a dry nutty aroma. The taste is good also. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that boasts of crystal and victory malts. It's full of malty flavor, but it's a little too dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It's got a nice malty taste and a wonderful aroma.

Photo of nlmartin
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a dark brown coloration with some ruby opaque tints. The head was two fingers off white. Minimal lacing remains behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very nice nutty caramel smell about the beer.

Taste: The beer has a very sweet caramel coated nutty taste. The hops leave the beer with a nice dryness.

Mouthfeel: The beer is full bodied. The beer has a very nice dry finish.

Drinkability: The beer is a very solid drinker. This beer has remained in my drinking line up for a long time.

Photo of hanco005
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best consumed by 0406 on the 12 oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass

A—dark opaque brown with 1 inch tan head, no lacing at all

S—chocolate malt is dominate, slight caramel and honey aroma, sweet like candy

T—roasted, smoky chocolate, almost like a chocolate beer (porter or ale), caramel is faint

M—smooth and mellow, heavy bodied with decent carbonation

D—wonderful. I love this beer due to the chocolate that I could taste and will return often.

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.

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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.