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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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977 Ratings

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 39
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on Tap at GI Clybourne
This beer is a brilliantly clear, deep-dark ruby-amber color. The head is frothy and a tan color. The aroma is full of roasted malt notes, sweet caramel, coffee, and grain husks. The taste is full and malty sweet, and has lots of caramelized malt notes to it. This beer is also nicely fruity with notes of raisin and fig. Interestingly enough this beer is not nearly as roasty in character as the aroma suggested, it has a bit of lightly toasted graininess to it, and a hint of roasted grain husks, but these are far from being dominant characteristics of this beer. From about the middle onward there is a nice balancing bitterness that tickles the tongue yet relinquishes its grip after the beer disappears down my throat. This is another very enjoyable brown ale by Goose Island.

Gueuzedude, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, not brown. Looks like a guinness, actually, not quite opaque with ruby hues. Nice head, good retention.

Smells like flowergarden hops, very present and very complex. The nose improves as the beer gets warmer, with odors of nutty malt making their way into the mix.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. Floral hops dominate the front along with just a little bit of barley malt and toasted bread, the nuttiness comes in on the back along with a nice alcohol dryness.

An almost perfectly fizzy mouthfeel helps this beer go down smooth.

mynie, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of BeerBob
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Goose Island Hex Nut Brown Ale pours a deep and very dark red from a 12oz brow glass bottle. Head went to about one and a half fingers before disappearing all together. No ring... no lace... no islands of foam... nothing but a smooth clear surface.

Nose is of moderately floral hops and sweet malt, a pleasant combination I might add.

Palate was given away by the nose, moderately floral hops and sweet malt with a smooth citrus and some coffee notes mixed in.

Hex Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island is a good offering from the “Windy City”, one that I will visit again, I am sure.

BeerBob, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of nomad
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing auburn mahogany with not much else on top - a fair looker. Smells of abundant chocolate notes with a good creaminess, with a light caramel but earthy background. Good yeast-produced fruitines shines through with time.

Tastes of a bare fruitiness from a fairly neutral yeast on top of a strong core of chocolate malt flavor with a soft roastiness that tickles late. Shows a soft, earthy bitterness of hops. Mild finish for the style creates a balanced experienced and helps with the drinkability. Moderate mouthfeel.

Overall, simple but effective.

nomad, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of mkopera24
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from the pub. It has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Just the exact mixture of domestic and imported malts to give that subtle hint of chocolate and an almost "tobacco-ish" taste. Not very bitter at all. It has a darker brown appearance that when served in a pint glass is my idea of the perfect brown ale.
Also available in bottles, but if you are in Chicago and are able to visit either brewpub, do it! Not only is the beer and food amazing, but the servers are always more than happy to get into the details of the process involved in this, or ANY of their great beers. When drinking this beer at either of their locations, it's best served in a 12oz pint glass. It's the best to experience the aroma that hits your nose perfectly before letting the beer hit the back of your tongue. Just another winner from one of the best breweries in the world.

mkopera24, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle from a Pub Pak, freshness date "011205. Pours a rusty amber color. I'm not crazy about the smell-there's something I don't like, but I can't put my finger on it (maybe it's the water...). Taste is a bit chocolaty and toffeeish, quite nice.

Overall, not a bad brown, and pretty easy to drink. I certainly wouldn't say no to having another one.

skybluewater, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall fluffy off-white head that didn't last long. Chestnut brown beer that reveals a ruby glow to the light.

Piercing, clean scent that grows more malty as it wams.

Nice hop bite up front overlaying nutty caramel malt.

Medium body, decent fizz, bit of resin in the finish.

A pleasantly solid brown ale. I'd like to find more of this.

gentlebubbles, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok Its not often we get Goose Island up here in Oregon..I found a six of this in the Salem "Grocery Outlet".
Nice enough beer poured into the pint mug..though the head did get a little out of hand, flowing over and invading the computer desk. When all is calmed down its a nice dark brown beer with a lovelly frothy, sticky off white head .
Good clean malty aroma.
Taste was very "English" that is the malts seem to predeominate, but actually as the sip continues you realize there is a nice hop backbone..its a well balanced beer this one.
Balanced mouthfeel..smooth and nice and thick on the palate.
Lovelly brown ale..I really enjoyed this , very drinkable and it only cost me $3.99 a sixer.

Reidrover, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of afinepilsner
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a ruby-brown color that had a small head which did not last long at all. minimal lacing.
There is a malty aroma.
Tastes of malt, but not very sweet considering the malt.
fairly full body and sort of creamy
I would definately have another, if I had one.

afinepilsner, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliant rubied brown, very attractive with perfect clarity. A short cream colored head forms with a vigorous pour, receding quickly to a patchy mist. The head maintains throughout the glass, but there's nothing in the way of lace.
The aroma is very nice. Rich caramel maltiness sprinkled with a touch of chocolate and a pervasive hazelnut quality. Mild plum and perhaps some fig, lurking beneath. A mild background of woody, herbal, english feeling hops. My guess is fuggles? Perhaps a touch of fresh, moist tobacco.
The flavor starts with a sweetish, sugary caramel malt. A bit of chocolate and honey sweetness enter through the middle, meeting a soft plum fruitiness. A touch of bittersweet chocolate malt in the finish, along with a mild, herbal hopping. A bit of wood and grassiness, very subtle. The finish showcases a moderate hazelnut flavor, blending seamlessly with the chocolate and caramel maltiness. A lingering malty sweetness in the aftertaste, along with a nutty flavor. Mild, english styled carbonation supports a lightish medium body. Smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel.
I generally like brown ales, and this is no exception. A very good nose, with a very drinkable flavor. They really nailed that mild, drinkable english brown ale style. I'd drink lots of this if it were available locally. Cheers, mate.
Thanks to oldcrustacean for the bottle!

UnionMade, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tawny ruby brown hue with a creamy toffee tan head leaves retains well as it slowly dwindles leaves behind thick patches of scattered lacing not bad. Aroma: A nutty chocolate toned edge in the forefront with creamy milky sweetness in the finish with roasted edges I feel this beer is a very nice representation of an English Style Nut Brown ale. Taste: Smooth flowing wave of darker roasted malt sweetness tailed by a touch of bitterness characteristics that shine is the toasted nut with caramel edges very nice chocolate creaminess in the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body very silky texture light carbonation allows this very quaffable. Drinkability: Nice brew I could definitely see myself drinking and enjoying this side by side with Sammy Smith's version.

WVbeergeek, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of bnuttz
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a decent head. smells malty, nutty and slightly of chocolate. Taste are remeniscent of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Very malty, this is almost a desert beer. Fairly easy drinking, and in my eyes would be a great session beer. I rather enjoyed this one. Good job GI

bnuttz, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A damn good nut brown ale. Dark brown with reddish highlights and an off-white tan head of foam that lasts for the long haul. The aromas are of sweet caramel, milk chocolate, light coffee, and some general nut flavors. The taste is nutty up front with some coffee flavors in the middle, and some sweet milk chocolate and caramel flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick for a nut brown, but the drinkability is very good! This reminds me of Sam Smiths nut brown a bit, and that is definately a good thing! Make no mistake! This is a sweet, English style nut brown ale!

francisweizen, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Gritsak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

dark brown with some hits of red...decent light tan head.

smell is sweet with malt and grain

taste is pretty light...not to complex but very refreshing

mouthfeel is pretty thin, as expected..but very smooth and nice blend of carbonation

i could consume alot of these in one sitting..high drinkablity for me

i wasnt expecting much from this, but was suprised..its not a complex beer, but it doesnt have to be...very refreshing beer that is perfect to drink regularly.

Gritsak, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $5.99 for a 6pk.

The appearence is a nice dark brown ale with a small white head that fades quick and minute lacing is there, I really thought this was below average. The aroma was pretty nice for a brown ale; hints of grains are the first noticeable attribute, followed maybe by some sweet stuff?

The taste is pretty standard brown ale; A little more complex version of the typical brown ales I'm used to, maybe a little bock characteristic, pretty pleased... The mouthfeel and drinkability is what the brown ales are for, more of a session beer are what these puppies were designed for, Smoothness and refreshing all the way, yum!

Final Opinion: It's like a modified version of Newcastle Brown Ale, a little more complexity in it, very pleased!

mobyfann, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.2% ABV, 22 IBU, 50 SRM.

Pours out to a clear, very dark-brown with ruby accents, forming a modest soapy dark tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is interesting with notes of soy sauce, smoked malt, ham, molasses...not quite what I was expecting but good nonetheless. Mouthfeel is smooth with a clean finish and medium body. Taste is quite good...Starts with some woodsy/mossy hops, followed by a touch of smoke, a nice amber malt body, some husky grains, a touch of tobacco, leather, and mineralized water in the lightly astringent finish. Mild bitterness and cleanly fermented.

I really enjoyed this brew. One of the best brown ales I've had. The touch of smoked malt really adds character. My type of brown ale...brown but not pansy-ass like Newcastle.

Mitchster, May 15, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle 3 months from Best Use date

A very jewel like red brown color with a tan head, not much cling or lace. Big aroma with caramel and nutty tones. I like the roasted malt candy smells. This has a nose not unlike many porters.

The flavor is sweet, even chocolaty with a solid body that is not syrupy. The finish brings in some hops which is a clean balance.Somewhat of a warming effect at the end.

A very good Chicago beer with wide availability.

brewQ, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Scotty's Brewhouse in Lafayette.
This is one malty beast. I'm not a huge fun of brown ales but this one makes the cut in my book. Pours a nice lucid brown with a creamy frothing head. Smell is very malty and full of caramel and the taste matches the nose well. Very malty with just a slightly sweet finish (which is good because i still have yet to gain an appreciation for super sweet beers). Drinkability is decent as well. Good beer.

soper2000, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, with a tan head that fades, yet leaves a partial layer on top. Smells faintly of carmel and burnt notes, not much of a hops presence. Taste is very one-note. Not much of a flavor transition, or it is just that well balanced. Roasted malt flavaors, again, not much of a hops aftertaste. An ok beer, if not slightly above average.

TastyTaste, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: The beer pours a ruby-brown color. It is also clear. There is a bit of an off-white head that doesn't linger very long. Aroma is nutty, with some roastiness and sweetness to it. The taste is Somewhat nutty and sweet, with some chocolate roastiness in there. A hair watery. A good compliment to the Honker's Ale.

Boto, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep cocoa and cake up front with very solid flavor hopping. Ideal medium body. The malt is rich, but never cloying with sweetness or overwhelming with body. At times, there's enough depth here for a bock/doppelbock. Among brown ales, this is a standard because it never leaves the style. Unlike Newcastle, it has a supple body. Yet, it has absolutely no characteristics of a porter. When you're getting into these subtle dark ale divisions, the lines can be blurred -- a little lighter and Fuller's London Porter is a brown ale. I think it's the interaction of malt and hop that really defines a brown ale moreso even than the color or body, and Goose Island has it down to a science.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark walnut infused with ruby red. The tan colored crown is average in size and eventually falls to a thin film, leaving respectable amounts of tattered lace in the process. The aroma is enjoyable: brown malts with a hint of coffee.

This English brown tastes a little like a weak porter as well. It's malty sweet with echoes of coffee and chocolate. There isn't much hoppiness, but hops do add something to the flavor in a subtle way. Considering the style, there's nothing wrong with the body/mouthfeel.

Goose Island Hex Nut Brown Ale tastes like I hoped it would. I prefer porters and stouts, but this one hits all of its style marks right on the nose. This is a quality brew that I'll be sure to look for again.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brown/dark amber color with little head that disappeared quickly. Minimal lacing.

The smell is nutty, woodsy and malty sweet.

The taste is woody and nutty with a hint of citrus. It leaves a nice smokey aftertaste and has a little hop bitterness, but not much. No off-flavors.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, it hits your mouth with a wallop then settles into its flavors.

A nice beer. Definately drinkable. I'd recommend it and love to try it on tap.

masterbruewer, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Could this be my saviour from a night of bad beer? It sure looks like it could be. The head vanished before I got to it, but it still looks very interesting. This thing definitely has more shades of purple than any so-called brown beer I've ever seen. It smells a little fake, but I'm not sure what's causing that.

It tastes good. There's brown nuts from start to finish with very well-blended hop content. Recommended; any complaints I've had should be considered minor.

watermelonman, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark chocolate brown. Slightly hazy. Looks great. Head is mild.

Smooth coffee and hazelnut hints. Smells smooth and creamy. Very nice.

Creamy chocolate hints. Nutt flavor also comes through. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Good flavor.

Light and crisp. I would like to have the carbonation be a little creamier.

Overall a pretty great beer. Flavor and presentation are top notch.

jsolack, Mar 06, 2004
Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.